Why Statesmen?



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Mission - Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys


The mission of the Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys is to create a boy-friendly, pedagogy-informed academic environment within which young men are equipped with the academic skills, social competencies, and personal development necessary to navigate life challenges, attend and complete the college of their choice, and return to become the premier agents of social change within and for the communities they serve.

A Program for the Head, the Heart, and the Hands

We talked to your sons - over 500 of them. They had lots to say about what they experience in schools every day. What would happen to these young men if a school was designed with them in mind; where the school day was structured for them, where the curriculum was chosen for them, and most importantly, where that instruction was planned and delivered with them in mind? Boys sometimes feel the need to join gangs because they do not feel deeply known and unconditionally accepted. In a gang, good or bad, they find safety, role models, status and respect. Additionally, the gang can provide a mission that they work collectively to achieve within a group that will support them in getting it done. Why not do that at school where their gifts and talents can be directed towards a worthy cause. That is what makes Statesman unique. The program outlined above is designed to do just that. It is a pedagogy-focused relationship-centered school environment designed to give these young men what they need to excel - A Tight Knit Crew and A Worthy Cause - a cause beyond that which can be superficially found elsewhere.



What do the boys think?

The difference between Statesmen and my last school is the staff. Here, they really push me to try my hardest at everything I do. I feel supported every day and know they will not give up on me. Learning Math, STEM and English is great, but I really love learning my own history in our Kings 101 class. I love my school since the day I started and look forward to spending my time here until I leave for high school.

— Harley Mitchell, Founding 5th grade student