Who We Are
Intrepid College Prep is a network of free, college preparatory public charter schools located in Antioch. We educate scholars at two campuses: Opportunity Academy Middle School and Independence Academy High School. Our 5-12 model ensures that scholars have the opportunity to engage in a rigorous, college-preparatory education for eight years prior to their transition to college and the professional opportunities that follow. We are an open-enrollment school, meaning we accept scholars from all over the city at any grade level.
The majority of students in Antioch-area public schools are low-income students, students of color, and English Language Learners – all of whom only have a one-in-ten chance of completing a four-year college degree. Moved by these statistics, as well as a history of low literacy and math achievement rates, founder Mia Howard launched Intrepid College Prep in 2012 and welcomed its inaugural class in 2013.
Intrepid College Prep was established to help change realities for Antioch-area students, and to provide a college preparatory choice for parents and families. With a deeply committed team of experienced educators, we are motivated to close both the academic achievement and wealth gaps in Nashville.
Our Statement of Solidarity and Commitments
As a network and community, we acknowledge and stand in solidarity with those who fight against all manners of racism, xenophobia, inequity in education, the unlawful killing of Black people, racial profiling, police brutality and racial inequality in the criminal justice system. Each day, we make a renewed commitment as an organization to actively commit to enacting change. As an organization that strives to be earnestly anti-racist in both word and deed, and in order to fulfill the promise we make every day to our students and families, we do the hard, internal work necessary to dismantle the systems of injustice in our country.
We make the following commitments:
- We commit to elevating leaders of color:
- We know that our school leadership must be representative of our students, families, and communities.
- We commit to recruit, promote, and develop more people of color into leadership positions in our schools.
- We commit to elevating voices of BIPOC in our organization:
- We commit to becoming a space that seeks, amplifies, and listens to the perspectives of BIPOC in order to examine and actively enrich the systems and practices in our schools.
- We commit to actively participating and empowering others to participate in civic change:
- We know that in order to make long-lasting change in our country, we must continue to not only use our voices but to also exercise our right to vote.
- We commit to empowering our staff, students, and families to register and vote in local and national elections.
- We commit to educating students who are change agents in our community, our city, and our country.
- We commit to creating space and providing the resources necessary for teachers and students to become critically conscious and equipped to shift mindsets and be anti-racist:
- As educators, our responsibility is greater than ever to commit to an active and conscious effort to be anti-racist.
- As an organization, we commit to confront, name, and to dismantle a system that benefits some but marginalizes others.
A set of commitments is not the solution to combat systemic racism and inequalities that Black Americans and other people of color face every day in our country. These commitments were a cornerstone of our founding, and we stand by these commitments today. Silence is not an option and we commit to being a part of a future towards justice and opportunity for all.
We operate from a core belief that student achievement must be measurable, transparent, and constant.
Preparing Intrepid College Prep scholars to transform the 21st century means that every Intrepid College Prep scholar must possess:
- Strong knowledge of academic content
- Problem solving capability
- Creativity and the ability to work with multiple ways of representation
- Motivation to learn, intellectual independence, and ability to self-educate
- Communications skills (oral, written, teamwork, and interpersonal skills)
- Global awareness, vision, a sense of human responsibility and ethics
More Time: Intrepid College Prep has 180 highly structured days of school with extended learning time for tutoring and extra-curricular activities. Our days are designed to promote and incorporate academic achievement, quality instruction, demanding curriculum, and individualized support.
Redefining “College Prep” : Our curriculum has a focus on college preparation, financial literacy, and ethics, which are all essential for success in higher education and the professional world beyond. Additionally, we focus on character from a performance perspective, teaching students to embody our PRIDE values – Professionalism, Rigor, Initiative, Discipline, and Endurance and TEAM values – Transparency, Enthusiasm, Activism, Mindfulness.
Teacher Talent: We invest in exceptional teachers to achieve exceptional results, and devote substantial resources to attracting and retaining our team.
Literacy-Rich Curriculum: Starting in fifth grade, Intrepid College Prep stresses literacy in the classroom and strives to help all students develop a lifelong love of reading.
Measuring Results, Not Intentions: Data-driven instruction is the cornerstone of our academic program. We administer frequent external and internal assessments, modify curriculum as needed, and provide immediate support to every scholar so that they achieve the best academic results possible.
Culture of Success: Our small school environment provides the platform for high levels of learning, student achievement, and efficiency. In middle school, we use tight transitions during instruction, economy of language, and clear systems to maximize instructional time. In high school, we gradually release scholars to adopt individualized supports and systems so that they are prepared with independent decision-making skills, the power of autonomy and self-awareness during the college experience.