The Process

Teachers at Brookline High School

How does the Innovation Fund work?

Through an annual grant application process, BHS  educators submit proposals to research and develop new innovative courses and programs that advance education and enhance school culture at Brookline High School. Proposals are vetted by a committee comprised of members of the BHS Innovation Fund’s Board of Directors and key BHS and PSB administrators.

Approved courses and programs are evaluated at established milestones (typically annually for three years). Selected programs are then integrated into the high school curriculum, while ongoing costs are taken over by the Town of Brookline.

The impact of the BHS Innovation Fund’s investments in curriculum innovation are wide-reaching and groundbreaking in education. 

Since 1998, the BHS Innovation Fund has launched 30+ programs, including:


New/Interdisciplinary Courses

Brookline Lens

Climate Science and Social Change*

Drawing for Understanding in Field Science*

Data Science for Social Justice*

Engineering by Design

Engineering Innovation & Design

EPIC (Experiential Project-based Innovative Capstone)

Film as History/History as Film

Global Leadership

Perspectives of a Mathematical Mind

Racial Awareness Seminar

Social Justice Leadership Program*

Foundations for Achievement

African-American and Latino Scholars Program

Arts Infusion Lab (ACE, Winthrop House, CBC)

BHS Tutorial

BHS Writes/The Writing Center

Coding @ BHS*

Experiential Physics

Medical Interpretation and Translation

Social Emotional Learning Tutorial*

School-Wide Reach

Finding Yourself in the Curriculum


Ithaka Advisory Program

Mindfulness Initiative

Political Literacy

Rethinking the Restaurant

Queer Student Program*

Faculty Inspiration

COVID Response Grants

BHS Innovation Fund Fellowship 

Headmaster Action Plan/BHS Working Groups

Innovation Summits

Teachers Mentoring Teachers

“What School Could Be” with Ted Dintersmith


* — Denotes a 2023-2024 school year funded program


See all program descriptions here.

See the impact of Fund programs here.

See a list of faculty grant recipients here.

Click here to view or download the Brookline High School Course Catalog where Innovation Fund courses are noted throughout by our logo.

Brookline High School Innovation Fund logo



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