African-Centered College Preparatory Academy
AC Prep provides a unique college preparatory curriculum that is consistent with KCPS, but strives to exceed its mandates due to our school’s higher level of expectation and challenge. AC Prep stays in-tune with the distinctive foundation of cultural awareness that is important to the success of students in urban areas.
We focus on college readiness as well as teaching the rich history of African and African-American people and culture to give students the opportunity to drive their own success. Research shows that when students knows their heritage, they are more likely to take pride in their performance and demonstrate improved behavior. The teaching of one’s history develops a child’s self-awareness and lends itself to a clearer understanding of what should be expected in the future.
Along with a rigorous college prep academic curriculum, AC Prep teaches principals of Ma’at and the Nguzo Saba focusing on self-esteem, empowerment, responsible citizenship, along with the classical views of traditional African society.
Develop a life-long love of learning and leadership
Every day, our goal is to provide a culture where students can develop a life-long love of learning. As a one-to-one school, every student at AC Prep has his/her own technology device, allowing teachers to use innovative teaching to bring lessons to life. Students receive ongoing mentoring from an early age to develop key skills to become tomorrow’s community leaders.
Activities to make school fun and challenging
Community partnerships are very important at AC Prep. Organizations support our school by providing volunteers who assist with programs and activities to help make school both fun and challenging for all of our students.
Middle School experiences
Middle School students have the opportunity to experience a wide-range of activities and school events, including middle school sports. Sports include cross country, track, and more.
- Cultural Arts:
- Visual Arts
- Student Council
- Detroit/Motown Performance
- STEAM Makers Room
- Pylons Gifted Program
- Middle School Sports
- Mothers & Muffins
- Dad’s Breakfast
- Kwanzaa Assembly
- Kwanzaa Market
- Kindergarten Graduation
- Ancestor’s Day
- Black Star Steam Line Project
- In-house Spelling Bee
- Science Fair
- Swamp Eco-System Project
AC Prep Purpose
Along with a rigorous college prep academic curriculum, AC Prep teaches principals of Ma’at and the Nguzo Saba focusing on self-esteem, empowerment and responsible citizenship, along with the classical views of traditional African society.
- Control of thoughts and actions.
- Devotion of purpose.
- Having faith in the ability of your teacher to teach you the truth, and faith in yourself to understand and use the truth.
- Be free from resentment under the experience of persecution or wrong.
- Develop the ability to know the difference between right and wrong and real and unreal.
Nguzo Saba Values:
- Umoja: Unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia: Define, name, create and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima: Build and maintain our community together.
- Ujamaa: Build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and profit from them together.
- Nia: Make our collective job building and developing our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba: Do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani: Believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
A.C. Prep Mission
- To provide all students with a sense of purpose (NIA)
- To instill a belief that all students can learn and become productive successful members of society
- To foster high standards of educational performance
- To provide an intensive College Preparatory Curriculum
- To infuse through the study and instruction of students the rich history and contributions of African and African-American people and culture
- To enable students to become aware of the relationship of the past to the present and future
- To help students to understand their time (Historical Chronology) and space (location) in the learning environment
- To equip students with the ability to academically see themselves as the focal point in learning
- To assist students in becoming leaders and contributors to the social, economic, and political structures of our society
A.C. Prep Vision
Our vision is to ensure that every student receives a quality education, with a strong cultural emphasis. We are committed to ensuring that we prepare our students to be college and/or career ready, so they will be able to compete in our global society. We will also teach our curriculum in a way that fosters a strong sense of self, through African-centered cultural values.