Give Us a Year. We’ll Give You Everything You Need.

Found and lead a charter school of uncompromising excellence.

Through The 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 Fellowship year at a glance

  • 100 training days throughout the year, across the country and in Boston, covering:
    • 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 45 of the highest performing charter schools across the country

National Impact

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 100+ schools in 26 cities across 15 states and the District of Columbia. View a map of our schools.

BES schools educate 25,000+ students in grades Pre-K-12 from families with household incomes at or below the poverty line.

Stake Your Territory.

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.

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.