Mission & History

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

In 2004, a group of educators, parents, community leaders and corporate partners, led by the One Hundred Black Men, Inc. opened the first Eagle Academy for Young Men in the South Bronx.

The Eagle Academy for Young Men in the South Bronx was the first single-sex boys public school to open in New York City in approximately 30 years, with David C. Banks current President and CEO of The Eagle Foundation serving as its Founding Principal. The Eagle Academy for Young Men is grounded in a model that incorporates parental involvement, academic rigor, mentoring along with extended day and summer programming.

In 2005, The Eagle Academy Foundation was established to improve educational outcomes for more inner city young men by providing professional development to school administrators and teachers within and outside of the Eagle Academy network.

The Eagle Academy has grown from an inaugural class of 115 9th graders to a network of six traditional public schools in New York City and Newark, NJ.

The first Eagle Academy in the Bronx is housed in a state of the art $50 million facility, serving 557 scholars in grades 6-12.

The second Eagle Academy opened in the Brownsville/Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn in 2008, with an inaugural class of 6th graders. Eagle Ocean Hill serves over 600 scholars in grades 6-12.

The third Eagle Academy in Southeast Queens welcomed students in 2010, currently serving over 500 scholars in grades 6-12.

3000+ scholars are served across all five boroughs in New York City and Newark, NJ.

At the invitation of Mayor Cory Booker, the fourth Eagle Academy opened in Newark, NJ in September 2012 and now serves 325 scholars in grades 6-12.

In September 2013, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem opened its doors, and became the fifth school, now serving 190 scholars in grades 6-11.

In September 2014, Eagle Academy for Young Men of Staten Island opened as the sixth school in the Eagle network of schools, now serving 124 scholars in grades 6-10.

Each Eagle Academy features parental engagement, academic rigor, college preparation, extended day and Saturday programs, rituals, summer programs and mentoring all supported by the Eagle Academy Foundation.

Creating a new pipeline of academic and social success for inner city young men.