Education in the U.S. is unjust.
The Highest Standard is a forthcoming feature documentary film (2023) that expands upon the short film Beacon (2017), following three students as they make a leap across the education gap.
Meleah, Makai and Exavion are Boston-area public middle-schoolers who by 8th grade rank far below their suburban peers. They take a chance entering Beacon Academy, a 14-month program between middle and high school that aims to help public school students prepare to apply to some of the best private high schools in the country.
What is the cost of this incredible transition? As seniors, four years later, these students revisit their life-changing year and reflect on that question.
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from Mission Park, MA
"If I was at my other school, I'd probably be like one of those 'cool kids,' but one that's not learning nothing at all."
Dream High School: Dublin School
from Brighton, MA
"I always imagined going off to these big colleges, but I didn't even know grammar."
Dream High Schools: Concord Academy, Milton Academy,
Williston Northampton School
from Brockton, MA
"At my old school, they just expected us to pass through the year not to do anything with our lives -- or if they did they didn't show it too well. "
Dream High School: Tabor Academy
Beacon Academy is an extra year of instruction between 8th and 9th grade, designed to create an environment that allows promising public school students from the Greater Boston Area to become competitive applicants for New England's top college-prep boarding schools.
Students anticipate high school