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 and would like to learn more from one of our recruiters, please upload your resume here and a recruiter will reach out to you.

Step 2 - Apply

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. At this time you will also be prompted to submit introductory information and upload your resume. You will not be able to save your work and return, so the online application must be completed in one sitting. Once your initial application is submitted, you will hear back from BES within one week. If you move forward to the next step in the selection process, you will receive a video interview link within one 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.

Why BES?

2018 Fellowship Territories

For the 2018-19 Fellowship , BES is seeking fearless leaders to design, found, and lead schools in deserving communities nationwide. The need is great and urgent.

Hover over each box to see why.


Bay Area

Only 35 percent of the Bay Area’s low-income students meet state English standards, compared with 76 percent of other students — an achievement gap of 40 percentage points. In math, that achievement gap is 43 percentage points.

The Bay Area needs you.


Mississippi is 50th in national student achievement rankings. In 2015, only 26% of Mississippi 4th graders scored proficient or above in reading and only 30% scored proficient or above in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the Nation’s Report Card.

Mississippi needs you.


Las Vegas

In 2015, only 26 percentage of 8th grade students in Nevada scorecard proficient or advanced in mathematics on the National Assessment of Education progress, the Nations’ Report Card, and only 27 percent scored proficient or advanced in reading.

Las Vegas needs you.



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.


New York City

Charter school students in NYC outperform their district peers by 12 percentage points in math and 5 percentage points in ELA. However, African American and Hispanic charter school students outperform their district peers by 29 and 23 percentage points respectively in math, and 17 and 14 percentage points respectively in ELA.

New York needs you.


San Antonio

In 2015, only 51% of San Antonio High School graduates tested college-ready in English and Math, and only about half of all graduates enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college program upon graduation.

San Antonio needs you.



The achievement gap in Houston is widening. Between 2011 and 2014, the achievement gap in Houston grew by 15 percent, a pace faster than 85 percent of major U.S. cities.

Houston needs you.


The 2018 Fellowship application is now open.


Application Deadlines:

October 15, 2017
December 15, 2017
March 1, 2018
June 1, 2018




Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage serious candidates to apply today. Please email with technical issues or questions about the application process.