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ERIC Number: EJ762677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Raise the Bar
Williams, Dana
Teaching Tolerance, n25 p24-29 Spr 2004
Detroit's Benjamin Carson Academy (BCA) is believed to be the nation's first charter school for juvenile offenders. Opened in 1999, BCA is housed in the newly built Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, a state of the art, 89,300-square-foot building in downtown Detroit with half a dozen gymnasiums, two computer labs, a media center, mental health unit and medical and dental facilities. All Wayne County youth ages 8 to 21 who are arrested or removed from their families are held at this facility and, while incarcerated, attend school at BCA. It is not the architecture or physical amenities that has drawn praise from juvenile justice advocates and experts nationwide. It is the school's unique focus on providing a nurturing atmosphere and quality education. It also is the mentoring and personal attention aimed at helping young people gain control of their studies--and their lives. In this article, the author describes how this developmental approach of BCA helps these young people improve their lives. (Contains 6 resources and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; New York