Black Thought: 5 U.S. Schools For Children With Black Founders

Sankofa Academy

Sankofa AcademyFounded by Toni “Imani” Fisher in 2009, the Houston based school hosts an on-line academy for students’ Preschool through 5th grade. With an emphasis on early elementary, key curriculum elements include: “encouraging exploration, emotional growth, fostering positive learning experiences, and of course, fun!” Even better, the school offers an after-school and summer school program. Click here for more information.


One of the oldest independent Afrikan schools in the United States, Nation House is nestled in the Nation’s Capital. The school’s got some real back story. In fact, it was the result of student activism out of Howard University in the late 1960s, before opening its doors in 1974. Currently, NationHouse boasts three programs: Watoto School, serving PK through fourth grade, Sankofa Institute, for fifth and sixth grade students, and the Afrikan Youth Organization (AYO), an after-school program. NationHouse’s community is just as diverse as its story, hosting families from Ethiopia, Azania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Gambia, the Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Jamaica to name a few.

Ile Omode

In 1986, the members of Wo’se Community Church saw the need for an independent, African-centered educational institution in Oakland, CA. So, they formed Ile Omode, an African-centered educational institution offering formal education as well as afterschool, weekend, and summer programs. In 2010, the institution partnered with a local community college, to offer students the option of enrolling in advanced math courses; as soon as eighth grade. Get all the details on the Cali-based school here.