CES Affiliation News!

Starting in April 2016, we’re changing the schools and organizations join CES. Please visit Join CES to participate in the updated CES Affiliation process, and please visit CES Network for the ever-growing list of 2016-2017 CES affiliates. The 2016-2017 affiliation year starts on July 1, 2016 and is open now to all schools and organizations committed to incorporating the CES Common Principles into their programs and services.


CES Affiliate Centers and Schools, 2015-2016

Job Openings: Please contact info@essentialschools to link employment opportunities next to your Center or School.

Looking for a Job? Look for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY alongside a school name in the list below.

National Coordinator of CES Centers 

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center
Estes Park, CO 

CES Centers and Organizations

Abeo School Change/CESNW
Lakewood, WA

Anitoch Center for School Renewal
Keene, NH
The Antioch Center for School Renewal provides professional development services around problem-based learning, facilitating communities of practice, educational technology integration, school change, and place-based education. As the service division of Antioch University New England’s Education Department, we are also authorized to offer customized online and face-to-face courses and workshops for graduate credit.

Big Picture Learning
Providence, RI

Center for Collaborative Education
Boston, MA
The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) envisions a just and equitable world in which every student is college- and career-ready, and prepared to become a compassionate, thoughtful, and contributing global citizen. We partner with educators and leaders to develop strategies, processes, and tools that support our vision of schools that prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. CCE works directly with schools, districts, and states to increase educational access and opportunity, with particular attention to groups that have historically been underserved and whose voices have been largely absent from education and policy discussions: students of color, low-income populations, and English Language Learners.

The Center for Collaborative Learning at the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Lead Facilitator – CREATE Teacher Residency Program (April 2016)
Atlanta, GA
The Center for Collaborative Learning at the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School brings together individuals, schools, and organizations to build capacity for creating student-centered learning environments in the following ways:

  • Educator visits to ANCS to observe teaching and learning;
  • Workshops to deepen knowledge of ANCS practices for possible use in their own contexts;
  • Institutes and lectures by outside experts on teaching and learning topics;
  • School partnerships to establish longer-term formal relationships between ANCS and other schools to offer facilitation and support as schools plan and carry out school change initiatives.

Center for Powerful Public Schools
Los Angeles, CA
Founded in 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools builds the capacity of educators to create and sustain powerful public schools that prepare every student for college, career, and life. The Center provides services to schools and districts in greater Los Angeles and across California to develop, implement and sustain personalized, high-performing schools that advance equitable public education and ensure student success. For more information, visit www.powerfuled.org.

De Leerschool
Leidschendam, The Netherlands

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center 
Estes Park, CO
The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock envisions this country’s high schools as high functioning centers of engagement and learning. We accelerate school improvement and support implementation of engaging practices that foster each students’ unique potential and help young people use their minds well. We facilitate processes to ensure sustainable solutions are created and leave people with structures to continue their own school improvement projects. Our pro bono services are best utilized when schools are at an implementation phase of a school improvement project.

Educate The Whole Child
Great Barrington, MA
Educate the Whole Child works to change the education paradigm from one stressing data and accountability to one that nurtures the whole child. We do this by certifying schools that can serve as models of best practice, by networking with allies and organizations like CES, by speaking at conferences, and by maintaining links and resources at our website–www.educatethewholechild.org.

Education Resources Consortium 
Cambridge, MA
The Education Resources Consortium is the strategic advisor of choice for schools, districts, non-profit organizations, and philanthropies, providing a broad menu of services, high-level expertise, and thought partnership through a broad network of national and regional expert practitioners.

The Étude Group
Sheboygan, WI
The Étude Group is a set of three tuition-free public charter schools within the Sheboygan Area School District: The Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA), The Mosaic School, and I.D.E.A.S. (Innovation through Design, Engineering, Arts, and Sciences) Academy located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Our students:

  • Develop creative/innovative thinking through authentic, disciplinary projects
  • Value a culture that promotes thinking
  • Become independent, self-directed learners
  • Build a connected, participatory community
  • Actively prepare for college and career

El Pueblo Integral Teaching and Learning Collaborative
Tucson, AZ

Great Schools Partnership
Portland, ME
Working at all levels of the education system, from the classroom to the statehouse, the Great Schools Partnership provides school coaching, professional development, and technical assistance to educators, schools, districts, organizations, and government agencies. We also create tools and resources for educators, administer public and private grant programs, and coordinate large-scale school-improvement initiatives for foundations and states.

LEAD Center
Santa Cruz, CA
The LEAD Center programs and services are designed to build the leadership capacity of educational leaders involved in reconceptualizing public schooling in our democratic society. We use the word “reconceptualizing” because the work is deep and challenging, requiring skilled, passionate, collaborative leaders with outstanding communication skills. The Center supports the work of schooling in four key areas:

  • Comprehensive schools working toward the establishment of small, personalized learning communities;
  • Small schools of choice created by dedicated groups of parents, teachers, and community members;
  • Coherence of effort amongst school district leadership, school site leadership and the school community;
  • Building leadership capacity for emerging teacher and administrator leaders.

Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools
Battle Creek, MI
The Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools (MCES) has successfully served both public and private schools from pre-kindergarten through high school in urban, suburban, and rural communities for more than 20 years. MCES helps schools to build and sustain capacity for comprehensive school improvement and transformation leading to increased student achievement. Special areas of focus are: High School and Middle School Small Learning Communities, K-12 comprehensive reform, Critical Friends Groups and Studying Student Work, Professional Learning Community, Secondary Literacy, Lesson Study, Student Exhibitions, Critical Thinking and Inquiry, and Parent Involvement.

New Mexico Center for School Leadership
Albuquerque, NM
The mission of the New Mexico Center for School Leadership is to develop schools and educational leaders with input from the people who have the most at stake in the success of our educational system: students and families, community members and employers. Our vision is to create and sustain a healthy, vibrant and responsive network of schools that is a catalyst for education policy reform locally and nationally.

San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools
San Francisco, CA
It is the mission of SF-CESS to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed. Guided by our framework for transformation, we achieve our mission by supporting the development of courageous and equity-centered leadership and programs through coaching, technical assistance and professional development to a network of school communities that share core values in high-leverage areas of:

  • Powerful and effective teaching and learning
  • Explicit, shared and leveraged instructional leadership
  • Thoughtful school design and professional development
  • Caring community connections for additional student support

School Reform Initiative
Denver, CO
SRI provides personalized professional development that focuses on developing a culture of SRI critical friendship. We support schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations to learn techniques to collaborate and reflect, in service of the youth and adults they serve.

Sizer Teachers Center
Devens, MA
The Sizer Teachers Center, located at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, facilitates authentic adult learning, supports systemic change in schools, and promotes CES principles though workshops, custom-designed visits to Parker, and consulting services.

QED Foundation
Amherst, NH

CES Schools – by Region

Northeast: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV

Arlington Middle School
Lawrence, MA

Atrium School
Watertown, MA

Blackstone Academy Charter School Inc.
Pawtucket, RI

Blue Ridge School
St. George, VA

Boston Arts Academy Foundation
Boston, MA

Boston Day and Evening Academy
Roxbury, MA

Boston Green Academy – Horace Mann
Brighton, MA

Brimmer and May School
Chestnut Hill, MA

Capital City Public Charter School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Teaching Positions (March 2016)
Washington, DC

New York, NY

City Neighbors Foundation/Hamilton EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Assistant Principal Position (March 2016)
Baltimore, MD

Collins Middle School
Salem, MA

Compass School
Westminster, VT

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School
Branford, CT

Croton-Harmon Union Free School District
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Emily G. Wetherbee School
Lawrence, MA

Essex Street Academy
New York, NY

Fenway High School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Head of School Position (February 2016)
Boston, MA

Francis W. Parker Charter School
Devens, MA

Greenwood Elementary School
Princess Annem MD

Humanities Prep Academy
New York, NY

James F. Hennessy School
Lawrence, MA

Landmark High School
New York, NY

Lehman Alternative Community School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Math, Special Education, and Physical Education/Health Teaching Positions (April 2016)
Ithaca, NY

Making Community Connections Charter School
Amherst, NH

Meridian Academy EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Math, Science, and Technology Teacher; Humanities Teacher (April 2016)
Jamaica Plain, MA

Mission Hill School
Boston, MA

New Liberty Innovation School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Principal Position (February 2016)
Salem, MA

New York City Outward Bound Center
Long Island City, NY

Noble High School
North Berwick, ME

Parthum Elementary School
Lawrence, MA

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public School
South Hadley, MA

Putnam Avenue Upper School
Cambridge, MA

QED Foundation
Amherst, NH

Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School
Rochester, NY

Scarsdale Alternative School
Scarsdale, NY

Sizer School, A North Central Charter Essential School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Director of Special Education (April 2016)
Fitchburg, MA

Souhegan High School
Amherst, NH

South Lawrence/Parthum Elementary School
Lawrence, MA

The Crefeld School
Philadelphia, PA

The Hudson School
Hoboken, NJ

The New School
Kennebunk, ME

The New School of Northern Virginia
Fairfax, VA

The Sharon Academy
Sharon, VT

Watkinson School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Teaching and Administrative Positions (April 2016)
Hartford, CT

Yarmouth High School
Yarmouth, ME

Midwest: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH, TN, WI 

El Colegio Charter School
So. Minneapolis, MN

Federal Hocking Middle/High School
Stewart, OH

Gilmour Academy
Gates Mills, OH

Saint Andrew’s-Sewanee School
Sewanee, TN

The Étude Group of Schools EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Grade 2/3, Middle School ELA, and High School ELA Teaching Positions (May 2016) 
Sheboygan, WI

Central: KS, ND, NE, OK, SD


Southeast: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC

Academy at Trails Carolina
Henderson, NC

Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, AL

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Teaching and Instructional Coaching Positions (April 2016) 
Atlanta, GA

Counterpane Montessori School
Fayetteville, GA

Greenville Technical Charter High School
Greenville, SC

HCS Early College High School
Conway, SC

McFatter Technical College and High School
Davie, FL

Sheridan Technical High School
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Foundation Academy
Jacksonville, FL

The Weber School
Atlanta, GA

Woodlawn School
Mooresville, NC

Southwest/West Coast: AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, TX, UT

Areté Preparatory Academy
Los Angeles, CA

Austin Discovery School
Austin, TX

Branciforte Small Schools
Santa Cruz, CA

City Academy EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Principal Position (April 2016)
Salt Lake City, UT

City Center for Collaborative Learning
Tucson, AZ

Creative Arts Charter School
San Francisco, CA

Da Vinci Schools
Hawthorne, CA

Eagle Rock School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Teaching, Administrative, and Public Allies Fellow Positions (January 2016)
Estes Park, CO

High Tech High EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Elementary and Secondary Teaching Positions (March 2016) 
San Diego, CA

Leadership Charter High School
San Francisco, CA

Marin Horizon School
Mill Valley, CA

Media Arts Collaborative Charter School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Administrative and Teaching Positions (January 2016)
Albuquerque, NM

Millennium School
San Francisco, CA

Paulo Freire Freedom School
Tucson, AZ

Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown
Tucson, AZ

San Juan Unified School District
Carmichael, CA

School Reform Initiative
Denver, CO

SDCOE/Juvenile Court and Community Schools
San Diego, CA

Sugar Bowl Academy
Norden, CA

The Connect Charter School
Pueblo, CO

The Peak School
Frisco, CO

Turquoise Trail Charter School
Santa Fe, NM

Wildwood School
Los Angeles, CA

Northwest: AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY

Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment
SeaTac, WA

Connections New Century PCS
Hilo, HI

Crater Academy of Health and Public Services
Central Point, OR

Global Connections High School
Seatac, WA

Inglewood Middle School
Sammamish, Wa

Lincoln High School
Tacoma, WA

Maryknoll School
Honolulu, HI

Multnomah County School District 51J
Portland, OR

Nathan Hale High School
Seattle, WA

On Track Academy
Spokane, WA

Options High School, Bellington Public Schools
Bellingham, WA

Riverdale Grade School
Portland, OR

Riverdale High School
Portland, OR

Steller Secondary School
Anchorage, AK

The Community School
Spokane, WA

Trillium Charter School EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Head of Lower School (click here for job description) and Teaching Positions (March 2016)
Portland, OR


De Leerschool
Leidschendam, Netherlands

Multiple Intelligence International School
Quezon City, Philippines

New International School of Japan EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Secondary School Math and Science Teacher – send resume and cover letter to Steven Parr at sparr@newis.ed.jp (April 2016)
Tokyo, Japan

Platform -TL
Utrecht, Netherlands