Innovation Schools

What is an Innovation School?

Our Innovation Schools

View a comprehensive list of innovation schools in DPS. Learn more…

Innovation Zone Application

Groups of Innovation schools with common interests that would like to apply to be an Innovation Zone must undergo an authorization process.  Please contact Jennifer Holladay ( for more information about this process.

 Common Flexibilities

  • Innovation schools have the ability to seek waivers of select District policies, State Statutes, and Collective Bargaining Agreement provisions in order to improve student achievement.  All waived policies require a replacement policy that ensures schools are complying with the original intent and meeting minimum requirements.
  • Common District policy waivers include curriculum, schedule, and composition of the Collaborative school committee.
  • Common State Statute waivers include calendar and hiring processes.
  • Common waivers from the DCTA collective bargaining agreement include schedule, hiring, and dismissal procedures.