Call for Quality Applicants

IPS is excited to announce our annual call for quality applicants to launch an Innovation Network School.

Pursuant to IC 20-25.5, any individual, school team, or charter organization may be eligible to run an Innovation Network School. Indianapolis Public Schools is leading the way, both in the city and nation, in designing a system that supports schools’ expanded autonomy as well as expanding quality choices for all families.

There are five ways to become an Innovation Network School. You may be interested in more than one, and can indicate such in your Letter of Interest. However, your formal application must be focused to one specific type of school in order to be considered.

  1. New School Launch – A new school may launch within the IPS LEA as an Innovation Network School.
  2. Conversion – In an Innovation Conversion, an existing, high-performing IPS school that shows outstanding leadership and team capacity may apply to convert their school. Significant staff, parent, and community support is needed for this route and should be detailed in the upcoming application.
  3. Jumpstart – A lower-performing, existing IPS school may convert to innovation as a self-initiated improvement strategy. The upcoming application should detail how innovation will be a lever for change and demonstrate significant community support and capacity-lending. This category is new as of August, 2019.
  4. Restart – A potential partner may apply to restart a chronically under-performing school that has been recommended for this intervention by district leadership. These applications should be tailored to school and community needs in the fall. At the time of this LOI, you should indicate your willingness to restart any school for which the need is identified.
  5. Charter as New Partner – Charter schools, either new or existing, within the IPS boundaries may enter into a partnership with IPS via an Innovation Network Agreement. This allows access to shared services such as food service, transportation, and professional development and provides the ability to create a proximity boundary for enrollment.

Letters may indicate interest to apply for Innovation status for either the 2020 – 2021 or 2021 – 2022 school year.

To get started on your letter of interest, use the linked template. Please email completed document to vandewallej@myips.org before October 1, 2019.