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About the School

"To educate, motivate, and activate the potential for excellence that lies within every male."

Carter G. Woodson Academy

Carter G. Woodson Academy provides an advanced and rigorous curriculum that meets the new common core standards through the lens of African-American history, culture, and culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies. This traditional college preparatory program, which launched in the fall of 2012, serves at-promise males in grades 6-12 who have unlimited potential.  All participants will graduate college- and career-ready.

What Makes Us Special

  • Committed staff with a “whatever it takes” mentality to ensure students' success
  • "The Power of Stories" featuring community speakers
  • Individual mentoring
  • After-school and evening tutoring
  • Optional Saturday programming
  • College, cultural, and abroad field trips

“WELL” Principles

Carter G. Woodson Academy has high expectations for all its scholars. Scholars of the Academy will be well disciplined at all times. Our discipline policy follows the Fayette County statement of rights and responsibilities and scholar code of conduct. Every scholar will be provided a copy of this document. Our motto is there are “No rules, just expectations”. Pursuant to our philosophy of high scholar expectation, scholars shall adhere to the following as our guidelines for success which are also known as our “Well Principles”:

Well Behaved - follow all school expectations & district code of conduct

Well Mannered - use manners when interacting with staff, scholars, families & guests

Well Dressed - be in appropriate dress code attire each day

Well Spoken - speak fluently with confidence and composure

Well Read - read nightly to increase vocabulary and enhance writing skills

Well-Traveled - Participate in cultural events, field trips & trips abroad which leads to being...

Well Prepared for college, career and life!


Visit the district's Application Process webpage for details.

Scholar Creed

I promise to give my very best to achieve my every goal. To be disciplined with everything in my control. Learning as much as I can for knowledge is the key There is nothing I cannot do, but the first step starts with me. I represent my family, even my community as a whole And I refuse to let negativity keep me from my goal. I will exceed and excel if I just have faith and believe I am a Carter G. Woodson Royal And there is no limit to what I can achieve! I will arise above all prejudices And stay positive the whole way through. For I am a Carter G. Woodson Royal and you can be one too!


Raising Our Young Men to Achieve & Leading them to Succeed