INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis high school that opened last year is attracting students with autism by taking a different approach to teaching.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that Purdue Polytechnic High School offers flexible schedules, project-based learning and a curriculum focused on science, technology, education and mathematics.

Student Lucas Kramer says the practices help him stay engaged. The school has 45 students identified as receiving special education services, out of an overall student population of 250.

Tonya Taylor is director of student services at the school. She says the school's approach focuses on giving students with autism the flexibility and control they need.

Officials say the school's main goal was to appeal to students who weren't on tract to continue their education in college or at a technical school.

Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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