The Academy of Scholars Christian Private School Welcomes Dr. Brian Bolden as New Head of School

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Dr. Brian Bolden, a nationally known school safety expert and award-winning school administrator, will lead the Atlanta-based Academy of Scholars with an emphasis on tightening security, sharpening coding, STEM and entrepreneurship focus, and expanding virtual options.

Decatur, GA (PRUnderground) October 25th, 2022

Dr. Brian Bolden is well-known in Georgia for turning struggling schools into academic powerhouses and keeping classrooms safe in the process. As an elementary public school principal, he became a national voice for school security after evacuating all of his students to safety even as an armed shooter prowled the campus. Now, he will serve as Head of School at The Academy of Scholars, elevating the security and STEM-focus of the Atlanta area private school.

As Bolden takes the reins at The Academy of Scholars, which offers an affordable private school education to elementary school students, he will continue the school’s emphasis on coding and STEM. Students will learn computer coding and entrepreneurship, with hands-on programs for launching and scaling online businesses.

“We aren’t just thinking of today. We’re projecting into the future and giving our kids what they need to succeed tomorrow,” said Dr. Bolden. “We’re helping them unlock potential they never even knew that they had.”

Bolden made headlines earlier in his career for taking a Title I public high school and turning it into an academic force. It rose to rank as #35 among Georgia’s public schools and made US News and World Report’s Best High School List (2010-11). Later, while serving as the principal at R.E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, he succeeded in getting all of his staff members and students to safety after an active shooter entered the school building. He was praised by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, featured on CNN and other major media outlets, and consulted on protocols for keeping America’s schools safe.

“Few people are more qualified to help distinguish The Academy of Scholars as one of the best Christian private schools in the nation,” said Mallory Herd, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The Academy of Scholars. “We can already feel his positive energy in the way he motivates our students to achieve greatness. He has the vision and the experience to bring about the extraordinary.”

As Bolden ensures a safe learning environment for in-person students, he is also working on expanding virtual options for students who seek all the benefits of a top-tier private school paired with the flexibility and customized curriculum of virtual learning. Online students can log on from anywhere in the country and get the same Christian-based, STEM-focused education as their in-person peers.

To learn more about The Academy of Scholars’ private school programs for in-person and virtual students, call 678-632-6001 or go to

About The Academy of Scholars

The Academy of Scholars is an independent, Christian school serving children from age 4 through grade 6. Their mission is to develop their scholars to their fullest intellectual, moral, spiritual, emotional, physical, and social potential in a safe, supportive, interactive, nurturing environment.

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