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W.E.B. DuBOIS ACADEMY. One Pride. One Brotherhood.


To engage, eliminate barriers, and empower each young man to achieve excellence.

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W.E.B. DuBois Academy hires top administrators to help lead the school.

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Gheen’s Academy is announced as the temporary home for the 2018-19 school year, with plans to move to a permanent location for the 2019-20 school year.

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The Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington presented a gift to the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Louisville.

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The W.E.B. DuBois Academy is partnering with the Campus Barber Shop for the new program "Cuts for Kings."

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Principal Gunn addresses common misperceptions in the community about the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy.

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The W.E.B. DuBois Academy is a new, innovative middle school in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) opening during the 2018-19 school year. The DuBois Academy’s inaugural class will consist of 157 sixth-grade students, and in subsequent years, it will grow to become a sixth- through eighth-grade school serving 450 students. Each student will receive a personal device (Chrome Book or iPad), and we will be a 1:1 school for technology.

The DuBois Academy is open to all male students and our innovative learning environment will offer an Afrocentric and multicultural curriculum that is both rigorous and engaging. While many schools focus on academic achievement as the sole measure of success, we believe both academic and social emotional excellence are needed to raise our young lions into the kings they were meant to become. We guarantee each student will demonstrate growth becoming more adept mathematicians, readers, writers, and speakers, while also becoming better role models, listeners, and leaders in their homes and communities.

The pedagogical practices of the DuBois Academy draw from evidence-based research and culturally responsive teaching to actively engage our students as they grow as learners and self-aware young men. The core tenets emphasize literacy, numeracy, social sciences, technology usage, and speaking a foreign language. In addition, we show P.R.I.D.E. by focusing on leadership attributes, such as perseverance, resilience, initiative, discipline and empathy.

Student Highlights

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Be a member of a small learning community where each young lion is developed into a future leader and king with the ability to achieve greatness.

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Learn social, emotional, and essential skills, such as responsibility, teamwork, compassion, and civic duty, through our belief in brotherhood and community.

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Grow academically with specialized instruction in literacy, numeracy, and social sciences through an Afrocentric curriculum in an innovative learning environment.

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Engage in experiences to help explore what personal, collegiate, and professional journey you would like to embark on after high school.


I was born to achieve greatness.
I will not be defined by my mistakes, but my willingness to accept correction to learn and grow.
My greatness will be a result of my work ethic, mentorship, and support.
I will achieve all of my goals.
I will be accountable for my actions and responsible to positively impact my community.
I was born to achieve greatness, and I will determine the man I become.


Photo of Mr. Robert E. Gunn Jr., Principal

Robert E. Gunn Jr.

Principal Gunn began his teaching career in 2002 as a Teach For America corps member in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined JCPS in 2005 as a social studies teacher at Conway Middle School. Following six successful years as a classroom teacher, he was selected to serve as an assistant principal at Olmsted Academy North, a middle school for males. Next, he proudly served as the principal of Foster Traditional Academy and Byck Elementary prior to being named the first principal of the W.E.B. DuBois Academy.

Principal Gunn is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Bellarmine University. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Earlham College as well as two master's degrees:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching from Lindenwood University (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership and Administration from Bellarmine University (M.A.)

Principal's Message

It is my honor to serve as principal of W.E.B. DuBois Academy as we embark on an exciting and un-precedented journey in Louisville. Without question, our school will become a beacon of hope and success and a model of excellence! As a father, I believe each and every one of our sons was born to achieve greatness. That said, I also understand reaching great heights is not meant to be easy. We will teach and promote such characteristics as grit, responsibility, teamwork, respect, compassion, and leadership to strengthen school culture and aid in the development of our young men. Every member of our school community, including myself, will be held to high expectations. We embody a mindset of growth. Regardless of the academic and/or behavioral level with which a student enters our doors, you can expect he will grow into a hard-working, respectful, and responsible young man. I am committed to being a positive role model, and I will work tirelessly to ensure your son receives a quality educational experience from a school community that believes every young man has the ability to be successful. If you are seeking a school environment with high expectations and a culture of excellence, the DuBois Academy is the right choice for your son!

It's a great day to be alive!

Robert Gunn Jr.


La’Tonya Frazier-Goatley

Assistant Principal

Amy Wells

Assistant Principal

Paula Cathey


Calvin Brooks Sr.


Heather Wright


Byron Kennedy

Attendance Clerk

Traci Coleman


Damon Smith


Denette Brown

S.T.E.M. Teacher

Jessica Dueñas

ECE Teacher

Tracey Dobbs

Records Clerk

Troy Duncan

ECE Teacher

Cathy Gunn

S.S. Teacher

Matthew Howell

Science Teacher

Shayla King

Math Teacher

Mary Leslie

ELA Teacher

Jahi Peake

Visual Arts Teacher

Carri Rogers

P.E. Teacher

Kelly Smith

Math Teacher

Kimberlee Washington

ELA Teacher

Lederrick Wesley

Music Teacher

Kevin Gunn

Youth Service Center Coordinator


Application window for the 2019-2020 school year is NOW CLOSED.

DuBois Days

W.E.B. DuBois Academy is excited to share our P.R.I.D.E. with the Louisville community on DuBois Days! DuBois Days tours allow individuals, businesses, and organizations to get a firsthand glimpse at how we’re raising our Young Lions into the kings they are meant to become through an innovative approach to education.

On DuBois Days, you will:

  • Discover why we begin each day with dedicated P.R.I.D.E. time.
  • Tour W.E.B. DuBois Academy, led by student ambassadors.
  • Visit classrooms to see students engaged in rigorous learning activities.
  • Learn more about our curriculum.
  • Hear real testimonials from parent ambassadors.
  • Learn how you can help create a brighter future for young men in Louisville through our Lions to Leaders program with Metro United Way

  • Organizations interested in booking a tour can email Telva Hogan below

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is the DuBois Academy only for African-American males?

    No, this program is open to all Jefferson County males entering the sixth grade.

    Why is this program just for males?

    This program is modeled after strategies used in other districts nationwide proven to impact the needs identified by our district’s data on the academic performance of males.

    Who was W.E.B. DuBois?

    William Edward Burghardt DuBois was one of the cofounders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, and Pan-Africanist as well as a successful author, writer, and editor.

    What is different about the DuBois Academy?

    This program offers an advanced and rigorous curriculum presented through the lens of African-American history and culture while using culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies and meeting the common core standards.

    Will students receiving special education services be allowed to attend?

    Yes, all interested males entering the sixth grade are encouraged to apply.

    How will acceptance into the program be determined?

    Due to the rising response of applicants, we have reformed the admissions process and enrollment is now determined through a lottery. A lottery process ensures all young men have equitable access to W.E.B. DuBois Academy. All applicants that have submitted an application by December 19, 2018 will be entered into the lottery. Following the lottery, parents/families will be notified of their son's acceptance or waitlist status.

    Am I able to complete an application for a child of whom I do not have custody?

    Yes, you may fill out an application for a student; however, the parent or legal guardian must sign off on the application.

    Will the program offer English as a Second Language (ESL) services?

    Yes, ESL services will be offered if a student has that need.

    Are applicants required to be on free/reduced-priced meals to apply?

    No, any and all interested males from any socioeconomic background entering the sixth grade may apply.

    Is there a dress code?

    Yes, all young scholars are expected to wear a uniform consisting of a navy sports coat, a white button-down shirt, a neck tie, and khaki pants.

    Where is the W.E.B. DuBois Academy located?

    4425 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40213