Growing Great Schools

Growing Great Schools

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

Innovation School Fellowship

The Mind Trust currently supports a variety of school creation pathways, including our Innovation School Fellowship, Charter School Fellowship, and Educator Empowerment Awards. The Innovation School Fellowship was created in 2014 in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office to launch Innovation Network Schools within Indy’s largest district. This initiative has resulted in growing the Innovation Network to over 20 schools that collectively serve more than 9,000 students. Innovation School Fellows have gone on to launch unique educational models that serve Indianapolis students in out-of-the-box ways, including a study abroad high school, experiential industry-based learning, blended learning, and more. 

Charter School Fellowship

The Charter School Fellowship launched in 2016 to support the development and replication of high-quality charter schools in Indianapolis. These schools are fully autonomous and are accountable to their charter school authorizer for increasing student achievement. Schools launched through the Charter School Fellowship usually launch as independent charter schools, though in some cases have pursued Innovation School status with IPS.

Educator Empowerment Awards

In partnership with IPS, The Mind Trust offers successful IPS schools the support and resources to convert their schools to Innovation Network Schools.