Through education, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana is focused on supporting students on a pathway towards better career prospects that lead to economic self-sufficiency and have a multigenerational impact on families.Indianapolis Metropolitan High School has played a vital role in Goodwill’s mission and in the educational landscape of Indianapolis, first opening its doors in fall 2004. Since that time, Indy Met has served thousands of students by providing Indianapolis teenagers the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and begin post-secondary education and career exploration.
A best-fit school for students experiencing barriers to education, such as homelessness, involvement in foster care, teen pregnancy or parenting, Indy Met provides an individualized approach to learning by offering additional support to students and their families.
“Our students are successful in our non-traditional setting because we have intense supports in place to help them — and their parents or guardians — achieve goals,” said Principal Christina Lear. “For instance, Indy Met provides free on-site child care, transportation assistance and wraparound services for the entire family.”
After shifting the school model, Indy Met’s graduation rate increased by over 50 percentage points. Currently, nearly 300 students attend classes at Indy Met, many of whom are leveraging barrier-removal services.
Indianapolis Met provides individualized support to students and their families by offering access to Goodwill’s many services, including Nurse-Family Partnership®, a program that pairs low-income first-time mothers with a registered nurse, and The Excel Center®, a high school for adults who wish to earn a diploma and increase their earning potential. During enrollment at Indy Met, both students and their family members are provided a summary of Goodwill programs that may help them increase their independence and reach their potential.
Indy Met also works to ensure students enroll in college or enter a career that offers a living wage post-graduation.
“Indy Met exposes students to a wide variety of college and career opportunities, and we aim to have every senior complete dual credit or an industry certification,” said Principal Lear. “We want our students to graduate with more than a high school diploma — we want them to also have a sense of purpose and a preparedness for the next step.”
In December 2020, Indianapolis Met High School received a seven-year charter renewal from the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation, allowing them to continue serving and making an impact in the Marion County community.
“We are so thrilled and excited to continue providing educational services and support to students in our Indianapolis community,” said Principal Lear. “With the guidance and advocacy of community members, parents, alumni and students, Indy Met is well-positioned and ready to support our students and their families in the years to come.”
To learn more about Indianapolis Met High School, visit indianapolismet.org.