BELA Charter is Changing the Approach to High School

BELA Charter is Changing the Approach to High School

3/19/19—[Excerpt from Forbes article] “The Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy Charter High School, aptly known as BELA, co-founded by Nicia Fullwood and Shannon Riley, has chosen an untraditional approach to create the next generation of leaders at their all-girl charter high school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

BELA opened its doors August 2017, accepting its first cohort of 60 freshman girls. With a current enrollment of 120 girls, Fullwood and Riley are hoping to have their first graduating class in June 2021. But, this isn’t just about pumping students out to 4-year universities, BELA wants to set these young women up to live purpose-driven lives. In creating BELA’s curriculum, the duo focused on teaching their students about service, scholarship, strength, and most importantly sisterhood.

The staff at BELA take their role in these students’ futures seriously and have built a curriculum to ensure they see their students succeed.”

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