School design & transformation.

CityBridge partners with DC educators to incubate and launch innovative new schools and transformative educational models that deliver on the talent and potential inherent in all children, especially those disinherited by poverty or race.

School Design & Transformation

CityBridge programming in the School Design and Transformation pathway supports educators at existing DC Public Schools and DC public charter schools that want to design or redesign an element of their school program, from tackling a classroom problem to transforming their LEA at a systems level. We also incubate leaders that want to begin the work of designing a new school model in Washington, DC.

Design studio

Design Studio is for educators who have an idea for how to solve a problem at their current school or for a new school model and want to explore those ideas more. During this two-part virtual workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of equitable design, build equity-centered solutions, and connect with like-minded peers.

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design fellowship

Design Fellowship is for teams of educators and leaders ready to explore a challenge in depth and test potential solutions. During this four-month immersive fellowship, you’ll learn how to design, implement, and evaluate pilots of your equity-centered solution.

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Our Design Residency is for educators actively designing a new schooling model. During this year-long, full-time residency, you’ll receive customized coaching, tools, and financial support to accelerate the planning and launch of your model.

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Our Launch Fund is for school designers ready to implement and launch their new model. During this 15-month program, you’ll receive the coaching, capital, and connections to launch into the DC education system.

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Our Portfolio

By 2024, the schools CityBridge has already launched will have brought nearly 5,000 high-quality public school seats to DC’s public education system—with more schools, school models, and ventures in the pipeline.

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