robinson_cc_fc_web.jpgWEST PALM BEACH — Applications are being accepted from incoming 6th-grade students for the new Roosevelt Leadership Academy for Young Men opening next school year.


The academy’s location will be the Roosevelt Full Service Center, 1601 Tamarind Ave. in West Palm Beach.


The new all-male public school — a first for the Palm Beach County School District — was shepherded into existence by School Board member Debra Robinson, other school district officials and community members focused on providing more support for African-American youths.


Kareem L. Thompson, a specialist with the Department of Choice & Career Options for the Palm Beach County School District, has been assigned to assist with the marketing and recruitment for the Leadership Academy. He called on community members to help pass the word.


“I’d like (the public’s) assistance in this effort by simply encouraging you to have young men you think would benefit from such a program to apply,” said Thompson.


Thompson emphasized that the Roosevelt Leadership Academy for Young Men is:


•  A full choice school.


• The first of its kind in the district; a single-gender school designed to develop well-rounded students who are prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for success beyond the classroom.


• A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based/focused program that offers unique educational opportunities and experiences using Afro-Centric delivery of curriculum and infusing African and


African-American Studies across the core academic areas.


• A curriculum designed to increase academic achievement by nurturing cultural awareness while utilizing instructional strategies that foster continuous positive exposure to past and present role models, important events, issues, and places that will impact students as they develop academically, socially, and culturally. “In addition to academic achievement, one of the primary goals is to create learning communities that cultivate a child’s innate desire to learn, explore and succeed,” Thompson said.


“Our department is still accepting applications for incoming 6th grade students. The application can be accessed via our website, Parents are encouraged to bring the application into our office. Should you have any questions or would like for me to speak to your church or group of your young men about the academy, please contact me.”

For more information call  561-357-1177 or email

*Pictured above is Palm Beach County school board member Debra Robinson.