There is a large, self-perpetuating gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) jobs. Girls interested in STEM have fewer female role models, and the gender gap is even more pronounced among girls of color.
Girls IN STEM Academy is a new, all-girls public school for grades K-8 opening in 2024 on the near northwest side of Indianapolis. This groundbreaking school will be operated by Paramount Schools of Excellence in partnership with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Every Girl Can STEM™ and Purdue Polytechnic High School.
This new school will allow girls to thrive and excel in a supportive environment and study STEM along with a core curriculum, preparing them to excel in high school, college and a rewarding STEM career. The enrollment window is now open. Click the Enroll Now button to start the enrollment process.
Founded by Purdue University and the City of Indianapolis in partnership with community, industry and academic leaders, Purdue Polytechnic High School prepares students to succeed in technical, STEM-related post-secondary programs and high-tech careers.
Purdue Polytechnic High School inspires students to pursue their passion through the lens of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), hands-on and project-based learning, industry partnerships and a flexible, personalized learning environment.
Meet the Principal
Chrystal Westerhaus has served as a teacher and assistant principal at a local charter network in Indianapolis for the past several years. During her four years as a sixth-grade teacher, more than 90% of her students achieved proficiency on the state’s standardized tests, featuring a 100% pass rate in the spring of 2013. During her three years as assistant principal of culture at Tindley Preparatory Academy, she utilized data-driven decision-making by analyzing student discipline data to create a positive culture for student motivation. Under her leadership, the school earned an “A” rating.
Chrystal was the founding principal of Avondale Meadows Middle School. In her five years of leadership at AMMS, she led the school to improve its state rating from a “C” to a consecutive “A” rating. Chrystal holds a degree in elementary education from Purdue University and a master’s degree in urban and educational leadership from Indiana University.
Thank you for your interest in enrolling your student(s) at Girls IN STEM Academy. Please complete the form below and a member of our enrollment team will give you a call within two business days.
For immediate assistance, call (317) 519-4588.