You have questions, we have answers.

How many fellows will be selected?

We'll choose approximately 15 students for each of the summer 2019 fellowships.


What does the fellowship cost?

The fellowship is tuition-free, though students are responsible for their own transportation, as well as for any books (all of which are available at the library free of charge!).

If the fellowship is tuition-free, what do you get out of running it?

We are committed to building a new set of high school classes that students find practical and interesting. We believe student feedback is essential to doing this. The fellowship is our lab. It is our opportunity to work directly with high school students to put innovative ideas in front of them, get feedback, and improve our offerings. The classes we design in our summer fellowships we package into curriculum and professional development for schools to use during the school year. That’s why we run a summer fellowship, and that’s why we have a student advisory board.

How do you fund your program?

We have a grant from NewSchools Venture Fund. Historically, NSVF has invested in schools and tools. Schools are slow to build but own the full educational experience; tools are faster to scale but own small pieces of the educational experience. Model providers like Kaleidoscope sit in between—creating more of the instructional experience than a tool but with more scalability than a school. Existing examples include EL, Montessori, and Summit. We’re excited to be part of the first round of model provider grants NSVF is making. 


when will the application for summer 2019 open?

It’s open. You can apply here.

What is your deadline to apply for the fellowship?

Priority deadline: Sunday February 17, 2019

Final deadline: Sunday April 14, 2019

We encourage you to apply early. Our fellowships are small and an early application is a sign of demonstrated interest to us.


What makes an application stand out?

You are able to communicate why you connect with one of our fellowship concepts using concrete examples. Here are some great essays we received for summer 2018.

Do you give credit for participation?

No. We want fellows who really connect with the material and want to be part of the experience. We’ve designed the fellowship to fit around your other plans for the summer—we meet in the early evenings two nights a week—so if you have a job, internship, or need for credit you should be able to do that outside the fellowship. We view our fellows as co-collaborators helping us build compelling courses for high school students. We want fellows who are excited about this, not who are checking a box.

How long should my application take?

The application will be designed to be done in one sitting. Please note that you won't be able to save your application and come back to it so you may want to work on your essay in a separate document.


Where will the fellowship meet?

In summer 2018, we met at Teach For America's headquarters above the Shaw metro in downtown DC. For summer 2019 we haven’t settled on a location but are committed to finding DC space accessible by public transit.

When will the fellowship meet?

The fellowships will each meet two nights a week. Once with your theme-based cohort and once across cohorts to do skills labs. Sessions will take place from 5:00pm-7:30pm to fit around other plans you have for the summer—jobs, internships, or other responsibilities. Skills labs will meet Thursday evenings. Theme session nights are still TBD.


Do you have to live in the area of the fellowship to be chosen?

No. If you are in DC for the summer, you are welcome to apply. 


I see your age range is 16-18. Why is that?

We expect our program to be most popular with rising seniors in high school. But we're open to others who think they'd benefit, whether rising high school juniors who know they're interested in the topic or recently graduated high school seniors who want to start college with a leg up.


Why call it Kaleidoscope?

Because there are many ways to contribute to the world and many ways to understand and act on its problems. Because only a handful of disciplines tumble over each other to create all the ways we can understand the world. Because the world is a kaleidoscope, and we think high school should be less one-size-fits-all and more of a kaleidoscope too.


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