In 2004, a group of educators, parents, community leaders and corporate partners, led by the One Hundred Black Men, Inc. opened the first Eagle Academy for Young Men in the South Bronx, NY. The Eagle Model, featuring parental involvement, academic rigor, mentoring, combined with extended day and summer programming was put into practice. The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx was the first single sex boys public school to open in New York City in approximately thirty years. David C. Banks, current President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation, was the founding Eagle Academy principal.
In 2005, the Eagle Academy Foundation was established to expand into other areas that were in need of quality education for inner city young men, provide professional development for Eagle teachers, administrators and those working to change the educational outcomes of urban young men and provide the necessary financial support to sustain these initiatives.
Eagle Academy Network of Public Schools
From this inaugural class of 115 9th graders, the Eagle Academy network has grown:
- The first Eagle Academy in the Bronx is housed in a state of the art $50 million facility, serving 650 scholars in grades 6-12;
- The second Eagle Academy opened in the Brownsville/Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn in 2008, with an inaugural class of 6th graders.
Eagle Ocean Hill serves 589 scholars in grades 6-12 and will graduate its first class in June of 2015;
- The third Eagle Academy in Southeast Queens welcomed students in 2010, currently serving 405 scholars in grades 6-10;
- At the invitation of Mayor Cory Booker, the fourth Eagle Academy opened in Newark, NJ in September 2012 and now serves 175 scholars in grades 6-8;
- In September 2013, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem opened its doors, and became the fifth school, now serving 132 scholars in 6th and 7th grades;
- In September 2014, Eagle Academy Staten Island opened as the sixth school in the Eagle network of schools, with its inaugural class of 62 scholars in 6th grade.
- Each Eagle Academy features parental engagement, academic rigor, college prep, extended day and Saturday programs, rituals, summer programs and mentoring -- all supported by the Eagle Academy Foundation.
Across the Eagle network, the six Eagle Academies serve 2,013 scholars in all five boroughs of New York City and Newark, New Jersey.
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