Hayward Collegiate's founder is a fellow with Building Excellent Schools (BES), a national, highly-selective nonprofit organization committed to improving the academic achievement of underserved students in our nation’s urban centers. The BES Fellowship trains its leaders to take on the demanding and urgent work of leading high-achieving, college-preparatory urban charter schools. 

In addition to holistic training, BES Fellows travel across the country to observe high-performing charter schools in their first year. These exceptional schools and the BES network will continue to serve as allies and support Hayward Collegiate during its founding years. We are determined to not only be a well-intentioned school in Buffalo but also an exceptional school option that closes the opportunity gap in our city.