Kuumba takes pride in its many community partnerships. Here are a few of the many ways Kuumba works with local organizations to jointly achieve its mission:
In response to the outcry from Wilmington parents looking for a high-quality public education and increased access to arts education for their children, Christina Cultural Arts Center leaders, parents, and community supporters took action and were granted a Department of Education charter to create Kuumba Academy Charter School (KACS) in 2001. KACS was the first school model in the state that partnered a public charter school with a nonprofit community organization.
Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) and KACS form a unique nonprofit/public school partnership committed to educational excellence. Through the innovative union of academics, arts, technology, and family engagement, each KACS student’s individual learning style is nurtured—resulting in creative learners who are agents of positive change in the community.
The CCAC/KACS model is regarded by many as the single most significant achievement in Wilmington’s post public school desegregation history.
Kuumba Academy is proud to announce its partnership with AmeriCorps Delaware for the 2017/18 school year. AmeriCorps Delaware will be providing 16 AmeriCorps Student Enrichment Specialists, who will provide support to classrooms in the 1st through 4th grades. The Student Enrichment Specialists will be improving academic and behavioral outcomes for students in Tier II across grades 1-4 by providing targeted daily intervention and support.
For more information on Kuumba's partnership with Americorps, visit: kuumbaacademy.org/americorps
This rigorous master’s program offered by Relay, a nationally recognized teacher education program based in New York, will develop master’s level teaching skills specifically in urban education. Relay teaches the proven practices of high performing schools, substantiated by
research, to create a new generation of continuously improving, results-focused teachers.
The total cost of the 2-year program is $12,500 per teacher. Teachers will contribute $7,500 and Kuumba will pay the remaining $5,000 for five teachers during each expansion year. Kuumba will be among the first schools in Delaware to use this program, which has been recommended by the Delaware Department of Education.
Kuumba has partnered with 21st Century Community Learning Centers for the past decade. 21st CCLC provides funding for Kuumba's 6-week summer program as well as its after school program.
Through this partnership, Kuumba is able to serve over 250 unduplicated students per year.
Through our partnership with Teach for America, we have been able to recruit more than
20 Teach for America Corps members over the last 8 years, 5 of which are TFA alumni. Our
current instructional leadership team includes 3 TFA alumni, and Kuumba has 7 current TFA