President of Options Schools – Mike Gustin’s Blog

  • The immediate and distant future

    In case you haven’t yet heard our great news from a couple of weeks ago, our Board of Directors approved the motion to purchase land in Westfield that will become our new location for Options-Carmel.

    This is a monumental achievement for Options that has been seven years in the making and will allow us to expand our middle school reach and serve more students in Indiana. We are fortunate to have so many people on our side that are extremely dedicated to our cause and I am forever grateful to those who helped lead the way for this next step.

    While that news makes our future even brighter, so does recent changes to our Options team that will help our organization grow and improve in several ways.

    An Options team member since 2006, Jacob Brandau has been promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer after having served as a teacher and Principal at Options-Noblesville. I am confident in Jacob’s abilities and know he will thrive in this position.

    Adam Barr, our most recent Options-Noblesville Assistant Principal, is taking over as Interim Principal and has been with Options since 2016. Adam and Jacob have worked very closely together leading up to their title changes in order to ensure seamless transitions for everyone involved.

    I am also excited to announce the addition of Eric Walden as our Director of School Safety, which is a newly-created position at Options. Skilled in communication and organization, Eric is mission-focused and has a strong understanding of school safety goals. He will help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for every person in each campus.

    We have also had the pleasure of adding some experienced and talented teachers to our team, which will only continue to raise the level of service we provide to our students.

    Whether you look at the immediate or distant future, there are plenty of bright spots surrounding Options.

    Know someone who could thrive at Options? They can learn more information and schedule a tour at I can also be reached directly through email at

    – Mike

  • Board of Directors Approve Westfield Land Purchase

    For Immediate Release

    January 15, 2019

    NOBLESVILLE – Last night, the Options Charter School Board of Directors took a historic step by a fulfilling a promise that was seven years in the making. By voting unanimously to purchase land in the Westfield area for a future campus location that will serve grades 6-12, Options is moving towards a more stable and secure future.

    The opportunity to purchase land provides the organization with the ability to shift from leasing its facilities to owning, therefore cementing Options even further in the landscape of Hamilton County and the Indiana education system.

    “I am so thankful to all of our board members for everything they do for Options on a daily basis and everyone in the Options family is excited about last night’s news,” said Options President Mike Gustin. “Since we were founded in 2002, there are many people that helped put us on the path to success that we are on now. This is another step in the right direction as we continue to work towards our goal of providing high-quality, alternative education to more students across Indiana.”

  • The growth of Options continues
    Options – Noblesville

    With 2018 now complete, I am excited that the second semester is underway as we work towards making 2019 the best it can be.

    Discussions for the future of Options Schools are always exciting to be a part of, whether they take place with the Options staff, students, families or members of our great community.

    One of our biggest current focuses is on helping Options continue to grow across Hamilton County and throughout the state of Indiana with the development of programs such as our distance education alternative.

    As we grow the group of students we serve, we are also growing our staff in multiple areas, which will allow us to grow successfully and positively by having a strong foundation cemented by a high-quality staff that supports everything we do.

    While we work on setting ourselves up to improve the current quality of services we provide, we are also actively targeting additional growth in the programs we offer.

    Our eyes remain forward as we look to replicate our successful programs in new communities as we work towards our goal of doubling our current number of students served in the next five years.

    Know of a friend or classmate that might be interested in Options? They can email me at or learn more by visiting

    — Mike

  • President’s Blog

    President’s Blog

    Options Charter Schools is an exciting place to work or attend school! There is an excitement for staff and students as information about new and growing programs and potential facility changes are just on our horizon. We currently have two pilot programs operating that, if successful, will necessitate facility changes to accommodate increased student population. The first is our Distance Education (DE) pilot. For years, Options has worked with students to provide students with DE choices when their life circumstance would not allow them to attend the brick-and-mortar school all day. In fall of 2016, Options implemented a one-to-one Chromebook program that allowed our distance education choices to become far more supportive for distance education. The DE pilot program is to test the quality of our programming in a virtual setting.


    The second is a middle school pilot program. After speaking with several Hamilton and Madison County superintendents and their leadership teams it became very clear that having another school choice for some middle school student is critical. The middle school pilot began in January, 2017 and, if successful, a full middle school option will be available in the fall of 2017. If these two program options are successful and become part of our program choices for students it will certainly impact the overall number of students Options Charter Schools will serve.

    The future for Options is bright and we are very excited!

    Mike Gustin

  • President’s Blog

    There are so many exciting events happening at Options High School this fall! This is a truly wonderful place to work and an even better place to earn your high school diploma. I encourage any parent or student who is seeking a great place to earn a high school diploma to call or email our leadership team for more information! Please hurry there are only a few student spots still available.


    We are completing our third week of the fall 2016 semester and the students have responded very enthusiastically to the extensive building renovations and to the new Chromebooks. Our fall picnic, located at Dillon Park near the corner of 146th and Hazel Dell, is scheduled for Friday September 9, 2016. The picnic is great day for our staff and students to bond while eating some good food and playing games! Please take a moment to check out our school calendar for other upcoming events like open house. Open house allows prospective parents and students the opportunity to learn more about Options, tour our facilities, and meet some of the staff.


    If you have not graduated high school and are currently not enrolled in school or not earning credits towards graduation then take a look at the website, come to an event, and email or call us. Make 2016-17 the year you finally finish your high school diploma!



  • President’s Blog

    The summer of 2016 went by so quickly! The start of the 2016-2017 school year is just around the corner- August 1st for teachers and August 3rd for students. The staff has been very busy this summer preparing for what will be a great school year! This summer each building underwent renovations that included: upgraded school security, upgraded science classrooms, new paint, new P.E. equipment, and much more.

    In addition to the renovation, more than 300 Chrome-books were purchased to improve our communication and curriculum delivery for every student. The school renovation and technology updates are only a few items, on a rather lengthy summer to-do list, that will allow us to better serve our students and their families. All staff and students should return to school excited and ready to work together to help our students move closer to graduation.

    Looking forward to a great year!