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Innovation Scholarship



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What is an Innovation Scholarship? 

This innovation scholarship is a strong approach to not only increase the talent pool at Christel House Indianapolis but also strengthen and expand university partnerships to support a growing talent pipeline. The program will launch in the Fall of 2022 and will employ licensed teachers for the following school year. Through this initiative, CH Indy is specifically looking to recruit men of color who have an interest in teaching and receiving their elementary generalist education license and women of color who are certified in STEM secondary education. 


Who is The Program For?

The purpose of this scholarship is to strengthen our university partnerships by offering out-of-state students an opportunity to showcase their talents and passion for education overall while receiving an opportunity to explore a new city.


Prospective candidates will be expected to do the following: 
-Submit an application.
-Interview with recruiter.
-Be paired with an experienced mentor teacher.
-Attend monthly progress check-in with mentor (virtual).
-Complete a complimentary two-day stay with Christel House Indianapolis: Candidates will be flown to Indianapolis. Flight, lodging, food, and transportation will be provided to candidates during their stay. 
-Lead successful in-person lesson in mentor teacher's class demonstrating content knowledge and interpersonal skills with students.
-Relocate to Indianapolis to teach at a Christel House Indianapolis school the following two school years upon acceptance.


Upon acceptance of this program scholarship recipients will be rewarded the following:
Teaching contract: starting pay $50,000 a year 
Sign on bonus: $1000- $1,500
Relocation Scholarship: $3,000

 *Awarded applicants must commit to teach at Christel House Indianapolis for two school years after receiving this opportunity.*  

Christel House offers one of the highest starting pays for teachers in the state of Indiana. The menu below highlights some additional opportunities for pay. 

Lead Teachers/Department Chair, Summer School (for certified staff), Athletic Coaching, ELL Teacher of Record, DEI Committee, One Time Early Sign-On Bonus

LTI (Long Term Incentive): $20,000 every 5 years after qualifying score, Lead Teachers/Department Chair, Summer School (for certified staff), Athletic Coaching

ELL Teacher of Record, DEI Committee, One Time Early Sign-On Bonus, LTI (Long Term Incentive): $20,000 every 5 years after qualifying score

Christel House also provides: Competitive healthcare options, employer contributions to retirement plans (PERF, TRF, 403b), continuing education discounts at select universities, eligibility for Federal student loan forgiveness for teachers, etc.

Who Should Apply

Christel House Indianapolis is deeply committed to not just diversity, equity, and inclusion, but also being anti-racist in both the way we operate as an organization and how we approach our work. The IndyTeach program is for individuals who share these same committments. 

Please visit for a listing of how we demonstrate our commitment to DEI.  

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About Christel House Indianapolis

The mission of Christel House Indianapolis is to create empowering opportunities through an equitable, rigorous, and holistic education for all students and alumni so they actualize their aspirations and develop effective leadership skills.  Christel House Indianapolis provides a holistic human development approach that focuses on building strong character to complement each student’s rigorous academic foundation. By building meaningful relationships, Christel House staff empower students of all ages to achieve academic and socio-emotional success. Taking this holistic approach allows Christel House to truly support students’ life aspirations, and in turn transform whole communities. Through our College and Careers program, we continue to support graduates for 5 years after graduation through post-secondary education and job placement, so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. 

Christel House Academy was originally organized by Christel DeHaan in 2002 and is the oldest charter school in operation in the state of Indiana. Christel House began as a K-4 charter school, but quickly grew in size and scope to become a network of charter schools and adult high schools in Indianapolis serving over 2100 children and adults. Currently, Christel House Indianapolis is comprised of two K-8 academies, a high school, an innovation high school, and an adult high school (DORS) on three campuses. The largest campus was recently relocated to the 28-acre campus of Emmerich Manual High School. This community-serving campus houses Christel House Academy South (K-8), Watanabe HS, the sunsetting Emmerich Manual HS, DORS, a new Day Early Learning Center serving infants through pre-k students.  The westside campus houses Christel House Academy West and DORS.  The third DORS campus is on the main campus of Ivy Tech Community College.  Christel House Academy South was Indiana’s first charter school to receive the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s “School to Watch” designation. Christel House Indianapolis received additional recognition as an Indiana Achievement and Breakthrough School and both Christel House Academy South and West have been named National Schools of Character by, the only schools in the state to receive this national distinction.