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    Eagle's Nest Program of Academic Distinction


    Erie’s Public Schools, in partnership with Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation, has launched Eagle’s Nest Program of Academic Distinction, a unique and innovative academic program for students in kindergarten and sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

    The only program of its kind in the region, Eagle’s Nest emphasizes civility and character development and offers students a specialized, Afrocentric curriculum. Students will study English/language arts, math, science and social studies, but do so as part of a broader exploration of African heritage and cultures and the African-American experience throughout history.

    The program is secular and open to students of all races. Eagle’s Nest is one of a growing number of programs the district is offering to families as they consider what pathway to educational success is best suited to their child. 


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    Eagle’s Nest is housed at 1133 Pennsylvania Avenue, though students will take their related arts classes – music, art, and physical education – at the Boys and Girls Club of Erie as part of an agreement with the nonprofit organization. Students are Erie’s Public Schools students and will be taught by Erie’s Public Schools teachers. 

    “We are proud to partner with Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation to offer yet another unique academic program for Erie’s Public Schools students,” Superintendent of Schools Brian Polito said. “As part of our strategic plan, we’re committed to expanding these types of innovative programs that speak to students’ interests and needs and ensure their success.”

    Bishop Dwane Brock, CEO of Eagle’s Nest Leadership Corporation, said the program will teach students to succeed in and out of the classroom by paring them with individual mentors and by creating a culture of respect and civility, in addition to the focus on academics.

    “There is a spirit of productivity, a sense of pride and self-esteem, that has to be awakened in every child,” Brock said. “Every child has a motivational point and it is our responsibility to find that point and mold them into champions.”


    For more information on the Eagle's Nest program, please call 814-283-4595 or email Chandra Slocum at cslocum@eriesd.org.