Start your own School as a Building Excellent Schools Fellow
- Building Excellent Schools Employment Opportunity
Who Are We?
Building Excellent Schools is a national non-profit organization
committed to dramatically improving the academic achievement of under
served students in urban areas. Through the Building Excellent
Schools Fellowship, we offer selected leaders a yearlong, full-time
comprehensive training program in urban charter school creation and
leadership. After the Fellowship, Building Excellent Schools Fellows
receive additional support and coaching as they guide their schools
successfully through start-up and early operations.
Territories include but are not limited to:
Phoenix, AZ; The Bay Area, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Sacramento, CA;
Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Newark, NJ; Las
Vegas, NV; New York City, NY; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN;
Salt Lake City, Utah; Milwaukee, WI
What do we offer?
Building Excellent Schools Fellowship
The Fellowship is driven by these three primary goals:
Fully prepare leaders to design, found, and lead high-
performing urban charter schools that out perform their surrounding
districts on standardized tests.
Fully prepare leaders to design, found, and operate high-
performing urban charter schools that thoroughly prepare each of
their students for college success.
Fully prepare leaders to be credible, effective, and
respected individuals in their communities that ensure that quality
education remains a priority.
As a Building Excellent Schools Fellow, you:
Get the Training: Through 100 training days, an extended leadership
residency in a high-performing urban charter school, 20 to 30 school
visits and structured work in your home territory, we teach you the
essential practices which will ensure your students succeed. The
culmination of the Fellowship year is the submission of a well-
written, thoroughly researched charter application that reflects the
best practices in urban school design. Schools founded by Building
Excellent Schools Fellows are free-standing, locally controlled, and
independent of any management organization.
Take the Lead: You become the lead founder of a charter school in
your proposed territory. You choose the community; you build the
board; you build stakeholder support, you make critical design
decisions and write the application. Most importantly, you build an
independently managed school that you will lead once it opens.
Get the Support: As a Building Excellent Schools Fellow, your full-
time job is to design, build, and lead your charter school. Building
Excellent Schools invests in your success. You recieve an $80,000
stipend and training in school leadership in school design, school
culture, governance and operations. After your charter is approved,
you are eligible for an additional $250,000 in start up money.
Building Excellent Schools supports your school through its opening
and your planning year through Follow on Support. The goal of Follow-
On Support is to provide a combination of proactive and responsive
supports that help Fellows conquer the many challenges encountered
when opening a successful charter school. The mission remains the
same: to ensure that Fellows are able to lead results-focused,
mission-driven, high-achieving urban charter schools.
What do we look for in our school founders and leaders?
Our Fellows represent a range of professional experience including
education, business, law, and public administration. Our selection
criteria align with the characteristics of the highest performing
Building Excellent Schools Fellows have a(n):
Absolute belief that academic achievement drives everything:
Track Record of Exceptional Impact:
in your professional pursuits business, law and/or education
in your community
Building Excellent Schools Fellows are:
Highly Flexible and Urgent
Relentless Achievers: Gets the job done no matter
Humble: Always willing to learn
Demanding of Themselves and Others: Good is not good enough, only
great will suffice
How Do You Apply?
We strongly recommend completing our online Introductory Fellowship
Questionnaire prior to applying for the Fellowship. However,
applications can be completed online at
www.buildingexcellentschools.org. The winter deadline is February
23, 2009. The spring deadline is May 11, 2009.
For more information about Building Excellent Schools and the
Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, please contact
Do You Want To Know How They Did It?
To date, 35 Building Excellent Schools Fellows in 12 states have
founded charter schools that will have opened by the fall of 2009.
Visit www.buildingexcellentschools.org, to learn more about the
organization, The Fellowship, and the many schools started by our
Fellows. I particularly encourage you to learn more about the
astonishing academic success of Fellow Founded-school West Denver
Prep - http://www.westdenverprep.org/index.asp. West Denver Prep 7th
Grade scores are first in the state among similar populations.