Hello, and welcome to Ryan Banks Academy! The Ryan Banks Academy mission is to build Chicago’s first residential school for urban youth, and in September 2018 we will open its doors and transform urban education. In our first 1-2 years, we will begin as a day school/boarding school hybrid model, where our students attend day school at RBA, plus our school year will include multiple extended field trips which will allow our students to explore new environments and cultures. During this time, we will be constructing our permanent campus which will include dormitories for our students and residential housing for our staff. Our first class will launch with 7th grade students Fall 2018.
Ryan Banks Academy will combine a high-quality, future-facing curriculum with an integrated social emotional education in order to provide the launching pad for students from all socio-economic backgrounds into the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and world-changers. Ryan Banks Academy takes a strengths-based approach to learning and building confidence, and believes that each and every one of our students has a legacy within them to change the world. We will focus on preparing all of our students for college with a goal of a 100% college acceptance rate.
Please take a look around our website, there's lots to see and do here! You can learn about our team (and even join us!), donate to our great cause, and even take a sneak peek into the behind the scenes of our journey to build Ryan Banks Academy by following our blog, watching our videos, or by checking out our social media channels.
Feel free to contact us on our contact page, or send us an email at info(at)ryanbanksacademy(dot)org if you have any questions. Thank you so much for support!
The Ryan Banks Academy Team
The Ryan Banks Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
RBA's CEO, Valerie Groth's book, "The Power of the Possible: The Dire State of Inner City Education and One Woman's Revolution to Fix It"
"The time is now for a revolution in education that embraces and upholds the highest ideals and delivers them to the youth of inner city America."
Please lend your support - take a moment to sign our change.org petition to help change the lives of Chicago students!
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"I believe that in communities with high youth violence, 24/7 urban boarding schools can provide a safe environment and give kids a chance to be successful. Our schools should be community centers with a wide variety of after school and social/emotional programming. I believe initiatives like Ryan Banks Academy can be game changers in addressing the issue of youth violence, which is a public health crisis."