Global Scholars Academy (GSA) in northeast-central Durham has received a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to operate its extended school day for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The K-8 laboratory school’s extended school day – from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. – is a key component of its educational model. GSA is a charter school that specializes in educating vulnerable inner-city youth who live in dangerous residential environments. The extended schedule enables the school to add a variety of academic and social interventions that research shows significantly improves students’ chances for school and life success.
“Research shows that successful students typically participate in some type of mediating institution, such as the YMCA, as part of their daily routine and are embedded in personal networks outside their own neighborhoods,” said GSA Head of School Agatha Brown. “Our school is serving as that mediating institution for our students and exposing them to opportunities and networks far beyond those they would could access otherwise.”
GSA’s longer school day offers programs and activities that enhance students’ global awareness, financial literacy, social skills, and health and wellness. Intervention specialists work with students who struggle academically. One group of students plans to launch a broadcast news program on community access television. The extended day also offers opportunities to engage neighborhood and family members. Dinner and Dialog with Dads, for instance, invites fathers who live outside of their child’s home to spend time with them at school.
Global Scholars Academy is a tuition-free, year-round, extended day laboratory charter school that works to improve the educational and life outcomes of its students. It was created by a partnership between Union Baptist Church in Durham and the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. For more information, visit www.globalscholarsacademy.org.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF’s U.S. priority places are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans and internationally in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.