Growing Great Schools

Education Incubators for Indianapolis innovation-lightbulb

The Mind Trust is committed to launching high-quality schools in Indianapolis that expand opportunity for students across the city.  With the nation’s strongest charter law, the nationally unique Innovation Network School law, and multiple school incubation pathways, we believe Indianapolis to be the best city in the country to open new schools.

Innovation Network Schools.  The Mind Trust supports the launch of fully autonomous Innovation Network Schools through the Innovation School Fellowship, a fellowship for individuals seeking to open new schools or restart chronically failing schools within Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), and Educator Empowerment Awards to help high-performing IPS schools convert to Innovation Network School status to give them full autonomy to lead their schools.

Charter Schools. Our Charter School Incubator  has helped Indianapolis launch new, or replicate existing, high-performing charter schools across Indianapolis to expand parent choice.

Through our Charter School Fellowship, exceptional leaders or charter operators are supported as they launch new, or replicate high-performing, independent charter schools in Indianapolis.

Through our Charter School Design Challenge, The Mind Trust will invite the nation’s top education innovators to design transformative, “break-the-mold” school models in Indianapolis through four $250,000 grants.

 Education Nonprofits. Our Education Entrepreneur Fellowship launches innovative nonprofit education organizations in Indianapolis to transform the education landscape, address specific challenges facing local schools and students and improve student achievement.