Ida B. Wells Community Academy
An Introduction to Educational Quality
Novi quid ex Africa!
"Everything new comes out of Africa!" – Pliny
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's Educational Mission
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy will open its doors on August 30,
1999 as an independent, non-exclusive public Community School. Its administrative
offices are at 395 East Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, Ohio 443410-2352.
The Academy itself will be located at the East Akron Salvation Army Post
at 1104 Johnston Street, Akron, Ohio 44305-2114.
The Academy's mission is to educate young people (Kindergarten to 12th
grade) in a holistic educational atmosphere that is personalized, problem-posing
and problem-solving, with an educational reform emphasis. The Academy's
curriculum is centered in the humanities, natural sciences, language arts,
social studies (civics), the arts and African and world culture studies.
This mission emphasizes passing standard proficiency tests and reuniting
in a fully holistic fashion traditional subject areas and learning activities.
The object is to have students over time be better able to understand the
interrelationship of one subject area to another and education to their
present and future lives.
Who Will the Ida B. Wells Community Academy Serve?
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy (hereing referred to as the Academy)
is sponsored by the Ohio State Department of Education and established
in Akron, Ohio, by the Task Force for Quality Education. It is designed
to serve African American, White, Native American and Latin American students
residing within the Akron metropolitan area. The Academy addresses its
curriculum and educational services also to the needs of all youths eligible
to attend the Akron Public Schools. Recently, however, the Academy learned
of the possibility of enrolling students through "Open Enrollment" who
reside outside the Akron School District provided their home school districts
agrees. Admission is FREE. Busing is to be provided by the Akron Public
School District. In the event that does not happen, the Academy will contract
with a private transportation service. The Academy's decision to maintain
a low 15 to 1 student to teacher ratio will strengthen its efforts to increase
these students educational performance while at the same time diversifying
educational content. The Academy's intent is to eventually serve students
from Kindergarten to High School. In its first year, which begans in August
1999, the Academy has enrolled only students in kindergarten through the
2nd grade; in subsequent years, the Academy will add on average one grade
per year during its initial five years in operation.
The number of students the Ida B. Wells Community Academy can serve
||Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
| Year Two
||Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
| Year Three
||Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
| Year Four
||Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
| Year Five
||Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Students will be admitted by lottery it there is an over demand on space
at any grade level. Students, for whom space
is not available, will be placed on a waiting list and admitted as
space becomes available. Each succeeding year, enrollment preference will
be given to continuing Academy students and their siblings.
Why Should Parents Enroll their Children in the Ida B. Wells Community
The 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 ratings
will influence parents to enroll their child(ren) in the Ida B. Wells Community
Academy. Furthermore, the Ida B. Wells Community Academy asks parents to
participate in meaningful activities throughout the Ida B. Wells Community
Academy's start-up and operational phases. These activities include teaching,
administrative and governance functions, committee assignments of various
sorts, e.g., discipline, curriculum, admission, faculty hiring.
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's Educational Program and Goals
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy provides an education that is nurturing,
intellectually stimulating and intended to imbue in its students a mutual
respect for learning proficiency, competence and also 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 and neighborhood. Most importantly, the Ida B. Wells
Community Academy intends to establish a functional Learning Community
and educational environment that is supported by a curriculum that relies
on the learners' experiences at home, in their neighborhood, and in the
society in general.
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy is structured to produce measurable
performance outcomes in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and
the natural sciences. The Ida B. Wells Community 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.
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy will frequently 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 local norms. The Ida B. Wells Community Academy regularly assesses
teacher performance, learning/teaching practices and obstacles, student
rights and responsibilities, student government and parental and community
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's Educational Philosophy
The Ida B. Wells Community Academy's educational philosophy emphasizes
a program structure and instructional design with these essential ingredients
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 curriculum 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 the late Carter G. Woodson's
caution in his the Mis-education of the Negro (1933):
Small classes that are interdisciplinary and culturally integrative; these
classes are designed to enhance at all grade levels the students' learning
Team-teaching emphasis that stresses, where appropriate, using parents,
interns, assistant teachers, retired teachers, and professionals as part-time
Individualized instruction, learning through doing (an active vs. passive
Meeting students where they are culturally, socially and academically and
then moving them to higher educational levels;
Self learning projects that are student or teacher initiated and conducted
first in-school and later, based on student maturity, assigned as out-of-school
An interrelatedness model that allows students to experience how one set
of basic skills directly relates to other basic skills, i.e., reading to
mathematics, geography to social sciences, mathematics to science,
culture to history, and how all these relate to being educated in general.
|"The element of race does not enter here. It is merely a matter of
exercising common sense in approaching people through their environment
in order to deal with conditions as they are rather than as you would like
to see them or imagine that they are. There may be a difference in method
of attack, but the principle remains the same. . . . History does not furnish
a case of the elevation of a people by ignoring the thought and aspirations
of the people thus served."
Most children (and most educated Americans regardless of race) have
not been properly exposed to the history, culture and aspirations of the
African in America, the largest non-white 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 Ida B. Wells Community Academy is designed
to correct this cultural inequity by infusing curricular diversity that
will not exclude learning about other ethnic or racial groups, particularly
Native Americans, Latinos and Asian 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 Ida
B. Wells Community Academy to offer a well-balanced education where academic
skills are taught along with mutual respect and cooperation. In this way
we undergird our efforts to keep the American experiment alive.
For More Information
Call the Office: 330.376.4915 OR Send a FAX to:
Call the Academy: 330.376.5130 OR Send a FAX
Send e-Mail to: IBWCA@netscape.netOR
We Are An Equal Education and Employment Opportunity Program!