BES Fellowship

Give us a year. We’ll give you everything you need.
Found and lead a charter school of uncompromising excellence—
no classroom experience necessary.

Through the Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellowship, highly motivated individuals who are deeply committed to improving urban education participate in rigorous, yearlong training that prepares them to design, found, and lead a high-performing, urban charter school.

At the end of the Fellowship year, BES Fellows apply to establish their own free-standing, locally controlled charter school — customized to the needs of its community and independent of any management organization.

BES Fellows receive a stipend plus benefits as well as extensive training and support throughout the intensive year. After the Fellowship year, they receive additional assistance and coaching as they guide their schools through startup and early operation.

The BES Fellowship year at a glance

  • Almost 100 training days throughout the year across the country and in Boston:
    • school culture
    • instructional leadership
    • strategic management
    • financial management
    • governance
    • community relations
  • An extended residency in a successful urban charter school under the supervision of an experienced school leader
  • Coaching and support for board and charter application development
  • Visits to more than 30 of the highest performing charter schools across the country

Stake your territory

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

GEORGIA: Atlanta
INDIANA: Indianapolis
LOUISIANA: New Orleans
NEW YORK: New York City
NEVADA: Las Vegas
TEXAS: San Antonio

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Our Excellent Schools

Following the BES approach of an academically rigorous instructional program, dramatically increased instructional time, and a relentless focus on literacy and mathematics, BES schools routinely outperform their surrounding districts on standardized tests and thoroughly prepare their students for success in college — and in life.

To date, BES has established more than 75 schools in 22 cities across 12 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee) as well as the District of Columbia. View a map of our schools.

BES schools have served over 20,000 students in grades K-8 from families with household incomes at or below the poverty line.


The application process for the BES Fellowship involves completing an online self-study questionnaire and survey prior to submitting your introductory information and resume. Select candidates will then be invited to submit a formal application — a process that involves answering questions via webcam.

There are four deadlines; however, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling and urgent basis. Serious applicants should apply now.

Apply to The BES Fellowship.