Maya Angelou Academy at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center
The Maya Angelou Academy (MAA) provides onsite educational programming at New Beginnings Youth Development Center. MAA is operated by the See Forever Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages the Maya Angelou Public Charter schools in the District.
Many MAA students come to New Beginnings with a history of challenges that have hindered their prior academic progress. Upon entering New Beginnings, the average MAA student tests at the fourth- to fifth- grade level in English and math, and has earned only a few credits toward graduation. At least half of all MAA students have special needs, and most have experienced multiple failures in traditional school.
The school’s curriculum is designed to help students overcome challenges to learning, acquire credits toward graduation, and build the academic skills necessary for long-term success.
As part of its nationally-recognized program, MAA offers GED and SAT prep classes, computer skills courses, college tours, and innovative Saturday enrichment programs in areas ranging from law to yoga. Students receive assistance with academic placement prior to leaving New Beginnings, and the school provides follow-up services once youth return to their home schools.
MAA earned full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in Spring 2011. The report referred to MAA as a “model” school, one of the best it had seen.