About the name “Sankofa”
Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward .
Rigorous Academics-Culturally Relevant Curriculum-Critical Thinkers
Our mission is to utilize the Sankofa values to create an academically rigorous, culturally relevant learning environment that engages each student’s unique spirit and intellect. Sankofa Academy will help develop creativity, critical thinking skills, and cultivates active citizens.
To accomplish this, Sankofa Academy offers an exceptional interdisciplinary curriculum in a technology-rich environment that challenges students to explore connections across subjects and use experiential learning to bridge the gaps between theory and practice.
We envision SANKOFA ACADEMY as a thriving learning community providing students with both educational and real world learning opportunities which will engage the whole child in the learning process. Together, this community will build a scholarly, creative, and exciting environment for all students including at-risk students, attracting the most highly skilled and committed educators and community members.
Our school will promote a learning environment that emphasizes academic progress as well as academic success. Our students will obtain a sense of purpose and responsibility for their academic careers, and the school will provide an outlet for creative expression, and empower our students and their families to participate in the education process in a way that benefits the family and community. Accountability and personal responsibility will be embraced by all students, parents and teachers.
Sankofa Academy (SA)
Sankofa Academy (SA) believes children of African descent and other scholars of color have absolutely everything they need to achieve academically and live lives as fully actualized human beings who are able to build and maintain healthy communities and establish a just world. Academically applying the principle of Sankofa means SA will not accept failure or mediocrity. Remembering always the legacy of the great ones on whose shoulders we stand. Our scholars, faculty and family members will be reminded to “reach within and back” in order to reconnect with the sources of knowledge and power that will insure academic success and enable scholars to contribute to the communities to which they belong. Thus, Sankofa Academy will use the history, cultural expressions, aesthetics, literature, orature, value systems, and worldview of African and indigenous diasporan cultures to forge a reconnection between excellence in scholarship, identity, and purpose.