The success of a weekend volunteer program geared toward closing achievement gaps among African American male students has sparked the creation of a new school in Fayette County. The Carter G. Woodson Academy will open next year as the first all-male school within FCPS, using the Black Males Working Academy as its model.
"We'll have some very innovative type programs," says Roszalyn Akins, a retired teacher who founded Black Males Working seven years ago at First Baptist Church Bracktown. "Service learning will be big at the Carter G. Woodson Academy, where the boys will be out of the buildings for half the day on Fridays, where they'll actually be doing service learning, internships, and those kinds of things."
Akins will be dean of students at the new school. The traditional college prep curriculum will focus on high expectations through the lens of African American history.
"Our mission is to educate, motivate, and activate the potential for excellence that lies within all of these young men. It's in them; they just need someone to pull it out of them."
The Woodson Academy will start with 100 students in grades 6 through 9, adding a high school grade level each year. Parents can learn more about the program at an informational meeting scheduled for 6:30 Tuesday evening at Crawford Middle School.