NewSchools is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy working to transform public education.

By supporting powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs, we aim to ensure all students, especially those in underserved communities, have the opportunity to succeed.


Our strategy

As a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, we raise philanthropic capital and use those funds to support education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education.

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Our ideas

Our work with entrepreneurs inspires us and makes us incredibly curious about what's possible in K-12 schools. In our blog we share the latest stories from our partners and observations about emerging ideas.

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Our investments

NewSchools invests in the most promising entrepreneurial organizations creating innovative solutions to transform public education so that all children have the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.

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NewSchools Catapult Invent 2016: Apply by Jan 11

Through Catapult, we invest in audacious, inspiring new public schools that prepare our students to pursue their most ambitious dreams. We announced our first cohort in October and have opened up the Invent application for teams building new schools opening in 2017.

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Our Leaders Strategy: Diversifying Education Leadership

Research shows that diverse teams are more creative, generate more relevant ideas, and build stronger organizations. The education sector needs more entrepreneurs and leaders who have shared experiences with the students they serve. Diversifying the senior leadership and boards of directors of education organizations is key to this goal. Our people strategy is focused on closing the racial and ethnic demographic gap between students and education leadership across our nation.

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NewSchools Ignite: 15 Winners of our Science Learning Challenge

NewSchools Ignite is a uniquely focused education technology accelerator that will support entrepreneurs tackling the most pressing gaps in K-12 education technology. Our first initiative, the Science Learning Challenge, announced its 15 winners on October 20.

Meet the Science Learning Challenge winners


Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster Toward New School Models

Together with several partners, NewSchools CEO Stacey Childress recently released a paper sharing our rationale for why better models of schooling are necessary, our vision for what they might look like, and a shared theory of change for how we might get there. “Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic” answers the question: “When it comes to improving schools, what should we be less patient about or perhaps more patient about?”

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NewSchools’ Strategy at a Glance

This infographic captures our vision, rationale and investment approach in a visual way. We’re excited to share it, and even more excited about the work ahead. 

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