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WELCOME TO ACADEMY PREP CENTER OF ST. PETERSBURG!
We are a nationally accredited nonprofit middle school that empowers students qualifying for need-based scholarships to become future community leaders through a rigorous academic program coupled with ongoing graduate support.
Many words have been spoken in recent days by politicians, community leaders, and citizens from every walk of life. Yet words are never enough to comfort those who grieve over continued injustice in our society – our hope is that those promises will inspire decisive action towards meaningful, long-lasting change. At Academy Prep, our commitment to examine and evolve our own policies, practices, and curriculum will be enhanced to ensure our school takes a leadership role in dismantling the blight of institutional racism that has affected our nation for far too long.
We recognize today as an opportunity for us to collectively rise to these challenges, work together in solidarity, and grow as an organization with the visibility and mission to lead the changes we know are possible in our society.
Academy Prep was founded in response to the intense educational inequality in St. Petersburg that deferred the hopes and dreams of talented young minds, and for 23 years we have equipped hundreds of scholars from this community with the strength, courage, and skills to be successful leaders and agents of change. However, we know we can, and will, strive to do even more as we re-assert our unwavering commitment to our scholars and our community. We are working to ensure Black and Brown voices continue to help guide the direction of the school. Our curriculum and programs will continue to be refined to better manifest our anti-racist stance and social justice focus, and professional development of faculty and staff will emphasize how to amplify our effectiveness and efficacy as we continue to serve the amazing South St. Petersburg community. Moreover, we will continue to partner with the leaders of the high schools our alumni attend to ensure they are provided an inclusive, safe, and culturally responsive educational experience.
Today marks the beginning of Academy Prep’s 2020-2021 school year. This year will certainly be remembered for the trials of COVID-19, distance learning, and the resonating demands for racial justice. Our desire is that our families and supporters recognize Academy Prep as a school that equips and empowers scholars with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to assert their voices as they mature into young men and women committed to challenging and eliminating the inequities in our society. That goal always has stood at the core of what Academy Prep represents. It will continue to guide us in acknowledgment, support, and love of every family we are so blessed to serve.
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