Little Known Black History Fact: Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business

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  • The Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business is the first public all-boys school in New Orleans, LA. The school was created during the city’s rebuilding efforts post Hurricane Katrina in 2008. Just announced – the academy’s 2012 graduating class will have a 100% college acceptance rate for its students.

    The Miller-McCoy Academy is named after Kelly Miller, the first black mathematics graduate student in the U.S., and inventor Elijah McCoy. The college prep academy serves children from grades 5-12.

    This year’s senior class students will receive $420,000 in college scholarship offers to begin their college careers. They will attend 27 different schools, six of which are in the state of Louisiana.

    The Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business serves 530 urban male students in East New Orleans. The school is open admission. Dr. Tiffany Hardrick and Keith Sanders founded the academy in 2008. Dr. Hardrick is a graduate of Fort Valley State (B.S.), Arkansas State University (MBA, Ed.S) and Capella University (PhD). Keith Sanders earned his degrees from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (B.S.) and Christian Brothers University (M.E).

    Since the schools inception, There has been a 29-point percentage increase in math scores for sixth graders and a 34-point percentage increase in ELA from diagnostic results. The ninth graders had a 21-point percentage increase in math scores and a 33-point percentage increase in ELA from diagnostic results.

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