APS puts its B.E.S.T. foot forward

WSB-TV news anchor Fred Blankenship called the Office of Communications earlier this week with a simple request: He wanted to do a story about single-gender schools and was hoping we could help. Our response: an overwhelming “yes!”

Not only did we tell him about the two incredible leadership academies at Mays High — the Eagle Academy for young men and the Dorothy Height Academy for young women — we also raved about the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and B.E.S.T. Academy at Ben Carson.

Blankenship decided to visit BEST Academy for a glimpse at how the district prepares young men for success in college and career. BEST students explained that the school’s expectation of excellence helped pave the way to a bright future.

“As a journalist, I have to maintain a level of separation with my topic, but I applaud you, young man,” Blankenship told one student after the interviewing.

Principal LaPaul Shelton stressed the school’s customized approach to instruction, as well as an emphasis on hands-on activities, teamwork and character building as part of the blueprint for student achievement. BEST High School Principal Boris Hurst also provided insight on Phase Two of the BEST journey: success in high school. This year, APS celebrates its first freshman class at BEST High.

Look for feature during the 6:30 p.m. news cast this Sunday, Aug. 29.

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