Why Our Mission Matters
In Chicago, 78% of K-12 students are low-income, and far too many are trauma-exposed due to challenges such as food insecurity, home instability, gun-violence, and poverty. In addition, 20% of youth in Chicago Public Schools do not graduate, and thus, are left to fend for themselves. In a world where black and brown youth are often told that education isn't the place for them, RBA fights to change that narrative and provide an exceptional curriculum to those most at-risk. Our vision is to be the city's first urban boarding school where we can shelter our scholars as we nurture them into the next generation of leaders.
The RBA Difference
RBA recognizes the barriers our scholars face due to educational inequities, which is why we offer an exceptional academic program that allows scholars to learn new subject matter in dynamic ways that spark curiosity and increase motivation. Our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs use a whole-child approach defined by trauma-informed practices and building relationships that ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. These programs help RBA care for our scholars and amplify their voices. We aim to build inner confidence, identify coping mechanisms, and help them mature into well-rounded adults.