Frequently Asked Questions About the BHS Innovation Fund
What is the Innovation Fund?
The BHS Innovation Fund drives innovation in teaching and learning at Brookline High School by providing grants to faculty to fund new elective courses and school-wide curricular initiatives. Since 1998, we have invested over $6.5M in the BHS curriculum to initially fund more than 30 programs. Many of these have been permanently incorporated into the annual BHS course offerings. Read more
Why is it important to BHS?
The BHS Innovation Fund provides funding for initiatives that are designed to improve academic achievement for all students at BHS. These programs and courses enrich the learning culture at BHS, prepare students to thrive in an increasingly global and complex world, and energize faculty by encouraging new curriculum development and experimentation. Read more
How does the process work?
Through an annual grant application process, teachers and administrators submit proposals to research and develop new innovative courses and programs that advance education and enhance the BHS school culture. Read more
Who supports the Innovation Fund?
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Innovation Fund is solely supported by contributions from parents, alumni, local businesses, and members of the community. While public tax dollars finance the major operational and capital needs at Brookline High School, they do not cover supplemental faculty time to explore and create courses and programs with a particular focus on innovative approaches to education. All charitable gifts are tax-deductible. Read more
Can anyone get involved?
Yes. Our volunteers work in collaboration with the Fund’s Director, BHS administrators and faculty, and town officials to support the organization’s mission. We always seek new volunteers to participate or serve on committees. We also welcome all parents to attend our events throughout the year. Read more
Is this the same as the 21st Century Fund?
Yes. In the 2016-2017 academic year, the organization changed its name to the BHS Innovation Fund from the 21st Century Fund. Founded in 1998, the Fund has a long history of supporting curricular innovation at Brookline High School. Read more