In 2009 a group of concerned citizens got together to talk about the educational disparities of the Black male. In the meeting the vision of Valor Leadership Academy was birthed. On Thursday, June 26th Valor Leadership Academy of Leadership, a tuition–free, single gender public charter school held a community meeting and celebration at the Legends Center on Soutel Dr. The meeting was held to discuss the vision of the school and the next steps to formulate an impact on the Jacksonville school system while providing a college prep education to the youth of the city.
The goal of the new school is to assist the students in becoming critical thinkers and life-long learners. Their listed priorities are a direct response to community concerns and the meeting shared their vision and informing the community at large about the vast plans underway. Targeted enrollment of the charter school is 175 students with a maximum enrollment of 225 students and their school schedule will mirror the Duval County academic calendar year . Valor 9th grade students will attend school from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and elementary students will be on campus from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Valor Academy Director of Community Engagement Ywana Allen welcomed the community to the event and advised, “Valor Leadership Academy staff will promote a holistic approach to learning and individual performance. Staff will be involved with the parents. We will visit the student’s homes and sit with the students and the parents to gage their long-term educational goals,” she said.
Instilling ethics early on, Valor students will participate in a trailblazer’s ceremony where students will understand the importance of the trailblazer jacket which they can earn based on accountability, pride and responsibility. Also, over time extracurricular programs will be added to the schedule.” Valor Academy is currently holding open-enrollment for grades 6th and 9th grades. Down the road Valor will enroll 7th and 10th graders and eventually will become a K-12 school. The school is located at 4819 Soutel Dr. For more information call 469-8195 or visit www.valoracademyjax.org.