The "Academic Academy" located in the South Bronx is a unique, warm and highly reliable educational environment specifically designed to provide middle and high school academic and emotional support for students who have been retained in the eighth grade in New York City Public Schools in Community School District # 9.
This academy was developed and is coordinated by W. Calvin Anderson. The Academic Academy staff and administration rigorously receives ongoing literacy training from the National Center for Education and the Economy’s (NACELLE) "Ramp-Up Reading Comprehensive Program". Other unique features of the Academic Academy are that:

* Students attend school with only those students who have experienced being retained in eighth grade. This allows for fewer adverse peer pressures and motivational distractions.

* Students who develop a true readiness-to-learn on standard academic and social levels use New York City’s cultural and educational resources as part of their campus and curriculum to portfolio highly competitive research projects. I.e. Museum of Natural History for science, National Black Theatre in Harlem for English Language Arts exposure, host and visit contemporary authors and interact with bilingual organizations including "Espirte", business leaders, government agencies including the NYS Legislator’s Office in the NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Office and leaders including the Bronx Borough President Carrion’s Office, and chambers of commerce Greater NY Chamber of Commerce (GNYCC) and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) for workforce information and summer employment

* Students also communicate with other students across the nation including the King Middle School in Dorchester Massachusetts to investigate their peer’s abilities to approach educational mandates like Goals 2000, the current Bush administration’s HR1 Bill also know as the "Leave No Child Left Behind" legislation etc. as new American educational performance standards. Students also are encouraged to comment on their current attitudes about the pressures and if possible ways for developing a new culture which will make lifelong learning fun, practical and more relevant to their daily lives and futures.




Spring Recess: March 25-April 8, 2002

April 8: Math, Science, English, Social Studies assignments due.