THE EAGLE ACADEMY FOUNDATION

THE EAGLE MISSION
The Eagle Academy Foundation develops and supports a network of all-male, grades 6 through 12, college-preparatory schools in challenged, urban communities. We educate and mentor young men into future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement, and community service, and we promote these principles nationally.
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The Eagle Academy Foundation develops and supports a network of all-male, grades 6 through 12, college-preparatory schools in challenged, urban communities. We educate and mentor young men into future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement, and community service, and we promote these principles nationally.

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The Eagle Academy Foundation empowers at-risk inner-city young men to realize their academic and civic potential with quality immersive learning experiences and proven community-based practices that address shortfalls in public education. 

 
 
 
 

Today, The Eagle Academy Foundation’s public school network stands as a national model of academic excellence and social-emotional development for urban young men.

Donor Spotlight

Robert F. Smith

Founder, Fund II Foundation

Chairman & CEO, Vista Equity Partners

In our inaugural Donor Spotlight we are pleased to feature Fund II Foundation and its founding director Robert F. Smith, a steadfast supporter of the Eagle Academies for Young Men. Through the grant-making organization, Mr. Smith has supported the important work of the Eagle Academies, along with many other charities focused on improving the lives of African Americans.

The goals of the Eagle Academies are in sync with Mr. Smith’s own philosophies of academic excellence and hard work, and his philanthropic interests of promoting African American educational opportunities and encouraging at-risk students to achieve greatness. Mr. Smith is also Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and recently engaged our cohort of Eagle Ambassadors on the weekly Eagle Up Fridays Virtual Town Hall. During the program, our Ambassadors had the rare opportunity to converse with Mr. Smith and benefit from tremendous and insightful advice for their lives, career aspirations, economic empowerment, and more. Check out the conversation here.

The Fund II Foundation is a grant-making organization, which aims to improve the lives of underserved individuals, namely African Americans, and the communities they live in. They focus their efforts in five primary areas:

  • Preserve and share the cultural heritage of African Americans, to broaden understanding and inspire the next generation of African American leaders.
  • Promote human rights and give voice to the voiceless by fighting rights abuses including human trafficking, homelessness, and injustices.
  • Conserve the environment by promoting the outdoors, expanding access to parks, and inspiring young people to explore the natural world around them.
  • Expand access to music education in public schools by exposing students to music and the arts to nurture talent and inspire dreams, along with discipline and commitment to study and performance of the arts.
  • Sustain the American values of entrepreneurship and scholarship with a focus on increasing STEM education, driving greater access to technology and inspire leadership to promote America’s important work in the technology field.

In addition, the Fund II Foundation administers internX, a paid internship program that matches talented students of color with opportunities across many business sectors, from technology to marketing. Both employers and students benefit from a rigorous internship program that helps to connect promising college students to high-profile job tracks.

Fund II Foundation and the Eagle Academies

The Fund II Foundation has been a financial supporter of the Eagle Academies since their first grant was administered in 2016. They’ve become one of the Eagle Academies’ top donors, supporting programs for teacher training and coaching, among other initiatives. The work to lift up and educate thousands of male students of color from the New York public schools and in Newark, NJ is an honor for Fund II Foundation to support.

The two organizations both work tirelessly to inspire and promote educational opportunities for young Black men. Their hope is that these students will not only find themselves supported by school staff, their family and mentors, but that they will also return to their communities as sources of inspiration to others who might follow in their footsteps. In this way, Fund II Foundation hopes to help initiate a sea change of both educational opportunity and promotion of African American culture and heritage within these communities in New York and New Jersey that the Eagle Academies serve.

Having already donated over a $1M in support of Eagle programs such as college and career readiness, the Eagle Institute, professional development for educators, Parent University, and others initiatives, Mr. Smith recently donated additional funding to Eagle families most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eagle Academy Foundation is truly grateful to be in partnership with Mr. Smith as he remains committed to helping our Eagles soar.

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15 Years of educating young men

Higher Graduation Rates

Our Eagle Academies high-school graduation rate is 89% versus the 59% national average for young men of color, and 98% of our scholars were accepted to college in 2020. Eagle alumni have attended prestigious institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Carnegie Mellon University, and Morehouse College, among many others. Most importantly, all Eagle Academy young men embrace the ideal that hard work and strong character combined with academic achievement define success. In the Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, Eagle Academy has been described as one of the “beacons of light with outstanding leaders that are doing a great job saving hundreds of children.”

National Graduation Rate based on percent of students who graduated high-school. Source: 2015 Schott 50 State Report on Foundation.



Eagle Academies for Young Men are traditional public schools and are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, Harlem, and Staten Island.

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