Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is a best-fit school for students experiencing circumstances that may present a barrier to education, including teen pregnancy or parenting, homelessness, involvement with the foster care or criminal justice system and more. The school places an emphasis on ensuring students enroll in college or enter into a career that offers a higher wage post-graduation.Indianapolis Metropolitan High School’s unique model was made to support students like Zoey Lewis. Zoey lived with relatives in both West Virginia and Ohio before moving to Indianapolis to live with her older sister. She had already attended two high schools when she enrolled as a sophomore at Indy Met and has since thrived in all of her academic and extracurricular activities.
“What I like about Indy Met is it’s small, which allows you to connect with your teachers and learn more,“ Zoey said.
Zoey helped found Puma Sips, a student-run cafe at Indy Met, where she is now the CEO. She is also captain of the girls’ volleyball, basketball and track teams and a member of the student council. Viewed as a role model by her peers, Zoey enjoys tutoring and helping others succeed.
“I know how it is to struggle with school work, and sometimes it’s easier for students to ask a peer they trust for help rather than a teacher,” Zoey said.
She received a full scholarship to Indiana University where she will study criminal justice. She also plans to go to law school, with the goal of one day becoming a judge.
“I want to be a lawyer so that I’m able to make changes from inside of the criminal justice system,” Zoey said.
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