Statement issued Monday:
Smith Academy for Excellence (SAFE) has been proposed as a new charter school to be located on the southeast side of Fort Wayne.
SAFE would be the first ever all boys Charter School in the state of Indiana. The innovative curriculum emphasizes college preparation, character education and service learning. SAFE will provide opportunities for various extracurricular activities including high quality interscholastic sports.
This single gender academy is responding to the research, showing how boys learn and develop differently than girls. SAFE will be the only school in the area to focus all of its attention on boys and cater only to their specific needs.
Thomas Smith and his two sons, Corey and Cameron are the co-founders of SAFE. Combined, these leaders have 47 years of experience as educators. The majority of those years have been spent serving the youth of the city’s south side.
The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012 serving grades six through nine. SAFE will expand one grade level higher and one grade level lower each year until it is a K-12 school.
“SAFE will be a true alternative to the traditional school setting. The schedule, learning plan and culture will be unique and innovative,” said SAFE co-founder and school leader, Thomas Smith. “Our goal is to enrich the lives of young men and their communities.”