Operator Application Process


The ISD welcomes operators that can bring authentic and strategic innovation to our school turnaround efforts. Because schools transferred into the ISD are persistently low-performing schools, there are a high percentage of students performing below grade level. It is critical that the ISD partner with an operator that has proven experience in implementing changes that accelerate student growth and achievement, both inside and outside the school setting.

The Innovative School District is currently seeking qualified operators for schools identified and transferred into the district for the 2019-20 school year. To be considered, a Notice of Intent to Apply must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on November 1, 2018 via email to NCISD@dpi.nc.gov.

Notice of Intent to Apply

The North Carolina Innovative School District (ISD) is seeking proven[1] and credible[2] applicants to partner with our district and local communities to ensure strong outcomes for students in some of the state’s lowest performing schools.

This information will help the ISD team in the planning process, while also ensuring that we are focused on identifying partner applicants with a strong commitment to the local communities we will be serving. If you have any questions regarding the process or timeline for applying, please email lateesa.allen@dpi.nc.gov or call 919-807-3435.

All prospective applicants for the North Carolina ISD must submit this Notice of Intent to Apply by 5:00 pm EST on November 2, 2018 via email to NCISD@dpi.nc.gov.

The Notice of Intent to Apply and instructions on submission are included in the full application package provided in the following link:

[1] Proven – “The entity has a record of results in improving performance of persistently low-performing schools or improving performance of a substantial number of persistently low-performing students within a school or schools operated by the entity in this State or other states.” NC Statute 115C-75.8  

[2] Credible – “The entity has a credible and specific plan for dramatically improving students in a low-performing school.” NC Statute 115C-75.8 

PDF:  ISD Operator Application for 2019-20 School Year_

DOC: ISD Operator Application for 2019-20 School Year_


UPDATE: Applications are due by 5:00 pm EST on January 4, 2019 via email to NCISD@dpi.nc.gov


Schools Currently Under Consideration for Transfer into the ISD for the 2019-20 School Year


  1. Carver Heights Elementary – Wayne County Public Schools
  2. Gaston Middle – Northampton County Schools
  3. Hillcrest Elementary – Alamance Burlington Schools
  4. Williford Elementary – Nash-Rocky Mount Schools



  1. Fairview Elementary – Guilford County Schools
  2. Hall-Woodward Elementary – Forsyth County Schools


Criteria for Being an Innovative School Operator (ISO)