NewSchools Invent

NewSchools Invent provides funding and support for teams of educators with ambitious plans to open innovative new public schools.  These schools will reimagine the learning experience for students, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved. Invent is a major part of  NewSchools’ Innovative Schools portfolio, which seeks to catalyze design innovation in school districts and charter organizations.

NewSchools Invent is designed for teams of educators who are committed to launching an innovative school and would benefit from additional support. Our goal is to accelerate a team’s progress toward a successful launch by providing assistance in three key areas:

  1. Financial Support: Planning grants of $100,000 to $200,000 over approximately 12 months. At the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation.
  2. Community of Practice: Participating in an active community of practice to build relationships with and learn from peer organizations from across the country.
  3. Management Assistance: Direct support from our team, and connections to external experts.

For Fall 2017, our primary focus is on new schools that will open in Fall 2019. However, we will also consider schools opening before or after that date. If you believe you meet the investment criteria below, please refer to our submission page for more information.


Are for-profit charter schools eligible?

 No. At this time, we only support non-profit charter schools.

Are private or independent schools eligible?

No. At this time, we are only supporting public district or charter schools.

Are new programs or initiatives within an existing school eligible?

No. Programs or initiatives that are not considered a “whole” school by the state and federal government are ineligible. For example, an afterschool program or a “school within a school” would not be eligible.

Are existing schools eligible to apply?

Existing district or charter schools are not eligible for this opportunity except in the case of a “restart.” There must be a change in governance that gives a new operator full autonomy over every aspect of the existing school. If you do not fall into this category, please refer to our Share Your Idea page, and we will contact you about other opportunities within our portfolio.

Is this program open to districts or charters that want to replicate an existing, high-performing school?

Yes. This program will support the replication of a single, high-performing school to a second campus. This presents an opportunity for a successful district or charter school to begin the process of expanding their impact beyond a single campus.

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