Aya Academy of Excellence


Aya Academy of Excellence morphed from a single grade charter school in response to the dropout rate in the local high school into an education outreach nonprofit in 2010.  The mission of Aya Academy: “Upward Bound, Progress Forward” is to launch an attack on the lack of character development and academic achievement amongst adolescents.  Aya Academy has developed an environment to address two critical barriers to student development: “I Can’t” and “I Won’t.”

Executive Director, Stephanie Hunte, has served as a public school educator for over fourteen years since beginning her career in East New York, Brooklyn.  Through the years she has borne witness to countless kids who have fallen through the cracks because their home life and fractured community served as a barrier to their development.  It is her hope, that in concert with the local community, individuals, church leaders and organizations, that children will be served by a school with a curriculum focused on their academic, spiritual and physical growth.

Aya, taken from the West African Adinkra symbol meaning endurance, has eight core principles:









Aya Academy’s program is rooted in grooming learners into world citizens through service learning.  At Aya Academy, students are expected to demonstrate responsibility for themselves, their families and community through their Leaders, SERVE! program.  Students earn merits as they engage in community service tasks throughout the school year.  Student’s who see their ideas take seed, root and grow understand the value of their efforts and are motivated to remove the barrier of “I Won’t.”

The instructional curriculum, unfolded in learning environments with a small group ratio, are founded on student inquiry and critical thinking.  Overtime, Aya will extend its programming to include a nontraditional education facility offering a year-round schedule with extended school day enables all students to receive double periods of language arts for literacy and writing development and experiential learning which makes the local community an extension of the classroom. By creating a 21st century learning environment which replaces textbooks with netbooks, students have tools at their fingertips to customize their learning.  Through individualized learning, students work at a pace in accordance to their readiness, ability level and achievement which erodes the barrier of “I Can’t.”

Although Aya Academy will serve small groupings of largely at-risk  students on its campus, through the internet, parents and educators will have at their fingertips broadcasts of daily lessons and resources to aid their children.  Aya Academy learners will therefore be any child across the nation or the globe with internet access.

We encourage each and every person interested in the development of Aya Academy to lend support by collaborating with its educators, sponsoring students or spreading the word of its online shared materials for parents and teachers.


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  1. * Jane Day says:

    Some very cool ideas, Stephanie…personally I believe we need a year round calendar with 3 week breaks between each 9 weeks to review/preview, do enrichment projects, etc. We are no longer an agrarian society. I would also like to see a restructured school day with more time addressing kids social-emotional-play/exercise needs…maybe add more school days but restructure the academic time.
    Anyway, best wishes for the success of your online academy.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 1 month ago
  2. * Bella Grace says:

    Love your site. It is very transparent. May God continue to lead you and you be obedient to him. I am also a homeschool mom and have another site at http://www.learningwithbellagrace.wordpress.com.

    Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who He created you to be.

    Bella Grace

    As well as from the NY area! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 3 months ago

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