New Schools

Great MN Schools (GMS) will invest in leaders and boards with the demonstrated vision, talent, experience, and capacity to start successful new schools in Minneapolis. Opportunities for financial and technical support are available during two stages of the school development process: (1) the planning phase prior to the school’s opening and (2) the school’s early years after its launch. To learn about our Entrepreneur Planning Grants for pre-operational schools, please click here. To learn about our New School Investments for schools in their first 3 years of operation, please click here.

Information Resources
GMS encourages school developers and leaders to review this two-part article from the Fordham Institute, which provides a thoughtful and candid summary of the significant challenges many new schools have experienced locally and nationally. How will your planning and startup process successfully address the problems and avoid the pitfalls identified?
“Top 12 School Startup Lessons”:  Part 1 and Part 2