‘Black to School: Here’s a List of Several Reputable African-Centered Schools in the U.S.

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Across the country, children everywhere are seeing their summer vacations ending, only to have them return to school for another year of education. In the case of Melanoid children, many of them are denied the opportunities to access a respectful education that will enable them to become well-rounded and competitive adults in the “real world” (after high school). Listed below are several educational institutions that teach an African-Centered curriculum, which is extremely critical for our children to have as it builds a strong cultural foundation for themselves in addition to them receiving the conventional worldly education/skills as well.

1. Marcus Garvey School (Los Angeles)

School Type: Co-ed & Pre-K/Elementary Private School

Head of School: Dr. Anyim C. Palmer

Website: http://mgsla.org/

2. NationHouse (Washington, D.C.)

School Type: Grade School

Head of School: Kwame Agyei Akoto

Website: http://www.nationhouse.org/

3. Timbuktu Academy (Detroit)

School Type: K-8

Head of School: Cha-Rhonda Edgerson

Website: http://www.timbuktuacademy.org/

4. Sankofa Academy (Houston)

School Type: Grade School

Head of School: Toni Imani Fisher

Website: http://sisterhoodcreations.com/sankofa_academy

5. Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools/Barbara A. Sizemore/DuSable Leadership Academy (Chicago)

School Type(s): K-12

Head of School: Frank Davis

Website: http://www.bsics.org/

6. Freedom Home Academy

School Type: Private Home School (Based in Chicago)

Head of School: Marcus Kline

Website: http://www.fhaintl.org/index.php

7. Little Sun People (Brooklyn)

School Type: Preschool

Head of School: Fela Barclift

Website: http://www.littlesunpeople.com/

8. ILE OMODE SCHOOL (Oakland)

School Type: Pre K-8

Head of School: Jahi Awakoaiye

Website: http://www.ileomode.org/draft1/index.htm

9. Imhotep Institute Charter High School (Philadelphia)

School Type: High School

Website: http://imhotepcharter.org/website/

 10. Kamali Academy (New Orleans)

School Type: K-12

Head of School: Dr. Samori Camara

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45 thoughts on “‘Black to School: Here’s a List of Several Reputable African-Centered Schools in the U.S.

  1. dj says:

    I wish we had one on every corner just like we have a church, liquor store, or Chinese/Arab store on every corner….lol

    On another note though I think that education should start at the home first. It is much needed to have African Centered Schools but I think it is also important that black parents stop being lazy and take the time to invest in their young child’s mind and development when at home after school and on the weekends (as well as summer time too). I know we be tired from work but you know we just have to sacrifice and do it.

    The internet has spoiled us! In just a few mouse clicks we can have ANY KIND OF INFORMATION at our disposal. How about in addition to the African centered schools we use the internet to teach our children as well as ourselves about our rich and untold heritage that is waiting for the masses of us to claim so that we can usher in a new wave of consciousness and action in our broken communities.

    1. Tadar says:

      Parents of anything or being that live in social orders are responsible for the education of their posterity.

      That picture is played out every second of every day on this globe called Earth.

      We, “Westernized” humans have slipped away from that needed element to teach, train, and rear our children to be human beings, becoming the beings that we are sent here to be: His representative agents to His creation, as we “till and keep” His creation (garden).

    2. Natasha says:

      Let’s not forget that, in some cases, it’s not a matter of laziness. How can a parent with a 5th grade education teach/prepare a child for middle/high school. As we focus on future generations, we should NOT be neglectful of the minds that came before. We should also invest in classes/schools/seminars for adult education. I agree that education starts at home, but, sometimes, homes need help. Instead of judging it as laziness, how about those with the resources & knowledge SHARING their skills. Maybe his/her parent works multiple jobs to keep them clothed and fed. The lack of involvement isn’t a result of laziness; it’s the result of bone and soul-deep weariness. Offer your services. Volunteer to tutor, since you feel so parentally superior. But your general assertion that laziness is to blame is not only ludicrous, but reflects the residual psychology of an African mind held too long in American captivity.

      1. Garreth Bayethe says:

        i agree with you, for people to be teachers they must know what and how to teach otherwise we have these bad cycles in families. The more the so called “woke” volunteer and figure out how to spread investment in community and pro Afrocentric education the better. Less judging and more education

        1. Q. Smith says:

          Kamali Academy offers classes for parents.

      2. Orlando Coombs says:

        Aint no excuse for a parent not teaching children the importance of education. Both Ben Carson and Les Brown had 3rd grade educations but taught them boys the importance of an education. Plenty of black folks in this country including people I know personally had parents with limited education bit made damn sure they got educated. My grandmother didn’t have much education but made sure my Mom and her two sisters got educated. We got a total aggregate income of over 1 trillion dollars and 1.3 trillion in spending power, aint no excuse for us not building and financing our own schools. Cause I’m looking at a small list right now but much more needs to be done. But I aint accepting no excuses from black people. 1) Cause I know black people can do better cause many of are doing better. 2) Aint no excuse for any black child nor adult to be illiterate and uneducated in the 21 century in this high tech world and 3) Don’t tell me that black people don’t have money when Barack Obama visits View Park, a large affluent black enclave in L.A. to raise funds for his 2012 campaign for presidency in June of that year. Lets be truthful. Ain’t nobody going to a place where it ain’t no money to raise funds for a campaign. That doesn’t happen. You aint got no money aint nobody paying you no mind. Barack Obama ain’t stupid. He went there cause he knows that black people have economic muscle to elect and finance political candidates. By the way, View Park is part of an area known as Black Beverly Hills. This affluent black enclave in L.A. is the former home of Tom Bradley, former first black mayor of L.A. who spent 20 years in the mayor’s office, Ray Charles, Debbie Allen, and currently Nicki Minaj, Loretta Divine, and other high esteemed and successful black people have homes there. And by the way, the average family household income is $159,000 a year. So don’t tell me what blacks don’t have money for, I’m not hearing that.

        1. Orlando Coombs says:

          Corrections, Ben Carson and Les Brown had mamas with 3rd grade educations but taught them boys the importance of education.

        2. Richard says:

          There are some amazing private schools in this country. I’ve taught in some of them. The academic and extra-curricular opportunities are amazing in these schools and they serve the mostly white population well to help the students at or ahead of the curve. Best technologies, best resources, etc.

          Some of these schools are parochial schools. Schools started by churches. With the number of black mega-churches, why aren’t these churches doing more for their communities?

          I am a teacher of color wanting to share my programming, engineering, cancer research background. Public schools are dysfunctional and I have spent the past 13 or so years avoiding them. Every year I search to find reputable, established black high schools that would be interested in my talents and each year, I find none or in public school districts that I prefer not teaching.

          I agree. Too few in our community value education. Or so it seems. I, more than anything else, will help generations to pull themselves out of the pit of despair. Where are the movements demanding that our kids get better education? Where are the outcries? I had a conversation with a seasoned technology teacher, who only 6-years ago, explained that his district had NO computer-related courses. What?! This was only 6-years ago! Of course, the district, served mostly colored students. I asked him why. He said that the district as a whole, the entire leadership, just didn’t think having technology-related courses was important at the time….how discouraging.

          If anyone knows of programs, online, educational that serve mostly students of color, let me know. I would love to teach/show our children the wonderful opportunities that exist.

          1. Providence says:

            Feel free to come to California, there are many Stem-related programs by organizations such as California Alliance of African American Educators, among others:http://www.caaae.org/

          2. Clare says:

            It may be worth considering opening a black homeschool academy. These academies generally operate inside large church buildings (for very little rent), holding classes for home-schoolers anywhere from one day a week to three days a week. On their days off from school, kids either follow their own home-school curriculum, do online classes, pursue their extracurricular interests, or even work a part-time job.

            Mostly-white homeschool academies in the Atlanta area (Heritage Academy, Artios Academy) do quite well, and the kids who graduate from there are recruited by colleges all over the country. Why doesn’t the black community do the same?

          3. Clare says:

            Could it be that the administration was concerned that the computers would be damaged, stolen, or destroyed?

            When I taught in the inner-city of Atlanta, our school was provided dozens of brand new computers for each classroom. A year later, the ones that could still work were locked up in a storage room. The rest either disappeared or were damaged beyond repair by the students. They seemed to take pride in seeing how much destruction they could wreak, as well as how much schoolwork they could avoid.

            In order to benefit from a good education, it has to be something the kids value to begin with. As long as they view educational pursuits as “acting white” and constantly tease and call fellow hard-working kids “Steve Urkel” and “Oreo”, no amount of money will ever fix the problem.

      3. Shavaughn Plater says:

        I totally agree!

    3. Bruce says:

      Dig that’s the purpose of an African centered curriculum.

  2. El Guapo says:

    Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti
    Akoben Institue
    Atlanta, GA

  3. Toshi says:

    Does anyone know of any African centered schools or good schools for black children in the Portsmouth, Va area

    1. dlight says:

      Village Academy in Norfolk also Kahlu Academy both on 35th street.

  4. Impress Ginou says:

    None in NYC?

  5. Pianki says:

    In the 90’s I traveled to many all black high performing academically successful schools. I would sit in the class rooms and video tape what was going on. After spending one week in the class rooms video taping Marcus Garvey in South Central L.A on Slauson Ave. I came to the conclusion it was the best I’ve seen at that time. Only concern I have with African Centered teaching is there needs to be an economic component either in high end profession or commerce pursuits being taught too. This should begin as early as the 6th grade. I have developed a lecture where I sit with parents and go over the things they should be doing to assure their child is well prepared for higher education. This should begin as early as the 3rd grade. Last discussion I had with a parent her son is in the 1st grade. Black Children should be directed into certain high wage and salary professions. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Math fields. I am happy to see some of these schools are still going on. At one point CIBI had approx. 70 schools across the US. Good luck to them all.

  6. anniebejones says:

    I live in the south and would like to start one. I currently homeschool but feel I am not teaching enough of my heritage. Does anyone now how to atleast start it in my home.

  7. Ma'at says:

    I am in Atlanta and the one preschool has a waiting list. I’ve considered homeschool but would prefer the socialization attending school outside the home provides.

    1. Q says:

      Hi. I am looking for one in Atlanta. What is the name of the one you found?

  8. Ms Hughes says:

    I’m with child, due in July 2016. I would love assistance on locating a reputable African centered school in the St Louis area.

    I agree with most commentors: education starts and to me ends at home. I want my little girl to know her rich culture (something I never really learned whole young) and western culture/history to be prepared for the future.

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

    1. M. Lewis says:

      Hi Ms. Hughes,
      I am also in the St. Louis area. Did you happen to find a good Afrikan Centered child care center here? I started the Kamali Academy home school , but I have to go back to work soon. Any recommendations?

      Thank you!

  9. Mia says:

    Thank you for this!!!!!! I am pregnant and I want my baby to go to school with children that look like him and have teachers that a reflection of me and his father.

    It is REALLY HARD to find schools with black instructions, majority of teachers these days are middle age white women and I am nervous about my son being marginalized and concerned about the subconscious affects of being educated exclusive by white women. I am willing to invest in my baby and pay tuition for proper education, I just wish we had more options.

  10. Sekou says:

    Ujamaa Shule, preschool through high school, is the oldest independent Afrikan centered school in the United States. They celebrated 48 years of providing education with Afrikan culture.

    1. Sekou says:

      Ujamaa is in Washington, DC

  11. Dave says:

    Peace and good evening family is there an African centered private school in the San Antonio Austin Texas area

  12. Cordell Smith says:

    Like African micro loans. Fund African based independent private schools. Interested in Philadelphia PA. area

  13. Jennifer says:

    Any in sc

  14. Shmetrius says:

    Peace and blessings to all. I’m in Jacksonville, Fl and looking for African centered education. My daughter will be starting preschool next year and I want her starting off right.

  15. Ronnie says:

    Any recommendations for a school in Riverside, Ca?

  16. Monica says:

    Hello! Peace and blessings. Is anyone aware of schools, homeschool groups, co-ops. Meet-ups etc. in the Charlotte NC area?

    1. Lachandra Fite says:

      theres a group SAHM in charlotte i used to be apart of on meetup dot com

  17. Jasper says:

    I’m looking for a good school were my kid can learn drive by shootings, drug dealing,and possibly racist tendencies,please help me .

    1. Samuel says:

      Take them to the Klan rallies you attend and they should be just fine and have them read regular White American history.

  18. Janice says:

    Mansion Day School in Columbus, OH
    http://www.mansiondayschool.org

  19. Justin says:

    I am actually in the process of opening my own institution. I am from NY, but have relocated to Ohio where I plan to open this center. I am still very young in years and my experience in trying something like this is next to non. But I am a firm believer in education and the uplifting and guidance of the black future, our children. So if anyone on this thread has any tips or can point me in the right directions, it would be appreciated.

    1. Providence says:

      Good for you, keep up the good work! Try this for curriculum ideas: http://www.kamaliacademy.com/onlinecurriculum/

  20. A. Monet says:

    Greetings, is there anyone who knows of an African centered home school in or near Pearland, TX?

    Thank you!

  21. DeAndra says:

    Anyone know any daycare or preschools in the Charlotte NC area?

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