School Support

At Innovate Public Schools

Accelerating the Growth of
World-class Public Schools

California is home to some excellent public schools serving low-income students and students of color. However, we just don’t have enough of them.

Innovate Public Schools is working to increase the number of world-class public schools by strengthening existing schools and helping start new high-quality schools. Since launching in 2013, we have worked with over 60 fellows to launch and/or lead over 20 schools throughout the Bay Area.

Meet our School Support team


Our Approach

Innovate Public Schools:

  • Partners with diverse organizations and individuals to launch and lead new and redesigned schools
  • Recruits and incubates talented leaders to create innovative new school models and networks, and
  • Provides strategic support to districts and charter school networks

World-class Schools Fellowship

Through our flagship World-class Schools Fellowship, we support talented educators from both school districts and charter schools to start excellent new public schools and redesign chronically low-performing schools.

The best schools in the country vary in their curriculum, approach, and the communities they serve, but share core elements that are essential to their success. Over 30 school leaders have completed our year-long program grounded in the proven practices of our World-class Schools Framework.

Fellows receive training in leadership development and effective school design, visit top schools for underserved students, and receive one-on-one coaching, while developing their school plan. Many Fellows also spend time in residency at high-performing schools.


Fellowship Partner Organizations

Since launching in 2013, we have worked with over 60 fellows to launch and/or lead over 20 schools throughout the Bay Area.

School Districts

  • Alum Rock
  • Franklin-McKinley
  • Mt. View-Whisman
  • Redwood City
  • Santa Clara Unified
  • San Jose Unified
  • Milpitas Unified
  • West Contra Costa Unified

Charter School Networks

  • ACE Charter Schools
  • Alpha Public Schools
  • Bullis Charter School
  • Downtown College Prep
  • Infinity College Academy
  • Ipso Schools
  • Navigator Schools
  • Mary L. Booker Leadership Academy
  • Oxford Day Academy
  • Promise Academy
  • Rocketship Education
  • Voices College-Bound Language Academy

School Innovation Grantees

  • Alpha Public Schools
  • Education for Change
  • Gilroy Unified
  • Mt View-Whisman School District
  • San Francisco Unified


“The experience was extremely valuable, both for myself as an individual professional, but also for the growth of my school. I feel like the new learning, coupled with time to actually work on the school plan and be coached on it were extremely valuable.”

Melissa Alatorre

Principal, Scott Lane Elementary

Hear what fellows have to say

“Innovate Public Schools’ Fellowship has helped me to comprehend in much more detail how to successfully open a school. It was really, really helpful, and I definitely recommend it to a lot of people.”

Maricela Guerrero

Founding Principal, Rocketship Fuerza

John Porter
Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District



“What we all want is for kids to be successful and I feel like I have built relationships that can help us do that. I have more people to learn from and lean on, and I feel more confident we can build a school system that works for many, instead of a system that works for a few.”

Will Eden

Founding Principal, Alpha High School

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