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Letter to the editor: SAFE Academy ends first year successfully

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Smith Academy for Excellence (SAFE) is an all-boys charter school committed to developing scholars holistically through a strong academic curriculum as well as a character education and service learning opportunities. Its first year was very successful.

The school, located downtown at St. John’s Church on Washington Boulevard, served young men in grades 6-9. Next year it will serve grades 4-10. SAFE will expand grade levels lower/higher each year until it is a K-12 school.

SAFE is committed to teaching boys in a way that meets their specific needs. Physically, boys’ brains develop in different ways than those of girls. Research has shown that single-gender schools provide an atmosphere supporting greater success of the student.

According to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, “The most profound difference between girls and boys is not in any brain structure per se, but rather in the sequence of development of the various brain regions.” Based on this research SAFE’s curriculum and teaching strategies are designed to develop young men into lifelong leaders.

SAFE was founded by Thomas Smith and his sons Corey and Cameron. Combined, they have 50 years of experience as educators. The faculty and staff are looking forward to next year.

Hans N. Sheridan, Ed.D

SAFE board president<.i>