Unlike Transformation Schools, Innovation Schools will be existing neighborhood schools that want to do their academics differently, but stay in their existing facility and keep their traditional attendance boundaries. We believe that neighborhood schools should be allowed to repurpose into a Choice School while keeping their traditional neighborhood identities. The Innovation School pathway enables neighborhood schools to raise their hands, be heard in a meaningful way, and become a Dallas ISD Choice School. No Innovation School will be able to introduce academic admission or parental entry requirements, and no existing neighborhood school will be repurposed into a full open enrollment school.
Every child within the traditional attendance boundary will have a seat at the Innovation School, if the student and family wish. Innovation Schools would keep their traditional attendance zones with the understanding that any additional seat capacity would be filled by other children in the feeder pattern. Every child within the traditional attendance boundary will have a seat at the Innovation School, if the student and family wish. If a family zoned to an Innovation School does not prefer the repurposed program and wishes to opt-out, the district will provide options for the child to attend another nearby school.
Only an existing neighborhood school leadership team can apply for its current school to become an Innovation School. At Innovation Schools, there will be existing staff. The leadership teams of Innovation Schools will be required to communicate the repurposed programming to all of their staff members along with ensuring staff buy-in into the Public School Choice Proposal. If the staff member would like to stay teaching at the repurposed Choice School, then they will be allowed to do so and receive the necessary professional development. However, if a staff member is not comfortable with the new approach and would like to go elsewhere, then the district will provide him or her with opportunities to apply for other positions.
Ten Innovation Schools have already been identified to date (Bryan Adams HS; Marsh MS; Franklin MS; Preston Hollow ES; Kramer ES; Lipscomb ES; Lee ES; Cabell ES; Rogers ES; and Weiss ES).
Applicant Team Overview:
- Only an existing Dallas ISD neighborhood school leadership team can apply for its current school. Current principal must serve as the “Lead Applicant.”
- Six people who formally work at the school must be on the Applicant Team, including the principal and two current classroom teachers at the campus
- Applicant Teams for Innovation Schools are required to have their Executive Director endorse their Letter of Intent in order to be eligible to apply