An award-winning, gap-closing school for children in north Minneapolis and beyond - www.thebestacademy.org
The Harvest Network of Schools, a charter management organization based in north Minneapolis, exists to unleash the potential of our scholars and transform the community by using education as a lever for change. Together, our group of high-performing public charter schools in Minneapolis, which include Harvest Preparatory School (K-4). Best Academy (K-8), and The Mastery School (K-5) serve nearly 1,000 predominantly low-income African American scholars and deliver a world-class education achieving some of the state's highest math and reading proficiency rates for low-income children, English Language Learners, and children of color.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of our scholars are living in poverty. One hundred percent (100%) are expected to excel; and overwhelmingly they do. We use proven methods to educate our children to their full potential. All Harvest Network schools use a unique "gap-closing framework" focused on student achievement at the core, supported by quality teaching, a positive school culture, a longer school day and longer school year that results in 35% more class time for students.
Best Academy opened in 2008 with an initial focus on educating boys. Since then, two programs have been added: SISTER Academy, which focuses on girls' positive development and academic success; and Best East, which provides culturally responsive and ELL education to East African scholars and their families.
Harvest Network of Schools is recognized as a local and national model fo closing the achievement gap and delivering high-quality education to all children. Schools in our Network have been:
- Home to the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year
- Named Top 5 in the nation for educating Black boys
- Frequently included on the Star Tribune's Beating the Odds list of schools achieving strong academic results with a high-poverty student body
- Recognized with the Minnesota Business Partnership's Future Award
- Profiled by Soledad O'Brien in a CNN Black in America prime time special
Best Academy is authorized by the Audubon Center of the North Woods.