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Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success

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Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success, previously the High School for Business and Economic Success (HSBES),[1] was a Grade 7–12 state charter school located on the campus of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Windsor Village, Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas. The school was formerly named Gulf Shores Academy. In 2011 it merged with Benji's Special Educational Academy into Victory Preparatory Academy.

Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success
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Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success is located in Texas
Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success
Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success
Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success is located in the United States
Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success
Leader's Academy High School for Business and Academic Success
6011 W. Orem
CoordinatesCoordinates: 29°37′42″N 95°28′41″W / 29.628288°N 95.478183°W / 29.628288; -95.478183
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TypeCharter
School districtHouston Independent School District (Houston ISD)
CampusUrban

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HistoryEdit

Gulf Shores Academy opened in 1998. The Texas Education Agency tried to shut down the charter school for several years. At a point the school owed the state US$11 million for over-reporting attendance. Harris County prosecutors said that the original founders of the academy sold forged transcripts to undercover investigators. The school moved around from location to location and had a high teacher turnover rate.[2] In 2006 its student body count was between 500 and 600.[3] In 2008 the U.S. Department of Justice criminally charged the school's leader, Linda Johnson, along with document tampering due to the school making false academic transcripts,[4] as parents paid her to create transcripts not reflecting actual academic performance. Johnson received a federal prison term of two years.[5]

In the late 2000s the Windsor Village United Methodist Church took over the school. Originally the church planned to use the former charter, but it decided to ask the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to turn the campus into a district charter. The HISD board voted regarding turning Leader's Academy for High School for Business and Academic Success into a district charter.[2] Leader's Academy was established as an HISD-affiliated charter school in 2007.[6] Members of the charter school's board of trustees as of 2009 included Rod Paige, the former Secretary of Education of the U.S., and Kirbyjon Caldwell, the senior pastor of the church.[2] The board became known as the Management Accountability Corp.[7]

In 2011 it merged with Benji's Special Educational Academy into Victory Preparatory Academy after Leader's Academy's board took over Benji's School.[7] Victory Prep was established as a charter school directly overseen by the state instead of as an HISD charter.[6]

CampusEdit

The school was last located in the former sanctuary of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church.[8] It was formerly at 6000 Heatherbrook.[1]

Dress codeEdit

The charter school planned to require students to wear "business attire" and carry briefcases to school.[2]

Notable alumniEdit

As Gulf Shores Academy:

  • Gerald Green (Basketball player) - Jennifer Radcliffe of the Houston Chronicle wrote that Gulf Shores Academy was best known for the problems in management, but that the fact that Green was an alumnus was the second-most-prominent aspect of the school.[2]

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Guide to HISD Contract Charter Schools and Programs" (PDF). Houston Independent School District at the Texas Senate. Retrieved 2018-04-09. HS for Business and Economic Success 6000 Heatherbrook[...]HSBES offers[...]
  2. ^ a b c d e Radcliffe, Jennifer (2009-04-09). "Fresh start for struggling school". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-04-11. The HISD school board is expected to vote today to take over the struggling state charter, now called Leader’s Academy High School for Business and Academic Success.[...]Outside of its management troubles, the school was best known for producing first-round NBA draft pick Gerald Green.
  3. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer (2006-10-02). "Gulf Shores charter school gets reprieve". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-09. Between 500 and 600 students attended school Monday at Gulf Shores' middle and high schools, Wilson said.
  4. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer (2008-03-27). "Gulf Shores Academy accused of faking student files". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  5. ^ "Ex-Gulf Shores CEO sentenced to prison". KTRK-TV (ABC 13). 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  6. ^ a b "Charter Schools". Houston Independent School District. Retrieved 2018-04-09. LEADER'S ACADEMY--CLOSED IN 2011 (BECAME A TEA CHARTER) 6011 West Orem
  7. ^ a b Mellon, Ericka (2016-04-14). "HISD gives second life to troubled charter school". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  8. ^ "No injuries in fire at charter school on church campus". Houston Chronicle. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2018-04-09. The structure where the fire started is the original sanctuary for the church, but is now being used as the Leader’s High School for Business and Economic Success, KHOU said.