Ida B. Wells Community Academy
An Introduction to Educational Quality
the Educational Needs of Akron's Youth from
by Mt. Olive Baptist and Mt. Calvary Baptist Churches of Akron, Ohio
Sponsored by The Lucas County Educational Service Center, Toledo, Ohio
by Dr. Edward W. Crosby and Mrs. Emma Jean Calhoun
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy was chartered by the State of Ohio on May 4, 1999, as a public, independent, and equal education and employment opportunity Community School. Its mission is to educate urban youth (K through 8) in a holistic educational atmosphere that is personalized, problem-posing and problem-solving, centered in African and African American culture studies, the visual and performing arts, the humanities, science, language arts, social studies. This mission stresses passing standard proficiency tests and internally developed academic assessments and reuniting traditional subject areas and learning activities so that students are able holistically to understand the relationship of one subject area to another and education to their present and future lives. The Academy’s Elementary School classes (Grades K to 4) are held at Mt. Olive, 1180 Slosson Street; the Middle School classes (Grades 5 to 8) are held at Mt. Calvary, 442 Bell Street. Both Baptist Churches are in Akron, Ohio. Mrs. Angela M. Neeley, MBA, is the Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officer. The Academy is governed by a highly qualified eleven (11) member Board of Governors. The individual Board members, administrators, faculty and staff members are highlighted here.
Who Will The Academy Serve From 1999 to 2006 and beyond?
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy is chartered by the Ohio Department of Education and established in Akron, Ohio. It opened on August 30, 1999, and is designed to serve African American, White, Native American and Latin American students residing within the Akron metropolitan area. Recently, the passage of HB 282 allows the Academy to admit as "interdistrict transfers" all students who reside in Ohio but outside the Akron School District, provided space is available and preference is given to students residing within the District. Admission to the Academy is FREE. Busing is to be provided by the Akron Public School District to students residing within the District and more than two miles from the Academy. In the event that does not happen, the Academy MAY arrange for private transportation services. NOTE: Transportation will not be provided for those students living outside the Akron Public School District. The Academy's decision to maintain an average of 15 students per class will strengthen its efforts to increase these students' educational performance while at the same time diversifying educational content. Beginning in August, 2004, the Academy will enroll 200 to 250 students in Kindergarten through the 8th grade, and enroll additional students as space becomes available. The Academy plans to add the 7th grade in 2004-2005 and the 8th grade in 2005-2006. The number of students the Ida B. Wells Community Academy can serve is limited. Initially, enrollees will be admitted on a first come, first served basis until available spaces are filled. Later students will be put on a waiting list and accepted by lottery as spaces become available. Enrollment preference will be given to continuing Academy students and their siblings.
Should Parents Enroll their Children in
the Ida B. Wells Community Academy?
Ida B. Wells Community Academy's personalized educational program,
curricular structure and delivery system are major program elements.
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's emphasis on high academic
expectations, moral and social responsibility, and increased
proficiency test scores should influence parents to enroll their
child(ren) in the Ida B. Wells Community Academy. Furthermore, the Ida
B. Wells Community Academy involves parents and the community at large
in meaningful activities throughout the Academy's operational and
developmental phases. These activities include assisting teachers,
administrative and governance functions, committee assignments
of various sorts, e.g., discipline, curriculum, admission, faculty
hiring, and facilities acquisition.
Ida B. Wells Community Academy's Educational Program and Goals
The Academy provides an education that is nurturing, intellectually stimulating and intended to imbue in its students a mutual respect for learning proficiency, competence and for the attainment of knowledge of their history, culture, traditions and values. Students will learn to appreciate themselves, their fellow students, their families, and their community. Most importantly, the Academy seeks to establish a learning community and environment that is supported by a curriculum that relies on the learners' experiences at home, in their neighborhood, and in the society. It is structured to produce measurable performance outcomes in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and the natural sciences. The Academy promotes learning activities based on individual student interests and needs and allows students to grow at their own pace and enhance their own achievement expectations. Frequently the Academy will assess itself and report to parents how the overall curricular program and educational process is progressing as well as how well students are performing based on national, state and city norms. The Academy regularly assesses teacher performance, learning obstacles, student rights and responsibilities, student government and parental and community involvement.
Ida B. Wells Community Academy's Educational
Philosophy and Operational Imperatives
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's educational philosophy and operational imperatives emphasize a program structure and instructional design with these essential ingredients and more:
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's instructional Philosophy and Program Structure are open ended so that it can maintain curricular and operational flexibility. The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's curricular focus follows the standard school curricula with one noteworthy exception: The Ida B. Wells Community Academy infuses into its curriculum an emphasis on Africa, African America and the world. This element is vital to the correct education of its enrollees. A careful review of the Ida B. Wells Community Academy’s educational philosophy and curricular plan reveals that we approach education from a quality perspective that agrees with Carter G. Woodson's caution in his The Mis-education of the Negro (1933). Most children have not been properly exposed to the history, culture and aspirations of the African in America, the largest nonwhite racial group in the United States. This group's history, culture, languages, traditions and contributions to American civilization have been most neglected in school curricula from Kindergarten to the PhD. The Academy is designed to correct this cultural hegemony by infusing curricular diversity that will not exclude learning about other ethnic or racial groups, particularly Native Americans and Latin Americans. All Americans must learn to live, work and understand each other. This need has been evident, although ignored, since the inception of the nation. It is the purpose of the Academy to offer a well balanced education where academic skills are taught along with mutual respect and cooperation. This perspective undergirds the Academy’s resolve to keep the American experiment alive.
For More Information About the Academy
Call: 330.867.1085 FAX: 330.867.1074
Visit the Academy’s Web Site at: http://hierographics.org/AcademyIndex.shtml
or Write to:
Ms. Angela M. Anderson, Chief Administrative Officer
The Ida B.
Wells Community Academy
We Are a Quality Equal Education and Employment Opportunity Institution
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