Innovation Network Schools

Innovation Network Schools


Innovation Network Schools are public schools made possible by recent state laws that allow school districts to convert, open new, or restart existing schools into new, autonomous schools with their own 501(c)(3) boards. These schools are exempt from most district practices and have “full operational autonomy” under state law.

Innovation Network Schools combine the freedoms and flexibilities of successful autonomous schools, with the financial support and services of a district school. Further, Innovation Network Schools gain access to a school building at little or no cost. This groundbreaking opportunity gives exceptional school leaders and operators the ability to partner with Indianapolis’s largest district, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), to serve students by creating new schools or by restarting chronically underperforming schools.

The Mind Trust supports individuals and teams as they develop Innovation Network Schools through the Innovation School Fellowship and Educator Empowerment Awards.