Southern California Program
Building Excellent Schools
Building Excellent Schools (BES) trains and supports educational entrepreneurs to establish new Building Excellent Schools (BES) trains and supports educational entrepreneurs to establish new high-performing charter schools in low income communities. There are eight BES schools in Los Angeles today. BES will grow this network to 17 schools by 2017 that will enroll over 6,000 students by 2020. Applicants are selected through a rigorous national application process for a two-year fellowship. Fellows are trained in school design and leadership, governance, operations, assessment, and external relations. Newly established BES Fellow‐founded schools have the support of a robust peer network of high‐performing BES schools and school leaders. A two-year Foundation grant will support two new fellows and a new staff position to train and coach local fellows.
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