Carter G. Woodson Academy

1813 Charleston Drive • Lexington, KY 40505
Phone: (859) 381-3933 • Fax: (859) 381-3372

School website: www.cgwacademy.fcps.net

School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.


Carter G. Woodson Academy provides an advanced and rigorous curriculum that meets the new common core standards through the lens of African-American history, culture and culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies. This traditional college preparatory program, which launched in the fall of 2012, serves at-promise males in grades 6-12 who have unlimited potential.  All participants will graduate college- and career-ready.

This FCPS program is named for Carter G. Woodson -- a historian, author, journalist and educator who devoted his life to the research of African-American people, culture and history. A graduate of Berea College and the University of Chicago, Woodson was the second African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. Known as the "Father of Black History," he firmly believed that all would benefit from learning about the experiences and contributions of African-Americans and advocated for its inclusion in the curriculum of all schools.

Vision statement:

"To educate, motivate and activate the potential for excellence that lies within every male"


What makes our school special

  • High expectations for learning and achievement
  • Student-focused academic support
  • Committed staff with a “whatever it takes” mentality to ensure scholars' success
  • "The Power of Stories" with community speakers
  • Individual mentoring
  • College, cultural and abroad field trips
  • Enrichment and hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • After-school and evening tutoring
  • Optional Saturday programming
  • Partnerships with colleges, universities and community & technical schools
  • Support from community groups and agencies
  • Scholarship opportunities

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