Black elementary school opens in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – A black-owned elementary school will open its doors this fall and will be opened by a native of Jacksonville.

It was Cameron Frazier’s vision to open a school that he says is “for us and by us”.

“It will be an option for all families to know that their children are receiving an education that they see is a reflection of themselves,” Frazier said. “Every county in the US needs this. Black children in particular miss out on a cultural experience in some places. And we get an education in which we are not reflected. And I believe that every child deserves it. “

Frazier said the K-5 Becoming Collegiate Academy opens in the Norwood neighborhood of Jacksonville this fall and is aimed at students in color communities.

“The children definitely need a positive and progressive school to attend and if it is also black-owned we support that too,” said parent Mario McKinney.

A study by 904Ward, a group working to build an inclusive Jacksonville, found that in the 2018/19 school year, only 37% of black or African American students earned enough points for the English state rating to pass, and the majority did the third grader reading under the grade level.

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Frazier said the theme of BCA was historically black colleges and universities.

He believes this will help students connect more deeply with their education.

“I think that’s the missing piece that schools are missing. There is so much power that comes from these schools, these institutions, these higher institutions of this excellence, and they are most of the producers that black professionals have. And that’s not emphasized enough, ”said Frazier.

Frazier said they want to reflect the HBCU experience of love and compassion from teachers as they celebrate history.

“It seems like this site is a little lacking in resources. This neighborhood definitely needs to be revitalized as far as the school is concerned. I think a lot of parents have a lot of education concerns, ”McKinney said.

Despite being a charter school, Frazier said BCA is a school for the community, with students who might one day change their communities for the better.

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There are already over 100 kindergarten students enrolled at BCA.

News4Jax has been told that they will be posting the school’s location sometime this month.

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