The African-Centered College Preparatory Academy is not just a school, but the result of 24 years of hard work and dedication by the Kansas City, Mo., community. The school offers innovative, college prep instruction to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade according to the principles of Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba. However, the story began much earlier.
African-centered education in the Kansas City Public Schools began in 1988 with the J.S. Chick African Shule, providing a unique cultural education to nearly 350 students. Since then the program has evolved into a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade program servicing more than 920 students.
The latest evolution of the program, African-Centered Prep, continues the strong cultural aspects of the existing program with a revamped curriculum and the support services offered to all KCPS students. The school is led by a principal and advised by a Council of Elders (Wazuri) that offers input and guidance on every aspect of school operations.
Dr Carl Robinson
Dr. Carl Robinson recently joined the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) as the Principal of African-Centered College Preparatory Academy earlyAugust 2013. “I look forward to working with the students and community of African-Centered College Preparatory Academy. It is a wonderful time to join the KCPS community as they embark upon the journey towards academic EXCELLENCE! I’m convinced that students, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders will work to transform Afro-Centric Preparatory Academy into one of the most academically and intellectually rigorous schools in the nation,” Dr. Robinson said. “Let us now proceed with our journey towards EXCELLENCE.”
Dr. Robinson is originally from New York City and has worked as an educator for 17 years. He has earned the following degrees: 1) Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Saint Mary College, 2) Masters Degree from Virginia State University, 3) Masters of Education Degree from Miami University, and 5) PhD from Miami University.
Dr. Robinson has taught as a special education teacher for Richmond Public Schools in, Richmond Virginia for the period of 1996-1999. Throughout the period of 2000-2004, he worked as a Doctoral Intern in the capacity of program director for the graduate school at Miami University under the leadership of the Associate Dean. In 2004-2005, Dr. Robinson taught at Miami University as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. He accepted a fulltime Assistant Professor Position at North Carolina Central University for the 2005-2006 school year and then accepted an opportunity to become a school administrator in Dayton, Ohio at Colin Powell Leadership Academy and Carter G. Woodson High School for the period of 2007-2009. Dr. Robinson has worked as an educational consultant for the past 4 years assisting schools around the country with various types of academic and cultural school improvement initiatives. In the area of educational research, Dr. Robinson has published on the topics of Afrocentric education and special education.
Principal Robinson will keep office hours on Monday-Thursday 9-10 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Please call (816)418-1075 or email@example.com to set an appointment.