Apply to the BES Fellowship

The 2015 Building Excellent Schools Fellowship application is now available. Applicants who are right for the BES Fellowship want to design, found, lead and sustain a high performing, urban charter school. This school is relentless in putting students on the path to college.

During the interview process we want to know more about who you are as a leader and the vision that you have – and are shaping – for a school. BES believes that great leaders not only want to be pushed and challenged to be better, but know that for their vision to become a reality, we must push with rigor and enthusiasm.

BES Fellowship application process

  • Get to know us
    All potential applicants to the BES Fellowship start by taking our self-study questionnaire— a simple, online series of questions designed to tell you more about us and the work we do and whether or not our vision is a strong fit for you. Please note that your answers will not be shared with the selection committee, nor will they be stored online. You can also get to know us by making taking a pre-application interview with one of our recruiters. Email to schedule a time and someone will respond within 24 hours.
  • Tell us about you
    Next, we’d like to learn about you through our online survey—a series of multiple choice questions designed to inform us about your leadership style and your ideal school design. This will take you approximately thirty minutes to complete. Then, you will be prompted to submit introductory information and upload your resume. Please note that although your responses will be shared with the selection committee, they remain confidential at this stage. Once submitted, applicants will hear back from BES within 1 week. If you move to the next step, you will receive a video interview link within 1 week.
  • Video Interview
    After BES reviews survey responses and resumes select candidates are invited to participate in a video interview, answering questions via webcam from the point of view of a charter school leader. This step typically takes 45 minutes to an hour. Candidates are advised to be in a quiet place. This does not need to be scheduled and requires no preparation.
  • Phone Interview
    Once BES reviews formal applications, select candidates are invited to participate in a series of phone interviews with members of the selection committee. Each interview is between 20-45 minutes long and focuses on getting to know your vision for a school and who you are as a leader in more depth. There is no preparation required for either phone interview.For those applying to the BES Summer Leaders Internship, the final step is the phone call. Select applicants to the BES Fellowship are asked to participate in a rigorous in-person interview with members of the committee.
  • In-Person Interview
    For applicants to the BES Fellowship, the final step is an in-person interview in Boston. The individual interview takes 2-3 hours and is rigorous and intense–as is the work of founding a charter school. Members of the selection committee will look for humility, ability to articulate a clear vision of a charter school that is in agreement with the BES approach, persistence, and strong entrepreneurial instincts.

2015 BES Fellowship Territories

For the 2015-2016 BES Fellowship, we welcome applicants who wish to start charter schools in the territories listed below.

ARIZONA: Greater Phoenix
CALIFORNIA: Greater Los Angeles
COLORADO: Greater Denver
INDIANA: Greater Indianapolis
ILLINOIS: Greater Chicago
LOUISIANA: Greater New Orleans
MICHIGAN: Greater Detroit
MINNESOTA: Greater Minneapolis
NEW YORK: Greater New York City
TENNESSEE: Greater Memphis
WISCONSIN: Greater Milwaukee

Deadlines for the 2015 BES Fellowship:

September 15, 2014
December 1, 2014
February 15, 2015
May 1, 2015