Current national data shows that (minority) males are statistically behind their female counterparts in educational obtainment. This is evident within Shelby City Schools and City University Schools of Liberal Arts. Along with national reports, City University’s in-house review also revealed that African-American boys are more likely not to be academically engaged at the level of their counterparts.
City University School Boys Preparatory (City University Boys Prep), an entity of the educational arm of The Influence1 Foundation, proposes to meet the need of public education as well as the demand for an alternative institution committed to secondary preparation.
Created as a college preparatory middle school with an emphasis on the (educational, social, and psychological) development of male scholars, and operated as a Center of Excellence for Student Development, City University Boys Prep will serve to benefit Memphis and its community of students. This effort is enhanced by its collaboration with the parent school, City University School of Liberal Arts. This union will ensure the efforts to build a curricular foundation to better prepare its scholars for transition into secondary education and later post-secondary institutions.
City University Boys Prep will serve a potentially neglected population of students from low-performing elementary and middle schools that may not be able or eligible to transfer to an optional school with a college preparatory program. City University Boys Prep will provide male scholars full access to a diverse offering of courses, coupled with a curriculum that enables and empowers young men with the abilities to achieve success in an academically rigorous environment and within a socially engaging community.
Students who enter City University School Boys Preparatory in the sixth grade and remain until the end of their eighth grade year will establish a strong foundation in core academic subjects such as reading/language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, foreign language, technology, the arts, citizenship and leadership, as well as, social and extracurricular activities. Led by an experienced team of educators, our boys receive a quality educational experience—inside and outside the classroom.