Paige Academy’s educational Mission and lifestyle provides an environment that fosters individual worth as well as collective responsibility. This African-American philosophy promotes the following seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Paige Academy embraces the concept that a diverse student body enhances the quality of the academic and cultural experience
The school has an experienced, ethnically diverse staff and faculty, with teachers trained in early childhood and/or elementary education. This diversity is reflected in the number of different languages spoken at Paige Academy and is illustrated on the chart below:
Cultural resonance is educating students with an awareness or sensitivity that is consistent with the cultural life force of a particular community.
It is the Philosophy practiced at Paige Academy because it is a way of being in tune or in harmony with the people and their desire to enrich their institutions.
This resonance is based on a community’s social processes and values, interacting with ideologies that are commonly shared. It may be described metaphorically as a vibration of energy that is consistent with the culture of a particular community. Such resonance is felt deeply inside the community and emerges from the spiritual values and ways of knowing and interacting that are commonly shared.
At Paige Academy we practice Cultural Resonance and sensitivity to language and culture as it relates to African -American students, and the integration of a holistic approach to learning, flexibility, and leadership.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Children need to be directed toward a respect and value of all life. During the beginning stages of a child’s development, this is implemented in the child’s surroundings and first relationship with others (parents, extended family, and schooling.)
- To achieve this we have the following objectives:
- To provide infant care for babies between the ages of three months to twenty-months in as much of a family setting as possible, as well as a culturally and academically appropriate education to children in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
- To involve parents actively in an un-patronizing way in the life of the school.
- To provide an environment that fosters individual worth as well as collective responsibility.
To offer a value system that will respect and enhance the values and beliefs of the predominantly African American and the broader international community and their families.
- Nguzo Saba - Seven Principles of Kwanza. A Swahili language-based on an African-American centered value system giving meaning to the seven principles.
- Umoja – Unity: to work and learn together in an atmosphere of love and respect for self and others.
- Kujichagulia -Self-Determination: to help build minds geared for positive movement and for making dreams come true.
- Ujima - Collective Work and Responsibility: to struggle together to reach the goals we have set for ourselves and to conquer all obstacles.
- Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics: to pull together all of our resources to build a strong, beautiful school, both materially and ideologically.
- Nia - Purpose: to develop and substantiate a positive direction in which to guide and lead our children.
- Kuumba – Creativity: to expand and develop the creative potential inherent in all of us.
- Imani – Faith: to believe and have confidence in ourselves and our progress and to know that together we can build strong minds to make for a brighter tomorrow
Universal principles that Ron Karenga, founder of Kwanza, calls divine creativity principles that are timeless truths.
He maintains, “We live in a universe of law and order and there are principles by which all our life’s experiences, conditions, and events take place”(1998).
- A safe and accepting learning environment that nurtures teamwork, diversity, and the concept of the extended family.
- A welcoming and encouraging attitude toward African-centered languages and art forms, and an open minded attitude toward other cultural expressions.
- The implementation of the Seven Principles of Kwanza, and the presence of their cultural symbols in the daily life of the school.
- High academic standards.
- Committed and affirming teachers who are Black role models and value diversity in language.
- A holistic approach to education.
- Rules and guidelines that are fair for resolving conflicts among students, parents, and staff.
- A safe place to examine and combat racism in order to make the world a better place for all.
- The tenacity to define the school as an African-centered institution in the face of challenges from the larger society toward the notion of African-centered education.
- The involvement of parents in all aspects of the school.
- A special concern for the needs of African American boys.
- Teachers who are sensitive to the needs and learning styles of African-American and international students.
- An institution that provides on-going educational leadership; a place alumni hope to send their own children based on their desire to replicate their own learning experiences for their children.
*For a full explanation of our Guidelines, Philosophy, and Principles please contact us for a review of full documentation of our practices written in the June 2002 Dissertation for the University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus titled "Case Study of A Black Independent School: Reflections of Cultural Resonance in an Elementary and Pre-School Setting" by Dr. Angela Paige Cook.