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.

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.

  • New York

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      • New York City, NY

        • Territory Full

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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.

  • Mississipi

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      • Columbus, MS*

        • Territory Full

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      • Jackson, MS*

        • Territory Full

  • Nevada

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      • Las Vegas, NV

        • Las Vegas' Clark County School District is the fifth largest district in the nation. And yet, nearly 40% of students are not graduating high school in four years.

          Las Vegas needs you. Apply now.


The 2017 Fellowship application is now open.

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.

Application Deadlines:

September 30, 2016 – Early Consideration Deadline
December 1, 2016
February 15, 2017
May 1, 2017
July 31, 2017 – Extended Deadline


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