It's been said many times, any student can achieve in the right academic environment.
For the last nine years, Hollis F. Middle College High School Principal Daphne Beasley has encouraged, challenged and groomed her students to be the best.
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Hollis as one of the best high schools in America. Hollis is the only Memphis City School to win the bronze medal for academic excellence.
"We try to have instructional practices that will address college readiness right now so being validated by U.S. News and World Report at the level of being nationally recognized is really ... let's us know we're on the right track," Beasely said.
The school sits in the heart of the inner city on the Lemoyne-Owen campus. Students are required to take accelerated high school courses, mixed with college courses.
"I'm focused more here because of the rigors we have, you really don't have time to slip away from your work study," said Brandon Lewis, student.
Strong teachers and an involved principal are two pieces of the puzzle when it comes to success at this school. But, parental involvement makes a difference.
"My husband and I explained to her that it is very important that you learn these key essentials now while you're in high school so that when you do go to college, when you do get in your profession is not something you have to learn," said Shemika Herrington, parent.
By the time a majority of the students graduate, they will have at least two years of college credits. Between the small classrooms, the strict courses, and 100 percent graduation rate, it's a formula for success.
In the last five years, 100 percent of the school's graduates were accepted into college and awarded almost $12 million in scholarships.