James Mays, co-founder of Brookfield Engineering Science and Technology (B.E.S.T. Academy), designed the independent study charter school with one goal in mind: provide an excellent education to underserved populations that tend to languish in the traditional education systems. Mays introduced DreamBox as a supplemental and intervention tool. DreamBox Intelligent Adaptive Technology helped personalize learning so that within six months proficiency for 7th graders grew 3 points, and 8th graders grew 4 points.
James Mays, along with his co-founder and longtime friend, a principal, launched B.E.S.T. Academy in 2019. With his extensive knowledge of adaptive learning, he brought DreamBox Learning Math to the tuition-free public charter school. The school serves 3rd – 12th grade students in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial counties in California. DreamBox offers lessons in Spanish and English and that is especially important given the high Spanish-speaking population in Southern California.