Indianapolis High School Separating Sexes

Boys and girls at Arlington will have core classes and lunches separate, and will be generally confined to separate areas of the school.

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Boys will begin classes an hour and a half after the girls.

With six schools facing a state take over, in push to battle chronic truancy, Indianapolis Public School leaders are trying something new at one of their failing high schools. Starting today, the district is dividing the sexes up at Arlington High School, with the boys starting 90 minutes after the girls.

Mary Louise Bewley with IPS says other districts have used a program like this in schools with disciplinary issues with great success.

“Really,” she said, “there‘s really so many things that need to change at Arlington to help those kids academically that we looked at all the research and all the different types of things”

According to district officials, the boys and girls will have core classes and lunches separate, and will be generally confined to separate areas of the school. There may be co-mingling during some elective classes though, according to the district.

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