National Impact

Building Excellent Schools is headquartered in the heart of downtown Boston, but our schools are located in urban centers around the country. 

BES Fellows have founded 100+ schools in 15 states and Washington, DC and have impacted the lives of more than 27,000 scholars .

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    Indiana

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      • ACE Preparatory Academy

        Indianapolis, IN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Anna Shults, 2014 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2016
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
  • Arizona

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      • Phoenix Collegiate Academy

        Phoenix, AZ

        2012 ASCSA Charter School of the Year Award, 2011 ASCSA Teacher of the Year

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Rachel Bennett Yanof, 2007 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2009
        • Grades: K - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Vista College Preparatory

        Phoenix, AZ

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Julia Meyerson, 2011 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2013
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
  • Wisconsin

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      • Milwaukee Excellence

        Milwaukee, WI

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Maurice Thomas, 2014 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2016
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Stellar Collegiate

        Milwaukee, WI

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Melissa McGonegle, 2014 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2016
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
  • California

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      • California Collegiate

        Los Angeles, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Sue Andres-Brown, 2014 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2016
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Capitol Collegiate Academy

        Sacramento, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Penny Schwinn, 2009 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2011
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Collegiate Charter High School

        Los Angeles, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Vanessa Jackson, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 9 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Cornerstone Academy Preparatory

        San Jose, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Shara Hegde, 2008 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2010
        • Grades: K - 6
        > Visit website > Map
      • Endeavor College Preparatory

        Los Angeles, CA

        2012 California Distinguished School

        • Founders & School Leaders:
          Michelle Jasso and Ted Morris, 2007 BES Fellows
        • Opened: 2009
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Equitas Academy

        Los Angeles, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Malka Borrego, 2007 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2009
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Libertas College Preparatory

        Los Angeles, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Anna Carlstone-Hurst, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 4 - 8
        > Visit website
      • The Mission Preparatory School

        San Francisco, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Jane Henzerling, 2009 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2011
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Resolute Academy

        Los Angeles, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Natasha Barriga, 2012 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 5 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Summit Preparatory

        Los Angeles, CA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Arianna Haut, 2012 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 4 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Valor Academy

        Los Angeles, CA

        California Distinguished School

        • Part of Bright Star Schools
        • Founder & School Leader:
          Hrag Hamalian, 2007 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2009
        • Grades: 5 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • Colorado

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      • STRIVE Preparatory Schools

        Denver, CO

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Chris Gibbons, 2004 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2006
        • Grades: K - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • University Preparatory School

        Denver, CO

        • Founder & School Leader:
          David Singer, 2009 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2011
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
  • District Columbia

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      • Achievement Prep

        Washington, DC

        2013 Ryan Award
        2013, 2012 Tier 1 Charter School
        2011 EPIC Silver Gain School

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Shantelle Wright, 2006 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2008
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Democracy Prep Public Schools

        Washington, DC

        • Founder:
          Seth Andrew, 2004 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2006
        • Grades: K - 12
        > Visit website > Map
        Democracy prep
  • Illinois

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      • Chicago Collegiate

        Chicago, IL

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Beth Carrera Napleton, 2011 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2013
        • Grades: 4 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Great Lakes Academy

        Chicago, IL

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Katherine Myers, 2012 Fellow
        • Opened: 2014
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website
  • Louisiana

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      • Akili Academy of New Orleans

        New Orleans, LA

        • Part of Crescent City Schools
        • Founder:
          Sean Gallagher, 2007 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2008
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Apex Collegiate

        Baton Rouge, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Eric Lewis, 2014 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2016
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Baton Rouge Bridge Academy

        Baton Rouge, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Chloe Wiley, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Baton Rouge College Preparatory

        Baton Rouge, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Kathryn Rice, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 5 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Baton Rouge University Preparatory

        Baton Rouge, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Meghan Turner, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2014
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
      • Democracy Prep Public Schools

        Baton Rouge, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Seth Andrew, 2004 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 6
        > Visit website > Map
      • Foundation Preparatory

        New Orleans, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Myrialis King, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
      • Jefferson RISE

        Jefferson Parish, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Kathleen Sullivan, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Laureate Academy

        Jefferson Parish, LA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Claire Heckerman, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • Massachusetts

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      • Argosy Collegiate

        Fall River, MA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Kristen Pavao, 2012 Fellow
        • Opened: 2014
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Boston Preparatory

        Boston, MA

        2011 EPIC Silver Gain School

        • Founder:
          Scott McCue, 2002 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2004
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Excel Academy

        Boston, MA

        2007 Center for Education Reform Charter School of the Year

        • Founder:
          Yutaka Tamura, 2002 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2003
        • Grades: 5 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Springfield Preparatory

        Springfield, MA

        • Founder and Head of School:
          Bill Spirer, 2012 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Veritas Preparatory

        Springfield, MA

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Rachel Romano, 2010 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2012
        • Grades: 5 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • Mississipi

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      • ReImagine Prep (A RePublic School)

        Jackson, MS

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Ravi Gupta and Linda Lentz, 2010 BES Fellows
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 5 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Smilow Preparatory

        Jackson, MS

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Ravi Gupta, 2010 BES Fellows
        • Opened: 2016
        • Grades: 5 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • New Jersey

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      • Democracy Prep Public Schools

        Camden, NJ

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Seth Andrew, 2004 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2012
        • Grades: 6 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • New York

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      • Classical Charter Schools

        Bronx, NY

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Lester Long, 2004 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2006
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Coney Island Preparatory

        Brooklyn, NY

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Jacob Mnookin, 2007 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2009
        • Grades: K - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Democracy Prep Public Schools

        New York, NY

        #1 Ranked Middle School in NYC, 2012 Chancellor's Report

        • Founder:
          Seth Andrew, 2004 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2006
        • Grades: K - 12
        > Visit website > Map
        Democracy prep
  • Ohio

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      • The Prep Schools

        Cleveland, OH

        Ohio DOE Excellent Rated School

        • Part of Breakthrough Schools
        • Co-Founders:
          Marshall Emerson, 2005 BES Fellow, and John Zitzner
        • Head of School: John McBride
        • Opened: 2006
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • United Schools Network

        Columbus, OH

        2011 EPIC Gold-Grain School, 2010 EPIC Silver-Gain School

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Andrew Boy, 2006 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2008
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • Oklahoma

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      • Tulsa Honor Academy

        Tulsa, OK

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Elsie Urueta, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 5 - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Collegiate Hall

        Tulsa, OK

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Nikhil Kawlra, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: 5 - 12
        > Visit website
      • College Bound Academy

        Tulsa, OK

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Chelsea Vanacore, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 4
        > Visit website > Map
  • Rhode Island

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      • RISE Preparatory Mayoral Academy

        Woonsocket, RI

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Rosalind Murphy, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
  • Tennessee

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      • Aurora Collegiate Academy

        Memphis, TN

        • Founder:
          Ciji Pittman, 2010 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2012
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Freedom Preparatory Academy

        Memphis, TN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Roblin Webb, 2007 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2009
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Intrepid College Preparatory

        Nashville, TN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Mia Howard, 2011 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2013
        • Grades: 5 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Leadership Preparatory

        Memphis, TN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Valissia Allen, 2013 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2015
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Memphis College Preparatory

        Memphis, TN

        Tennessee Charter School Association Elementary School Teacher of the Year

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Michael Whaley, 2008 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2010
        • Grades: K - 5
        > Visit website > Map
      • Memphis Rise Academy

        Memphis, TN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Jack Vuylsteke, 2012 Fellow
        • Opened: 2014
        • Grades: 6 - 12
        > Visit website > Map
      • Nashville Classical

        Nashville, TN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Charlie Friedman, 2011 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2013
        • Grades: K - 8
        > Visit website > Map
      • Purpose Preparatory Academy

        Nashville, TN

        • Founder & School Leader:
          Lagra Newman, 2011 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2013
        • Grades: K - 4
        > Visit website > Map
      • RePublic Schools

        Nashville, TN

        • Co-Founders & School Leaders:
          Ravi Gupta, 2010 BES Fellow
          Linda Mendez Lentz, 2010 BES Fellow
        • Opened: 2011
        • Grades: 5 - 12
        > Visit website > Map

Though our schools’ locations vary, they share a common goal:
to close the achievement gap in the communities they serve.

What does a BES school look like?

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