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About WIA

Wisconsin Innovation Academy is a new charter school opening for enrollment K4-6 in the upcoming 2023/2024 school year. Located in convenient Wauwatosa, WIA is open to kids from the entire greater Milwaukee area.


WIA’s mission is to help kids be successful in school, in the community, and in life. The school prioritizes college prep, curiosity, and intercultural diversity. The curriculum is STEM and International Baccalaureate based and also provides Chinese and Spanish instruction.


WIA shares a campus with International Students providing a unique opportunity to be part of the broader world.

Students in an inquiry-based education setting

Wisconsin Innovation Academy

Wisconsin Innovation Academy provides a challenging, high-quality learning experience within a diverse and inclusive, global minded community, and prepares students as innovative thinkers who are curious, collaborative, college-ready, and prepared to excel in a diverse, intercultural world.

Our Values


Having planned and directed many high quality schools, WIA’s innovative design offers these attributes all in one school that is conveniently located between the City and the suburbs for accessibility to all children and families. In addition to offering a high quality program, WIA is committed to offering school responsiveness, so that children are neither bored nor lost, but are engaged in an assets-based learning culture with regular opportunities to flourish individually and together. We look forward to building this innovative learning community with you. 

Dr Matt Gibson,
WIA School Director & Principal

Founding Wisconsin Innovation Academy Governing Members

Dan Brink, Attorney, Business and International Law Practice, DeWitt Law Firm

Adrian Chan, Ph.D., UW-M Professor Emeritus, former Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, University of Wisconsin Systemwide Institute on Race and Ethnicity

Sherri Dunford, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase Bank NA

Keenan Grenell, Ph.D. CEO Global Capital Group LLC, Executive Director, Manufacturing Diversity Institute, Higher Education Administrator

Donna Kiel, Ed.D., Professor, DePaul University

Brandon Liu, Certified Public Accountant, Tax Manager, Wipfli, LLP

Guy Mascari, Executive Director, Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center, former President, Wauwatosa West Allis Chamber of Commerce

Jordan Morales, Federal Aviation Administrator Air Traffic Controller, Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, Parent of School-Age Children, Education Advocate

Founding Wisconsin Innovation Academy Leadership


Matt Gibson, Ph.D., School Director, former Elmbrook Superintendent of Schools, K-8 Principal/District Administrator, and Elementary Music Teacher

Jian Sun, MS Chemistry, MS Math, MBA, School CEO, also Wisconsin International Academy President and Elmbrook School Board Member

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