Apply to The Fellowship

Applicants who are right for The 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.

Application Steps

Step 1 - Get to know us

If you are not familiar with BES or have not yet spoken with one of our recruiters, we recommend scheduling a pre-application informational phone call. Please upload your resume here and a recruiter will reach out to you to schedule a call within 72 hours. 

Step 2 - Tell us about you

Next, we’d like to learn about you through our online application—a series of questions designed to inform us about your leadership style and your ideal school design. This is the first step in the application process and will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete, and must be completed in one sitting. At this time you will also be prompted to submit introductory information and upload your resume. Once your initial application is submitted, applicants will hear back from BES within 1 week. If you move forward to the next step in the selection process, you will receive a video interview link within 1 week.

Step 3 - Video Interview

After BES reviews your online application and resume, select candidates will be 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 60-90 minutes. Candidates are advised to be in a quiet place. This does not need to be scheduled and requires no preparation.

Step 4 - Phone Interviews

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.

Step 5 - In-Person Interview

For applicants to The Fellowship, the final step is an in-person interview in Boston. The individual interview 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.

2017 Fellowship Territories

For the 2017-18 Fellowship , BES is seeking fearless leaders to design, found, and lead schools in deserving communities nationwide. The need is great and urgent.

Click on a city to see why.
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      • San Antonio, TX

        • Only 33 percent of the adult population (25+) hold an associates degree or above.

          San Antonio needs you. Apply now.

  • California

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      • Bay Area, CA

        • The average graduation rate at charter schools is 72 percent, compared to a steady 50 percent at district schools.

          The Bay Area needs you. Apply now.

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      • Greater Los Angeles, CA

        • LA charter school students gain 79 more days of learning than their traditional school peers in math and 50 additional days in reading. The nearly 50,000 students on the waitlist don't have access to that education.

          Los Angeles needs you. Apply now.

  • New Mexico

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      • Santa Fe, NM

        • This state has the highest childhood poverty rate and the worst graduation rates in the country. 79 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading and 77 percent of eigth graders are not proficient in math.

          Santa Fe needs you. Apply now.

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      • Albuquerque, NM

        • This state has the highest childhood poverty rate and the worst graduation rates in the country. 79 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading and 77 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in math.

          Albuquerque needs you. Apply now.

  • New York

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      • New York City, NY

        • NYC charter students receive 104 additional days of learning growth in math and 21 additional days of learning growth in ELA. There are 44,400 students waiting for that kind of opportunity.

          New York City needs you. Apply now.

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      • Buffalo, NY

        • Only 54 percent of students starting 9th grade in 2008 graduated from high school in four years. Of those, only one in ten are college-ready upon graduation.

          Buffalo needs you. Apply now.

  • Tennessee

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      • Memphis, TN

        • Four percent of students graduate high school ready for college. Only 26 percent of residents in the Memphis Metropolitan Area hold a bachelor’s degree.

          Memphis needs you. Apply now.

  • District of Columbia

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      • Washington, DC

        • The D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) system has the widest achievement gaps between white and black students among the nation's 200 largest school districts. Today, 81 percent of eighth graders in DC are not proficient in reading or math.

          Washington needs you. Apply now.

Deadlines for the 2017 Fellowship

The 2017 Fellowship application is now open.

Application Deadlines:

September 30, 2016 – Early Consideration Deadline
December 1, 2016
February 15, 2017
May 1, 2017


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage serious candidates to apply today.