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St. Augustine High School Awarded $150,000 Grant to Establish Academy for Gifted Boys

Gifted Academy for Boys

St. Augustine High School has received funding for the first year of a three-year $150,000 grant from the Mission & Ministry, Inc., a ministry of the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise to address the gap that exists in academic achievement for minority boys before they are ready to enter high school.  The grant, which will be funded over a three-year period, will focus on minority boys beginning in the fifth grade, ensuring they receive the academic and social skills necessary for achievement at high academic levels. 


Academic achievement gaps by ethnicity and socioeconomic classes remain large and persistent in our nation and the disparities have been steady for many decades. The St. Augustine Academy for Gifted Boys will identify boys with talent in mathematics, science, art, and music beginning in the fifth grade and involve them in after-school, Saturday, and summer enrichment classes and programs for a 3-year period, until the students enter high school.


“Since its founding in 1951, St. Augustine High School has been a leader in ensuring that African American males were academically prepared to be successful in college and in life,” said St. Augustine President and CEO, Kenneth St. Charles, Ph.D.  “We are excited to work with minority boys who are underrepresented among our country’s highest achieving students due in large part to their not receiving the same academic opportunities and resources as their peers.  We are eternally grateful to Mission and Ministry, Inc. and the Daughters of Charity for their dedication and unwavering support as together we ensure that deserving minority and financially disadvantaged students are able to reach their full academic potential.” 


The goals and expected outcomes of the program include preparing program participants to be successful in advanced honors courses, raising their expectations regarding grade attainment, increasing the level and quantity of extracurricular reading, improving test-taking skills, increasing self-confidence regarding challenging coursework, and leveling the playing field as it relates to exposure to higher education and cultural opportunities. 


“The Academy for Gifted Boys provides assistance for gifted students that normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate,” said Mission and Ministry Executive Director Mary Wildeman.  “This aligns with MMI’s mission of assisting those in need.”

The program will also boldly confront a major mitigating factor of high achievement known as “fewness”, which occurs when minority students are reluctant to be placed in gifted programs because they find themselves as one of only a few minority students.


The application period for the Academy for Gifted Boys is now open.  Classes will begin in Fall 2018 with all instructional activities being conducted on the historic St. Augustine High School campus.  

For more information call 504-944-2424. Or click the link below to register to receive program information.   


 Click here to register for more information. 


About St. Augustine High School:
St. Augustine High School is an all-male college preparatory school founded in 1951 by the Josephite priests and brothers, an order dedicated to providing missions and schools for African-Americans in their dioceses. Over the years St. Augustine High School has built a legacy serving as the training ground for leadership through academic excellence, moral values, Christian responsibility, and reasonable, consistent discipline.  Today, the school welcomes young men of all races and religions and remains a leading secondary school for African-American males in Louisiana.

About Mission & Ministry, Inc.

Mission & Ministry, Inc., a granting entity of the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise, serves as a catalyst for change in the communities where the Daughters of Charity minister.  Mission and Ministry works to alleviate poverty by providing encouragement and financial support for works of the Daughters of Charity and other non-profit organizations which serve persons living in poverty.