Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) addresses the needs of all students. Division data suggests that African American males are underachieving in the classrooms. In response the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board collaborated with the division’s Office of Community Engagement to establish partnerships with State Farm Insurance (funding); the University of Virginia’s School of Education (research and development support); and the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia (mentoring support) to assist in eliminating this achievement gap.
Through this partnership the M-Cubed program was created in 2009 and has flourished. M-Cubed stands for Math-Men-Mission and its goal is to produce an increase in the enrollment of African American young men in upper level course work, growth in personal expectations, and the development of grounded family and civic minded young men. By creating an atmosphere of successful academic experiences, rigorous pre-algebra curriculum and the establishment of a systemic support system; success was achieved.