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Prestige Academy, Charleston County’s First All Boys Academy Seeking Enrollment
7/27/2016 4:50:40 PM

Dr. Joyce Coleman, Executive Director
By Tolbert Smalls, Jr. 

Charleston County’s first All Boys Academy, Prestige Academy for Boys, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on August 6 welcoming new students as it opens its doors to the Charleston community. The academy is located at 2415 Avenue F North Charleston, South Carolina 29405.

Prestige Preparatory Academy was unanimously conditionally approved by the CCSD’s Board of Trustees in January 2016. The Academy has a rich and rigorous curriculum and teaching methodology that capitalizes on the way boys learn. Instruction infuses techniques that recognize and encourage the learning styles and tempos of boys. The school is committed to celebrating our boys' innate qualities, while also setting appropriate limits and channeling their energy into productive outcomes.

The role of Prestige Preparatory Academy is to ensure academic and social growth with: a world-class education, a continuum of high quality “boy-specific” curricular; authentic relationships with boys, families and community partners; personalized plans and instruction to focus on needs; a welcoming and nurturing learning environment; and, Instructional Facilitators (IFs) who endorse learning as a desire instead of a burden. Each boy is capable of acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to complete college and to pursue leadership roles in careers of their choosing, and for many, to transform out of the cycle of poverty. The Academy’s unique community of learners genuinely wants to do well. Each boy is challenged to reach his full potential.

Executive Director Joyce Coleman, Ed.S, is an experienced educator with over 30 years of experience. She got her start in Charleston when former Charleston County Superintendent Dr. Ronald McWhirt hired the former Virginia teacher as principal of Mt. Zion Elementary School on Johns Island in 1999. After her second year on the job, she took the “D” ranked school and brought it up to a “B” ranking which earned the Palmetto Silver honor. She returned to Virginia in 2003 as one of the first ten Turnaround Specialist by Gov. Mark Warner. For 15 years as a principal and specialist, she worked with underperfomring schools on the East Coast, providing quality education for children.

Coleman is well-suited to make Prestige Academy For Boys one of the best academies in the state and around the country. Her track record speaks for itself. “As the Executive Director and Founder, I am committed to establishing an exemplar learning institution where young boys excel with the diligent support of a certified and highly qualified faculty and staff,” she said.

The school is currently seeking enrollment and is scheduled to open in August 2016 with grades K-4; 2017, K-5; 2018, K-6; 2019, K-7; 2020, K-8. Registration for K-4 is now open.

For more information, visit or like the school on Facebook at Prestige Preparatory Academy.

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