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Two pathways to build the future of education in D.C.: Fellowship and Incubator.

CityBridge seeks out and supports top-tier prospective school leaders to design and establish the next generation of public schools in Washington, D.C.

CityBridge has funded and incubated a number of schools in the District already, including D.C. International School, Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys, and Washington Leadership Academy. Our early stage funding and expert staff provide entrepreneurs with the time, space, and connections they need to create schools that serve the learning needs of every child.

The Fellowship

In the Summer of 2019, CityBridge will invite into our Fellowship 10-15 people who, as individuals or as part of duos, want to design equitable and innovative school models. The Fellowship will help them reimagine learning in Washington, D.C. by providing the following:

  • Personalized coaching
  • Training in student- and equity-centered design
  • Multi-day workshops in D.C. (travel covered for non-D.C. Fellows)
  • Inspiring trips to innovative schools across the country
  • Knowledge-base grounded in learning sciences
  • Stipend to run a robust pilot of your school model

Candidates applying as individuals should have school leadership experience at the Assistant Principal level or above. Duos need only have one applicant with school leadership experience.

Fellows will stay in their current jobs and locations, and participate in Fellowship programming virtually and through scheduled in-person cohort meetings.

All interested Fellows will be considered for the Incubator at the end of the Fellowship. If applying as a duo, only one member must have a school leader background.

Key Dates:

  • Application Opens >> January 2019
  • Webinar >> February 2019
  • Application Deadline >> March 15, 2019
  • Decisions by >> May 2019
  • Program Start>> July 2019

We recognize that founding a school model is not a solo endeavor and that leaders with complementary skill-sets may have a higher chance of success. We therefore strongly encourage pairs of entrepreneurs who share a common vision for their school to apply together.

Application opens January 2019

Not sure if you’re a good fit? Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out.

The Incubator

The Incubator consists of up to 5 individuals or duos who will work closely through our program to design their D.C. school and apply for a charter in January of 2020. The Incubator will provide at minimum a full year’s salary so entrepreneurs can leave their jobs and work on their endeavors full-time. They will also be provided with in-depth coaching, programming, a workspace, and resources to assemble their founding team and fine-tune their school design and application. Entrepreneurs will be expected to (re)locate to the D.C. area.

Key Dates:

  • Application Opens >> September 25, 2018
  • 1st Webinar >> October 2018
  • 2nd Webinar >> December 2018
  • Application Deadline >> January 17, 2019
  • Decisions by >> May 2019
  • Program Start>> July 2019

What does CityBridge provide?

Founding a school is hard. Past entrepreneurs we’ve worked with have told us what supports are most valuable:

  • Seed capital to work full-time on school creation
  • CityBridge Design Studio to design innovative schools with the lens of equity.
  • Bespoke support from our experienced school launch and incubation team to work through the toughest challenges.
  • Political mapping to build up your network of civic leaders at all levels of the city
  • Workspace for productivity and collaboration

Who is eligible to apply? What do you look for?

Founding a school demands a wide spectrum of skills so we consider entrepreneurs from a wide array of backgrounds.

The only requirements are that selected entrepreneurs be located in the D.C. area during the incubation period, and that the schools be located in D.C. and serve the District’s students.

In our experience incubating schools, the following characteristics have been crucial in our most successful entrepreneurs:

  • A track record of taking on big projects and leading teams to success.
  • Restlessness with the status quo and a passion for dreaming up new ideas.
  • Fierce dedication to ensuring that every student has an environment where they can thrive academically and emotionally.
  • A habit of inclusiveness so that every team member contributes to achieving team goals.

We also recognize that founding a school is not a solo endeavor and that leaders with complementary skill-sets may have a higher chance of success. We therefore strongly encourage pairs of entrepreneurs who share a common vision for their school to apply together.

Not sure if you’re a good fit? Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested, fill out this application.

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