The mission of Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership.
A UNIQUE APPROACH TO EDUCATION:
Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy improves cadet learning through a system that is currently provided for students at the 26 private military schools in the United States. This is a system which puts emphasis on becoming a whole person by taking responsibility for one’s own actions. The four pillars that the academy is built on are Academics, Character, Discipline, and Athletics. Cadets are rewarded with cadet rank and a position within the Corps of Cadets. For a cadet to be promoted he or she must be passing all classes with a certain GPA,(rank specific) complete so many hours of community service per promotion, receive a favorable evaluation from his/her cadet chain of command, a favorable evaluation from his/her teachers, and participate on one school athletic team per year. Paul R Brown always rewards cadet achievement every thirty days in academy parades and ceremonies. These ceremonies are open to parents and the public on Friday afternoons. The ideal is to always reward positive behavior every chance we are given. Under an academy system cadets learn quickly that negative behavior or failure to perform academically results in immediate consequences through the cadet discipline system. Cadets who fail a class are placed in Saturday study hall with a teacher. Cadets unprepared for class or failing to do assignments are placed in detention. Cadets who carry a failing grade for more than four weeks are placed in Saturday study halls.
The educational philosophy, of Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is grounded in the work of Tony Wagner’s The Global Achievement Gap, New York: Basic Books, 2008. Wagner’s seven survival skills for education today are the guiding principles by which Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy operates its school, builds its curriculum, and educates its students. While the seven principles are the basis (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence, Agility and Adaptability, Initiative and Entrepreneurialism, Effective Oral and Written Communication, Accessing and Analyzing Information, and Curiosity and Imagination), the seven principles have been further refined and re-stated with the special Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy twist we call love of learning. This educational approach, model, theory, requires Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy teachers to be prepared daily and use a variety of teaching tools and techniques to keep cadets engaged, interested, and on the right track. Team work is stressed with cadets held to task by specific tasking, product based learning, classroom workshops, real experience, and critical review.