The consistent underperformance of Black males requires that alternative educational approaches are researched and implemented, to significantly improve the life trajectory of Black male scholars. One viable option is the implementation of single-sex classrooms and schools, where teachers build positive relationships with Black male scholars and believe in their ability to succeed academically.
Single-sex schools often focus on building strong teacher-scholar and scholar-scholar relationships, which in many cases leads to an increased self-image for the scholars who learn in these environments. Relationship building is an essential tool in raising the achievement level of Black males in urban schools.
“What is vital to this struggle is the need for African American males to receive continuous reinforcement for academic progress and success.”
— Corbin & Pruitt 1999
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - That is the goals of true education."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
At Boys Lab, scholars will have exposure to a rigorous curriculum that is guaranteed and viable — guided by the Understanding by Design conceptual framework. Scholars will learn in an environment that focuses on the individual learning needs of each member of the class, where learning and teaching are personalized.
Scholars who enroll at Boys Lab are committing to participate in the Cohort Model, a three-year learning group, beginning in 4th grade, which allows the teacher to follow each child through critical benchmarks in their elementary years, preparing them for academic success and qualifying them for a successful transition to selective high schools.
Boys Lab curricula promise to be culturally relevant and responsive, which will reinvest boys in the educational process, leading to increased academic, social, and emotional realization.
“Addressing the educational, social, and cultural needs of Black males, through the implementation of emerging and promising pedagogical practices, may improve the scholastic attitudes of Black males, leading to improved self-perceptions as world citizens.”
— Glass 2017