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How to Apply


Step 1

The application window is closed for school year 2018-19. For reference, below are the steps to follow in order to be considered for admission.

First, you must be nominated by one of our partner organizations. See Admissions Criteria below for more information.


Step 2

Next, complete the Relay admissions application, which includes education and employment information. You'll also need to provide these materials: 

  • Resume
  • Short essay
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Student results


Application Deadlines

The application deadline for school year 2019-20 is February 1, 2019.

Recommended Deadlines & Cut Off Dates

The recommended deadlines above help ensure applicants receive a decision before the first day of summer coursework. We have found that students who submit all their application materials before these deadlines are better set up for a successful first term at Relay. However, most programs accept applications after the recommended deadline from individuals who are hired later in the summer. Admissions is offered on a rolling basis and Relay can only review complete applications. Applicants can expect to receive a decision approximately four to six weeks after submitting a complete application.

Admissions for each program closes no later than the first day of in-person class. For more information on your program’s admissions requirements, visit your campus page.

Admissions Criteria

The Leverage Leadership Institute is a selective fellowship opportunity for approximately 20 leaders each year who are in the top 10% of schools in their local district or state and have led student outcomes and opportunities to double-digit gains.

The fellowship is for current principals and principal supervisors who are already familiar with the levers of leadership, have implemented them in their school(s), and have demonstrated strong results. It is open to school leaders of all types of schools in all regions who meet the criteria.

Unofficial transcripts and evidence of student results are required as part of the application. Please begin working on compiling your student achievement outcomes and requesting your unofficial transcript as soon as possible, as these can be the most time-consuming part of the application process.

Nominations received by superintendents, current LLI fellows, Relay, and Uncommon Schools, will be given strong consideration for this program. Nominations should be sent to

Student Results Guidelines

As part of the selection process, the selection committee validates the student results of leaders applying. Guidelines for submitting evidence of impact are as follows:

  • Submit student achievement data that demonstrates, at a minimum:
    • Evidence that your school (or the schools you manage) are in the top 10% of your local district or state;
    • Evidence that you (or the schools you manage) had double-digit gains in relation to the statewide or district-wide average gains in the last one to three years.
  • If results are not a state or district validated report, please use the text section of the application to provide a link to a validated source of data.
  • Provide any additional context or explanation that would be helpful in evaluating student achievement results.
  • Please note that meeting the achievement data criteria does not guarantee admission – the higher your outcomes for students and the more years you experienced these outcomes, the more likely it is that you will be accepted.
  • Results should be uploaded as a PDF.

Contact Information


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