Innovative Public Schools
Visions Performing Arts College-Prep
Entrepreneur: Auset Maryam
Visions Performing Arts College-Prep (VPAC) is a public charter school in Aurora, CO that will eventually serve 700 students in grades 6-12. VPAC is dedicated to preserving African and Latinx performing arts education through inquiry-based instruction and highly rigorous curriculum rooted in cultural identity. Using Systematic Truth Learning Method, VPAC impacts student-performers to initiate and implement transformation in education, secondary education, workforce and arts and entertainment.
Walkabout Consilient School
Entrepreneur: Ben Wild, Alex Fraiha
McClure Health Science High School is a public district school in Gwinett County, GA that will eventually serve over 1000 students in grades 9-12. McClure’s mission is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student, resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.
Entrepreneur: Matt Kramer
Wildflower launched in 2014 and quickly grew to 12 decentralized, self-governing Montessori micro-schools. Its schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. The model includes tools and support to launch a site and technology to iteratively learn about student actions and learning. With hopes to become a nationwide model provider, the organization intends to refine administrative support tools, broaden its impact to other schools, and extend its geographical reach.
Willow Public School
Entrepreneur: Brenda McDonald
Nonprofit | Founded: 2017 | Visit the Site
Willow Public School is a public charter school in Walla Walla, WA that will eventually serve 225 students in grades 6-8. By leveraging Summit Basecamp to enable a personalized and competency based approach, Willow uses standards-based projects that have real world applications, with a focus on literacy and math support. Key components of the model include community involvement and service learning, annual job shadowing experiences, restorative practices, and arts enrichment.
YES Prep Public Schools
Nonprofit | Founded: 1998 | Visit the Site
For over 20 years, YES Prep Public Schools has reenvisioned public education. With 14,100 college-bound students across 19 campuses, YES Prep is a system of high-performing public charter schools emphasizing engagement with students from underserved communities. This organization participated in the first cohort of our ‘Transcend+NewSchools Collaborative’ – a multi-faceted nine-month program that guided districts and charter network leaders through a process to reimagine their schools.
Yu Ming Charter School
Entrepreneur: Sue Park
Nonprofit | Founded: 2020 | Visit the Site
Yu Ming Charter School is a public school located in Oakland, CA that intends to launch 3 new cohorts of Kindergarten students in Fall 2021. As a leader in Mandarin Immersion education, Yu Ming nurtures our inclusive and diverse community to become empowered, engaged and outstanding global citizens. Through learning experiences that are purposeful, rigorous, and personalized we unlock each student’s unique potential and nurture the necessary skills, mindsets, and values to make a positive impact in the world. Our model is anchored on four pillars: Academic Excellence, Mandarin Immersion Leadership, Whole Child Education, and fostering a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Community.
Zeta Charter School
Entrepreneur: Emily Kim
Zeta Charter Schools opened two public charters schools, which are both based in New York, NY. Both schools will eventually serve over 2,000 students combined in grades K-12. Zeta’s mission is to build and sustain high-performing schools that forge thriving communities of lifelong learners, problem solvers, and innovators.