The B.E.S.T. Academy

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The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
Type Public, single-gender (boys)
School district Atlanta Public Schools - SRT 4
Principal Dr. Jones
Grades 6 through 12
Color(s) Blue and gold
Mascot Eagles

The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson (BEST) was opened in Atlanta, Georgia, United States in August 2007. For a short time the academy was simply referred to as "the boys' single gender academy," but was later named by its first principal, Curt R. Green, in honor of the renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin S. Carson. B.E.S.T. is an acronym for Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology.

At its inception, the school served boys in grade 6 with plans for expansion to grade 12 by 2013. The B.E.S.T. Academy is a public school in the Atlanta Public Schools system.

Single-gender education[edit]

The B.E.S.T. academy was initiated by Atlanta Public Schools based on the research of Michael Gurian, who asserts that girls and boys have different learning styles. To this effect, teachers at BEST employ teaching strategies that are geared toward the general learning styles of boys.


The students at B.E.S.T. are immersed in a rigorous academic curriculum, which includes language arts, social studies, reading, math, and science.


Students at BEST have an opportunity to take various connections classes. These include:

  • Art
  • Band
  • Business Education and Computer Technology
  • Chorus
  • Heath & Physical Education
  • Sex Ed
  • Spanish
  • Strings

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The following extracurricular activities are offered at BEST:

  • Afterschool Allstars
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Debate team
  • Football
  • Robotics
  • Swimming
  • Track and field

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 33°46′28.61″N 84°26′52.56″W / 33.7746139°N 84.4479333°W / 33.7746139; -84.4479333