W.E.B. DuBOIS ACADEMY. One Pride. One Brotherhood.
To engage, eliminate barriers, and empower each young man to achieve excellence.
The W.E.B. DuBois Academy is a new, innovative middle school in the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District 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 (Chromebook 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 that 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.
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.
Learn social, emotional, and essential skills, such as responsibility, teamwork, compassion, and civic duty, through our belief in brotherhood and community.
Grow academically with specialized instruction in literacy, numeracy, and social sciences through an Afrocentric curriculum in an innovative learning environment.
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.
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.)
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.
The application window closed on December 15th. In all, we received 211 student applications, however, our program capacity is 150. We will begin mailing out acceptance letters beginning Monday, January 29th.
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?
All interested students will have to complete the application process in order to be considered for admittance to the program. A process including a scoring rubric will be used by an appointed committee to ensure fair consideration for all applicants.
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
Gheen’s Academy will be the temporary home for the 2018-19 school year, with plans to move to a permanent location for the 2019-20 school year.4425 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40213