WHY IMHOTEP?

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What Makes Us Unique

  • Is dedicated to sound scholarship and to the academic disciplines, helping to foster the development of young people’s curiosity and independent thought
  • Enables students to acquire the skills, knowledge and self respect which are appropriate foundations for lifelong personal development
  • Believes that because children have special talents and abilities that develop at different rates, and they learn best in a variety of surroundings
  • Provides a well-rounded program that balances basic skills and physical development and sound growth
  • Provides each student with accelerated academics that challenges students on and above their grade levels
  • Invites parents to understand and support the school’s purposes and goals and encourages them to be engaged in the state of the school and the educational process of their child or children.

 

The 7 Principles of Life

Imhotep Academy has built its program around the concept, currently known as African-Centered” education. Our holistic approach is based upon the premise that children will only excel academically and intellectually when the curriculum, teaching methodology, and environment reflects the builders of yesterday and the ideas of the future. Our belief in universal knowledge provides each student with the skills to meet the challenges of tomorrow.  We use African Principles to teach and cultivate character and creativity with each student.

Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, “I am We,” or “I am because We are.”

Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

Ujima (oo-GEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.

Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Nia (NEE-yah) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.