NewSchools Invent

Through NewSchools Invent, we invest in teams of educators who want to launch new, innovative public schools in school districts or charter networks that prepare young people to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. These schools will reimagine the learning experience for students, particularly those from underserved communities. Invent is a major part of NewSchools’ Innovative Schools portfolio, which seeks to encourage and scale design innovation in PreK-12 public schools.

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 6-14 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: Participation 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, participation in research efforts to inform practice, and connections to external experts (e.g. on student recruitment, fundraising, board development).

For Fall 2017, our primary focus is on new schools that will open in Fall 2019. If you believe you meet the investment criteria below, please refer to our submission page for more information.


Are charter schools without an approved charter eligible?

Yes. However, applicants must show a plan that shows progress towards achieving charter approval.

Are applicants with incomplete leadership teams eligible?

Yes. At the time of application, we require at least one leadership team member identified.

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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