Public Charter School: University Preparatory Academy Science and Math
Public Charter School Location: Detroit
Authorizer: Grand Valley State University
Barksdale is a 2017 graduate of University Preparatory Academy Science and Math in Detroit, Michigan.
As a high school junior, Barksdale launched his own production company and digital media business, which has flourished since his graduation. He is currently studying film and video production with a minor in photography at Grand Valley State University, while simultaneously managing his business.
“My charter school felt like nonstop preparation,” says Barksdale. “Whether it was for a big test or getting us ready for college, they made sure every student had the same advantages to succeed.
“The charter school’s high expectation for me made me unlock potential and use skills I’d never tried before.”