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Mission & Vision

Our core purpose is to create a revolutionary new school model in order to:

Prepare all students for post-secondary success and world-changing endeavors.

Provide the education community with a roadmap to sustainable implementation.

E.P.I.C. Core Values

EMPATHY: We create a school environment
where students support one another, respect
differences and are compassionate.

PERSEVERANCE: We foster determined,
challenge-seeking and resilient students
who approach their education with urgency.

INDEPENDENCE: We thoughtfully and gradually
help students become autonomous learners
who own their education and goals.

CURIOSITY: We encourage students to
pursue their passions and see college as a
path to their goals, not the goal itself.

Mindsets

We put students first.

We are warm and strict.

We use data to inform decisions.

We differentiate.

We teach until students learn.

We partner with families.

We collaborate and ask for help.

We are systems thinkers committed to
excellence and large-scale change.

Partners & Investors

Investing in Intrinsic

Our investment need is significant, but unlike our impact, it’s limited. Because our model becomes sustainable on public dollars at scale and our mission is centered on sharing with the education community in Chicago and across the country, an investment in Intrinsic is an investment in the future of education everywhere.

Current investors include:

A Better Chicago
The Bezalel Foundation
The Broad Foundation
Charter School Growth Fund
Crown Family Philanthropies
David & Deborah Epstein
James & Karen Frank
Finnegan Family Foundation
The Gale Sayers Foundation
Invest for Kids
LEAP Innovations
Harriet & Ulrich Meyer
New Schools for Chicago
NewSchools Venture Fund
Next Generation Learning Challenges
The Osa Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Josh & Amanda Tolman
The Walton Family Foundation
TradeHelm, Inc.

Partnering with Intrinsic

Our partners extend and augment the reach of our academic model and strengthen our culture.

Boston Consulting Group
Golden Apple
Facing History And Ourselves
University of Chicago UTEP
Illinois Institute of Technology

Sharing: Tours and Content

The Belmont Campus functions as a hub, nationwide, for blended-personalized learning. Come visit us, get to know us, and learn with us.

Tours

Intrinsic offers tours upon request. Please e-mail our Special Projects Coordinator, Mary Katherine Phelps, to request a tour: mphelps@intrinsicschools.org

Content

Thanks to foundation support, Intrinsic has built an online portal for all its shareable materials:

http://sharing.intrinsicschools.org/

We will update the “Docs” section of this portal regularly, and encourage you to contact us if there’s something in particular you’d like to see. For updates on our updates, please subscribed to our e-mail list:





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Board of Directors

Members

James S. Frank, Chair CEO & President, Wheels Inc

David Epstein, Treasurer

Justin Manly Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Harriet Meyer

Jim Palos Past President, Wright College

Josh Tolman CTO, ThinkCERCA

Melissa Zaikos (non-voting) Founder & CEO, Intrinsic

Meetings

ARCHIVE: Meeting minutes & agendas

SCHEDULED
Board Meeting:
Friday, Dec 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m.

Belmont Campus

COMPLETED
Board Meeting:
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Standard Club

Board Meeting:
Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Standard Club

Board Meeting:
Thursday, July 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Standard Club

Board Meeting:
Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 a.m.
Belmont Campus

Special Board Meeting:
Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.
Belmont Campus

Board Meeting:
Tuesday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.
Belmont Campus

Board Meeting:
Tuesday, Feb 8, 10:00 a.m.
Belmont Campus

Special Board Meeting:
Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Belmont Campus

Special Board Meeting:
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2015, 7 a.m.

Belmont Campus

Board Meeting:
Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 2015, 7 a.m.
Belmont Campus

Board Meeting:
Tuesday, Aug 4th, 2015, 7 a.m.
Belmont Campus

Special Board Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 8th

Standard Club

Investment Committee Meeting:
Monday, July 20, 2015

Standard Club
5:00 p.m.

Board Meeting:
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Special Board Meeting:
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Intrinsic Schools, Belmont Campus
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Board Meeting: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Intrinsic Schools, Belmont Campus
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Board Meeting: Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Intrinsic Schools, Belmont Campus
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Network Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Intrinsic Schools, Belmont Campus
8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Board Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Intrinsic Schools, Belmont Campus
7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Board Meeting: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Andrew Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W Harrison St.
7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.