High School

Last Updated: 11/6/2020 2:04 PM

Pike High School (PHS), a culturally diverse public educational institution, engages students in grades 9-12 through exceptional learning opportunities in a safe, secure and stimulating environment. The staff, parents, and community work as partners to enhance the academic, social, physical and ethical development of all students. Lifelong learning is encouraged through an emphasis on a challenging academic curriculum and career choice.

Pike High School offers a comprehensive curriculum over 250 course offerings and more than 50 AP and IB courses, far exceeding what is available at most private and parochial schools. All freshmen start their 9th grade year in the Freshman Academy. There, specially trained staff members create a nurturing atmosphere for students with safety nets and programming specifically designed for freshmen. The Freshman Center’s focus is to help develop the academic and social skills necessary for a successful academically rigorous high school career. Success skills have been identified and are taught and reinforced in all of the students’ classes. Students continue the process of exploration both of themselves and of the wide variety of career options through Naviance and other course offerings.

In their sophomore year, students enter into their chosen career focused academy. Career Academies are small learning communities organized around broad-based career themes that integrate school, business, and community resources to prepare all students for a successful transition in to adult life. The academies focus on college and career readiness. Student Academy options include: Business & Information Technology, Judicial & Global Studies, Medical & Allied Health, Performing Arts, Science & Engineering, and Visual Arts & Communications. 

Students are immersed in a college going culture and, at the high school level, they are offered the opportunity to participate in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, take advantage of Dual Credit Courses, and encouraged to participate in Advanced Placement courses.

Pike High School has a 91% graduation rate, which exceeds the state average of 87%. Pike High School was ranked as a top high school by the US News and World Report in 2019.  Pike High School was also recognized in the 2014 America’s Best High Schools ranking by Newsweek Magazine as the 8th best high school in the state of Indiana for turning out college-ready graduates. The score was based on a methodology of graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB tests taken, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB scores, and the percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB course. Pike High School was also recognized in the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Washington Post rankings of America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the State of Indiana.

The Pike Career & STEM Center, located in Pike High School, opened in August of 2015 with state-of-the-art facilities. Pike students journey toward successful careers through on-site programs that include Culinary Arts, Cosmetology & Barbering, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, HVAC, Computer Networking, Radio/TV Broadcasting, and Health Sciences. Our Culinary Arts Restaurant and Cosmetology & Barbering Salon have hours open to the public. Students have the opportunity to receive college dual credit and may also earn up to 3 high school credits per semester in courses that will apply towards their high school diploma. Work-based experiences apply to most programs. For more information, please contact Douglas Coats.

The Pike Preparatory Academy Non-Traditional High School is housed in Park 100 at 7140 Waldemar Street.  The mission of this program is to help juniors and seniors who are behind in earned credits. These students attend the non-traditional high school to pursue courses leading to a high school diploma through a rigorous, individualized program that is more relevant to students’ individual lifestyles.  Like every PHS graduate, the students have the opportunity to participate in annual graduation ceremonies.