OUR SCHOOLS

Through The Fellowship and ongoing coaching, BES starts, supports, and grows excellent schools and dynamic leaders.
BES Fellows have founded 120+ schools in 29 cities across 19 states, educating 33,000+ students.

ACE Preparatory Academy

Indianapolis, IN

Founder:
Anna Shults, 2014 Fellow
Opened:
2016
Grades:
K - 3, Growing to K - 5

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Allegiant Preparatory Academy

Indianapolis, IN

Founder:
Rick Anderson, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
K - 1, Growing to K - 8

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Circle City Preparatory

Indianapolis, IN

Founder:
Megan Murphy, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
K - 2, Growing to K - 8

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Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Founder:
Robert Marshall, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
5 - 7, Growing to 5 - 8

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Akili Academy of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

Founder:
Sean Gallagher, 2007 Fellow
School Leader:
Allison Lowe
Opened:
2008
Grades:
K - 8

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Apex Collegiate Academy

Baton Rouge, LA

Founder:
Eric Lewis, 2014 Fellow
Opened:
2016
Grades:
6 - 8, Growing to 6 - 12

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Baton Rouge Bridge Academy

Baton Rouge, LA

Founder:
Chloe Wiley, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
K - 2

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Baton Rouge College Preparatory

Baton Rouge, LA

Founder:
Kathryn Rice, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
6 - 8

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Democracy Prep Public Schools

Baton Rouge, LA

Founder:
Seth Andrew, 2004 Fellow
School Leader:
Katie Duffy (CEO)
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 12

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Élan Academy

New Orleans, LA

Founder:
Melanie Askew, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
K - 3, Growing to K - 8

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Laureate Academy

Jefferson Parish, LA

Founder:
Claire Heckerman, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
K - 4, Growing to K - 8

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Albuquerque Collegiate

Albuquerque, NM

Founder:
Jade Rivera, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
K - 1, Growing to K - 5

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Argosy Collegiate

Fall River, MA

Founder:
Kristen Pavao, 2012 Fellow
Opened:
2014
Grades:
6 - 9, Growing to 6 - 12

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Boston Preparatory

Boston, MA

Founder:
Scott McCue, 2002 Fellow
Opened:
2004
Grades:
6 - 12

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Excel Academy

Boston, MA

Founder:
Yutaka Tamura, 2002 Fellow
School Leader:
Owen Stearns
Opened:
2003
Grades:
5 - 12

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Libertas Academy

Springfield, MA

Founder:
Modesto Montero, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
6 - 7, Growing to 6 - 12

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Springfield Preparatory

Springfield, MA

Founder:
Bill Spirer, 2012 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
K - 4, Growing to K - 8

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Veritas Preparatory

Springfield, MA

Founder:
Rachel Romano, 2010 Fellow
Opened:
2012
Grades:
5 - 8

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Aurum Preparatory Academy

Oakland, CA

Founder:
David Hardin, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
6, Growing to 6 - 8

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California Collegiate

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Sue Andres-Brown, 2014 BES Fellow
Opened:
2016
Grades:
6 - 8, Growing to 6 - 12

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Collegiate Charter High School

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Vanessa Jackson, 2013 BES Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
9 - 12

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Cornerstone Academy Preparatory

San Jose, CA

Founder:
Shara Hegde, 2008 BES Fellow
School Leader:
Valerie Douglass
Opened:
2010
Grades:
K - 8

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Endeavor College Preparatory

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Michelle Jasso & Ted Morris, 2007 Fellows
School Leader:
Ted Morris
Opened:
2009
Grades:
K - 8

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Equitas Academy

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Malka Borrego, 2007 Fellow
Opened:
2009
Grades:
K - 8

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Excelencia Charter Academy

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Ruben Alonzo, Jr., 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
TK - 1, Growing to TK - 8

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Invictus Academy of Richmond

San Francisco, CA

Founder:
Gautam Thapar, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
7, Growing to 7 - 12

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Libertas College Preparatory

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Anna Carlstone, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
4 - 8

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The Mission Preparatory School

San Francisco, CA

Founder:
Jane Henzerling, 2009 Fellow
School Leader:
Kris MacDonald
Opened:
2011
Grades:
K - 7, K - 8

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Resolute Academy

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Natasha Barriga, 2012 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
5 - 8

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Soleil Academy

Lynwood, CA

Founder:
Beatriz Gutierrez
Opened:
2018
Grades:
TK - 1, Growing to TK - 5

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Summit Preparatory

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Arianna Haut, 2012 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
4 - 8

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Valiente College Prep

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
Jacob Wertz, 2013 Fellow
School Leader:
Esther Perez
Opened:
2015
Grades:
4 - 8

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Valor Academy

Los Angeles , CA

Founder:
Hrag Hamalian, 2007 Fellow
Opened:
2009
Grades:
K - 3, 5 - 12, Growing to K - 12

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Vox Collegiate of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Founder:
TyAnthony Davis, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
6, Growing to 6 - 12

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Believe Memphis Academy Charter School

Memphis, TN

Founder:
Danny Song, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
4 - 8

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Freedom Preparatory Academy

Memphis, TN

Founder:
Roblin Webb, 2007 Fellow
Opened:
2009
Grades:
K - 12

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Intrepid College Preparatory

Nashville, TN

Founder:
Mia Howard, 2011 Fellow
Opened:
2013
Grades:
5 - 10, Growing to 5 - 12

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Leadership Preparatory

Memphis, TN

Founder:
Valissia Allen, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
K - 4, Growing to K - 8

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Memphis College Preparatory

Memphis, TN

Founder:
Michael Whaley, 2008 Fellow
School Leader:
Brittany Monda
Opened:
2010
Grades:
K - 5

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Memphis Rise Academy

Memphis, TN

Founder:
Jack Vuylsteke, 2012 Fellow
Opened:
2014
Grades:
6 - 10, Growing to 6 - 12

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Nashville Classical

Nashville, TN

Founder:
Charlie Friedman, 2011 Fellow
Opened:
2013
Grades:
K - 5, K - 8

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Purpose Preparatory Academy

Nashville, TN

Founder:
Lagra Newman, 2011 Fellow
Opened:
2013
Grades:
K - 4

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RePublic Schools

Nashville, TN

Founder:
Ravi Gupta & Linda Lentz, 2010 Fellows
School Leader:
Jon Rybka
Opened:
2011
Grades:
5 - 12

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Buffalo Collegiate

Buffalo, NY

Founder:
Brian Pawloski, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
4 - 5, Growing to 4 - 12

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Classical Charter Schools

New York, NY

Founder:
Lester Long, 2004 Fellow
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 8

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Coney Island Preparatory

New York, NY

Founder:
Jacob Mnookin, 2007 Fellow
Opened:
2009
Grades:
K - 12

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Democracy Prep Public Schools

New York, NY

Founder:
Seth Andrew, 2004 Fellow
School Leader:
Katie Duffy (CEO)
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 12

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Emblaze Academy

New York, NY

Founder:
Kristen Shroff, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
5, Growing to 5 - 8

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Forte Preparatory Academy

New York, NY

Founder:
Graham Browne, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
5 - 6, Growing to 5 - 8

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Key Collegiate Charter School

Brooklyn, NY

Founder:
Katie Mazer, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
4 - 5, Growing to 4 - 8

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Legacy College Preparatory

New York, NY

Founder:
Summer Schneider, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
6 - 7, Growing to 6 - 12

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Persistence Preparatory Academy

Buffalo, NY

Founder:
Joelle Formato, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
K - 1, Growing to K - 8

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Chicago Collegiate

Chicago, IL

Founder:
Beth Carrera Napleton, 2011 Fellow
Opened:
2013
Grades:
4 - 10, Growing to K - 12

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Great Lakes Academy

Chicago, IL

Founder:
Katherine Myers, 2012 Fellow
Opened:
2014
Grades:
K - 5, Growing to K - 8

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Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School

Clarksdale, MS

Founder:
Amanda Johnson, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
K - 2, Growing to K - 8

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RePublic Schools

Jackson, MS

Founder:
Ravi Gupta & Linda Lentz, 2010 Fellows
School Leader:
Jon Rybka
Opened:
2011
Grades:
K - 1, 5 - 8

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College Bound Academy

Tulsa, OK

Founder:
Chelsea Vanacore, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
K - 3, Growing to K - 4

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Collegiate Hall

Tulsa, OK

Founder:
Nikhil Kawlra, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
4 - 8

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Tulsa Honor Academy

Tulsa, OK

Founder:
Elsie Urueta Pollock, 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
5 - 8

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Compass Rose Academy

San Antonio, TX

Founder:
Paul Morrissey, 2015 BES Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
6 - 8, Growing to 6 - 12

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Democracy Prep Public Schools

San Antonio, TX

Founder:
Seth Andrew, 2004 Fellow
School Leader:
Katie Duffy (CEO)
Grades:
PreK-5

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Étoile Academy

Houston, TX

School Leader:
Kayleigh Colombero, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
5, Growing to 5 - 8

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Democracy Prep Public Schools

Camden, NJ

Founder:
Seth Andrew, 2004 Fellow
School Leader:
Katie Duffy (CEO)
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 12

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Democracy Prep Public Schools

Washington, DC

Founder:
Seth Andrew, 2004 Fellow
School Leader:
Katie Duffy (CEO)
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 12

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Democracy Prep Public Schools

Las Vegas, NV

Founder:
Seth Andrew, 2004 Fellow
School Leader:
Katie Duffy (CEO)
Grades:
K - 12

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Futuro Academy

Las Vegas, NV

Founder:
Ignacio Prado, 2015 BES Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
K - 2, Growing to K - 8

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Nevada Preparatory

Henderson, NV

Founder:
David Blodgett, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
5 - 6. Growing to 5 - 8

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Nevada Rise Academy

Henderson, NV

Founder:
Justin Brecht, 2016 Fellow
Opened:
2018
Grades:
K - 1, Growing to K - 5

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Milwaukee Excellence

Milwaukee, WI

Founder:
Maurice Thomas, 2014 Fellow
Opened:
2016
Grades:
6 - 7, Growing to 6 - 8

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Stellar Collegiate

Milwaukee, WI

Founder:
Melissa McGonegle, 2014 Fellow
Opened:
2016
Grades:
K - 3, K - 5

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Phoenix Collegiate Academy

Phoenix, AZ

Founder:
Rachel Bennett, 2007 Fellow
School Leader:
Akshai Patel
Opened:
2009
Grades:
K - 12

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Vista College Preparatory

Phoenix, AZ

Founder:
Julia Meyerson, 2011 Fellow
Opened:
2013
Grades:
K - 6, Growing to K - 8

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The Prep Schools

Cleveland, OH

Founder:
Marshall Emerson, 2005 Fellow
School Leader:
John McBride
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 8

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United Schools Network

Columbus, OH

Founder:
Andrew Boy, 2006 Fellow
Opened:
2008
Grades:
K - 8

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Resurgence Hall

Atlanta, GA

Founder:
Tori Jackson Hines, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
K - 1, 7, Growing to K - 8

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RISE Prep Mayoral Academy

Woonsocket, RI

Founder:
Rosalind DaCruz , 2013 Fellow
Opened:
2015
Grades:
K - 3, Growing to K - 8

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STRIVE Preparatory Schools

Denver, CO

Founder:
Christopher Gibbons, 2004 Fellow
Opened:
2006
Grades:
K - 12

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University Preparatory School

Denver, CO

Founder:
David Singer, 2009 Fellow
Opened:
2011
Grades:
K - 5

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Vega Collegiate Academy

Aurora, CO

Founder:
Kate Mullins, 2015 Fellow
Opened:
2017
Grades:
K - 1, 5 - 6, Growing to K - 8

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OUR HISTORY

The history of BES is rooted in the beginnings of the national charter school movement. In response to the poor academic outcomes of Massachusetts’ first charter schools, the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center set out to ensure that a dominant share of new charters would be truly excellent, founded by talented leaders and grounded from the start in proven strategies and design elements.

The Fellowship was born in 2001, providing intensive, full-time training to individuals to build new charter schools of the highest quality under the re-formed nonprofit, Building Excellent Schools. From serving three states at its inception to working in more than four times that many states currently, BES is consistently increasing its footprint on the national stage by producing and supporting leaders and schools of uncompromising quality.