Parents and Partners – Working together to support children

I strongly believe in a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

I am the product of a great traditional public school upbringing through IPS. My parents believed in the best education for their children. Now, I am a grandparent who has welcomed school choice for my grandchildren. I feel so blessed to be able to share that same enthusiasm and knowledge with all of our families throughout Indianapolis as they navigate through the process of finding a great school for their children.

We’ve witnessed a societal shift where the old model of parental engagement, which only included mothers, has been replaced with a much broader approach of school, family, and community partnerships. This new approach seeks to engage mothers, fathers, step-parents, grandparents, foster parents, other relatives and caregivers, business leaders and community groups.

In addition to the vital roles that parents play in education, through Enroll Indy’s community partnerships and efforts, we also want to be the conduit that helps strengthen families and build community support.

Enroll Indy’s approach is both inclusive and accessible. We want everyone to have the opportunity to send their child to a school that is the right fit for them. Maybe it’s a third grader who loves math or a freshman who is gifted in art – at Enroll Indy, we can help that child be anything and go anywhere.

On November 18, we will officially launch the Enroll Indy School Finder app. It’s a user-friendly tool that has a wealth of information about public schools in the IPS boundaries. I urge you to be on the lookout for it, and download it in advance of the IPS enrollment deadline, which is January 6, 2017.

Lauren Peterson
Manager of Community Engagement and Outreach

Giving every child an easier path to their perfect school

I grew up just outside of Indianapolis, and I dreamed of going to New York University for college. I’d wanted to move to New York for as long as I could remember, and I can’t tell you how excited I was when I was accepted to NYU and my dream was finally coming true.

Fast-forward through my freshman year of college, and the experience was very different from what I expected. NYU was a great school, and I was a really good student, but it just wasn’t a match. NYU wasn’t the right school for me and my needs. I left NYU and ended up studying acting at a small theatre program with about 50 students.

Finding a school match used to only apply to selecting a college. But now, families in Indianapolis have an opportunity to choose a K-12 school that meets their child’s unique needs. We have neighborhood schools, magnet schools, charter schools, innovation schools and private schools throughout the city. Families have more choices than they’ve ever had before, but it can be very complicated trying to find a school match that fits. There are different applications, different deadlines, and different requirements for all of these schools. Every family—no matter where they live or how much money they make—deserve the opportunity to find a school match.

That’s where Enroll Indy comes in. Starting in the center of Indianapolis, we’re working with Indianapolis Public Schools, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and the Indiana Charter School Board to bring better information to families looking for schools in Indy. Our vision is that every child finds a school match that meets their unique needs. That might be your neighborhood school down the street, or it might be a specialized magnet school across the city. Our goal is to make the process of finding a school match more equitable, efficient and transparent—both for families and for our school partners.

Beginning this fall, Enroll Indy will host a School Finder, accessible on your computer or smart phone, to help parents navigate all their school options. In addition to our website, we’ll have a free hotline (1-877-88-ENROLL) and an in-person enrollment center where you can get information about schools in Indianapolis. We will help you find a school that works for your family.

I was lucky that my parents supported me when I decided to leave my dream college to find a better school match. All parents deserve to have the same information and opportunities to find the right schools for their children.  Enroll Indy is here to help.

Caitlin Hannon
Executive Director