What is the "BDJA Way?"
The Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy develops male scholars grounded in positive attitudes and strong leadership, who have mastered advanced educational skills to enable them to serve as "witnesses of hope" in their families, communities and neighborhoods. We recognize each scholar is unique, and through developing a positive self-image, each one can experience his individual worth and dignity as a human being.
By sustaining a caring and nurturing environment, BDJA creates a welcoming school that is not only safe but fosters curiosity and a sense of wonder, and awakens a love of learning. BDJA encourages each young man to learn and grow to his fullest.
Believing parents are the primary educators of their children, BDJA fosters positive social skills, first taught at home. It is our aim to prepare male scholars to take their rightful place as positive contributing and participating members of our city, state, nation and world, by guiding them to recognize the interdependence of our society and encouraging each to take an active and positive role in shaping their community and the world.
We do not blame the students or back pedal when our schools miss the mark. We pedal harder!
- We pursue and prioritize measurable student academic achievement as the first job of the school
- We consistently allocate resources to core academic instruction and demand institution-wide assuredness that it is the fundamental work of the school and its leader. (Great schools are primarily about the transfer of knowledge, not the delivery of social services)
- We believe that instilling comprehensive subject area knowledge and ensuring thorough, reliable facility with basic skills is necessary to college preparatory-level scholarship and enables (not detracts from) "higher-order" learning
- We expect, without apology, that teachers are responsible for and have authority over the classroom
- We assiduously maintain the highest expectations for all students and a steadfast refusal to make excuses for them, for the school, or for its personnel
- We consistently and systematically use student performance data and data management tools to inform decision making within the school
- We do not pretend that school reform is "rocket science" or necessarily innovative; we work hard and use common sense
- We know that without great teachers, nothing else matters. Teachers must have the time and professional tools and resources to do their jobs effectively
BDJA strives to develop male scholars grounded in positive attitudes and strong leadership, who have mastered advance educational skills that will enable them to be witnesses of hope in their families, communities and neighborhoods. The BDJA recognizes each male scholar is unique and through developing a positive self-image, each one can experience his individual worth and dignity as a human being.
By sustaining a caring and nurturing environment, BDJA creates for male scholars a school that is not only safe but welcoming, fosters curiosity and a sense of wonder and awakens a love of learning. BDJA encourages each scholar to learn and grow to his fullest potential.