An Indianapolis charter school will close its doors in mid-December at the end of the current semester. The Stonegate Early College High School was a charter school supported by the Indianapolis mayor‘s office.
Board Member Darwin May says the school did not have high enough enrollment numbers to sustain it financially.
“We were associated and very close to Lawrence Township some years ago, and when we left that affiliation, it hurt our enrollment,” he says.
The city of Indianapolis has assigned a trustee to the school to transition students to other schools for the second semester and oversee the administration of transcripts and records. Stonegate‘s staff will be unemployed as of December 16 as well. May says the board will do what it can to assist the staff in whatever they need and hopes they will be able to find positions in new places.
“The 190 students that are currently attending Stonegate are going to be disbursed out to other schools, and we‘re hoping that those schools are going to need new, additional teachers,” he says.
Stonegate will host a parents meeting Thursday evening to further explain the transition process. The school was designed for students to potentially earn two years of college credit equivalent to an associate‘s degree while obtaining a core 40 high school diploma. The school was successful in graduating 4 students with a high school diploma and an associate‘s degree from Ivy Tech Community College simultaneously.