Transforming Indianapolis' education landscape 

Indianapolis' education system faces significant challenges. Less than half of students in the city's largest district pass both math and English portions of state standardized tests. Less than two-thirds graduate on time. And high-quality public school options remain too few and far between. Our city's students deserve better.

The Mind Trust's goal is to ensure that every student in Indianapolis has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. That's why The Mind Trust, a nonprofit, is taking an innovative and comprehensive approach to transforming Indianapolis' education landscape.

We're building a network of talented people who are working to change public education in Indianapolis. We're helping to launch life-changing schools and initiatives. And we're advancing bold plans for improving the education system in our city.

We do all of this because we believe that every child can - and should - succeed.

Learn more about us:

Read an overview (PDF) of The Mind Trust's mission and initiatives.

Our History

In 2001, at the urging of then Mayor Bart Peterson, the Indiana legislature approved a law making Indianapolis the first U.S. city where the mayor has the ability to authorize charter schools, which are public schools that have more freedom to innovate than traditional schools. Peterson selected David Harris, an attorney and a key Peterson policy strategist, to build and run the mayor's charter school office. LEARN MORE ›

Our Staff

The Mind Trust has a talented team who share a passion for giving all kids the chance to succeed and making a tremendous impact on their community. LEARN MORE ›

Our Board

We have an experienced board of men and women committed to supporting the purpose and mission of The Mind Trust. LEARN MORE ›

Impact story

Eboni Hearn-Lindsey

My goal as PTO president at Phalen Leadership Academy is to change the way the neighborhood and the community and the black community think about education and how far their children can go. We do not have to accept sub-par education."

--Eboni Hearn-Lindsey, PLA parent and PTO president.

Read more about Eboni and Phalen Leadership Academy, a recipient of The Mind Trust's Charter School Incubator award, in our 2013 annual report.