Now is the time that eighth grade students and their families begin planning for high school and decide in which classes and programs their students can enroll for next school year. Among the myriad options available in EVSC high schools, the district also offers special innovative programs in which students can enroll. Many of the programs are half day, meaning students spend half of the school day at their home high school and the other half involved in the innovative program of their choice. In addition to the half-day innovative programs, students can also choose to attend the EVSC's newest high school – New Tech Institute or enroll online through the EVSC’s Virtual Academy.
Each innovative option in the EVSC is hosting an open house for families to get more information. In addition to each individual open house, the EVSC is hosting an Advanced Learners Fair on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, located at 1901 Lynch Rd. Each innovative option will be represented at the fair.
Open houses for each innovative option as well as a short description of the program are as follows:
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
: November 16, 7 p.m., Bosse High School Media Center
IB, housed at Bosse High School, is a half day program that is one of only 18 in the state of Indiana. It is a comprehensive liberal arts program for students who are motivated and desire a rigorous college preperatory course. For more information, visit www.evscschools.com/ib.
Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
: November 7; 5:30 – 7 p.m. and November 19, 10:30 a.m. - noon; Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
SICTC is open to juniors and seniors. It offers 10 different career clusters and all programs prepare students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers. Visit www.evscschools.com/sictc
Randall T. Shepard Leadership and Law Academy
: November 2, 6 p.m.; Harrison High School
The Shepard Academy is open to students who are interested in law or criminal justice as well as leadership. It is named after Harrison alumnus and former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard who also takes an active role in the class. Visit www.evscschools.com/shepard
Medical Professions Academy
: November 15, 6:30 p.m., Central High School Media Center
MPA is housed at Central High School and is for students who are interested in a career in medicine. MPA integrates science, English, digital communication and Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences courses. Visit www.evscschools.com/mpa
Early College High School
: November 19, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
Students enrolled in EVSC's Early College High School have the opportunity to earn an associate's degree while simultaneously earning their high school diplooma. Visit www.evscschools.com/earlycollege
New Tech Institute
: November 21, 6:30 p.m., New Tech Institute
New Tech Institute is a full-day high school for students in grades 9 – 12. It is focused on creating an entrepreneurial environment and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for students through project based learning and partnerships. Visit www.evscschools.com/newtech
: November 14, 4 p.m., Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center
Virtual Academy is an online learning option for students in grades K-12. The Virtual Academy offers general courses as well as Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Visit www.evscschools.com/evscva