A Three-Part Audio Series From Education Week/NPR

Raising Kings

A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep  LEARN MORE ▼

—Jared Soares for Education Week
A Three-Part Audio Series From Education Week/NPR

Raising Kings

A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep

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They’re called "kings." All freshmen. All young men of color. And all determined to upend the dominant narrative about young black men in Washington, D.C.

Their public high school—the all-male Ron Brown College Prep—is designed specifically to meet their needs. And for many of the young men, their needs are profound.

Two reporters, Education Week's Kavitha Cardoza and NPR's Cory Turner, spent hundreds of hours with teachers, students, and parents from the school's earliest days to the final bell. These three episodes tell the story of Ron Brown's first year.

Episode One: Let Brotherly Love Continue

As Washington D.C.'s first all-male public high school opens, 100 9th graders will experience a school like none they have before—one that's grounded in love and empathy. Listen.

Episode Two: 'They Can't Just Be Average'

At Ron Brown, daunting academic challenges have become glaringly obvious as the school year gets under way. Teachers worry about accelerating literacy for kings reading on the 1st grade level, while keeping high-performers motivated among peers who are years behind them academically. Listen.

Episode Three: Irreconcilable Differences

At Ron Brown, lofty ideals are crashing headlong into reality. Forty of the school's 100 9th graders are on track to fail. And the faculty are revolting against the district's grading policies. Listen.

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