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Old Berclair church officially new Memphis Business Academy location

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A Memphis charter school is working to bring diversity to the Berclair community.

The old Macon Road Baptist Church is the new home of the Memphis Business Academy.

School leaders are hoping the charter school can build on the success that the academy and its students have made in Frayser.

“We tried to affect the landscape of Frayser for the last 10 years, and we feel comfortable that we’ve done that,” said Memphis Business Academy CEO Anthony Anderson. “From a blight issue and developing the communities around us.”

Anderson said the Memphis Business Academy Network has spent millions of dollars bringing new life into their two Frayser schools and have increased test scores and hopes in the community.

Anderson said he feels the network will have similar success at the new campus on Macon Road.

"I've worked as a civil engineer in Mexico; I've been a teacher since I was 19-years-old,” said Memphis Business Academy teacher Raul Dominguez. “The more you learn, the more you have to offer your community. Not only to your community, but you can also make a bridge between different communities and that’s what we want to do.”

Dominguez is part of a new wave of Hispanic teachers working for the academy. Right now, students in the Frayser schools are primarily African-American. Organizers hope the Macon campus will pave the way for more diversity and encourage more Hispanic, Asian and other students to attend.

Academy leaders said the first students to start at the new campus will be third, fourth and fifth graders.

"Everybody learns about each other,” Anderson said. “We are international. An American student should not understand the importance of being bilingual at 19. They should understand that at five and six.”

For more information about the Memphis Business Academy, go to their website.

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