Research shows that when children are physically healthy, they perform better in school. Through extracurricular activities that utilize Eagle Academy’s unique resources - including a full size gymnasium, a 40-by-80-foot pool, and two playgrounds, we help our students adopt healthy lifestyles.
According to USA Swimming, only 30 percent of African American children know how to swim. Knowing our student body is 98 percent African American, we installed a 40-by-80-foot learning pool. Strategically constructed in order to truly serve all ages, our pool allows students to challenge the status quo by learning how to swim. At Eagle Academy, swimming lessons are not only provided, but they are compulsory to graduation.
For students to learn, they must have their basic health needs met. Eagle Academy employs three full-time nurses and has partnerships with various health organizations including Howard University Hospital and Children’s Health Project of D.C. In addition, Eagle Academy partners with the D.C. Department of Health’s Oral Health Program to provide free dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride, and sealant treatments to all of our students.
At Eagle Academy, we understand that a child cannot learn on an empty stomach. Through our participation in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, we prepare free hot meals for our children each school day in our on-campus kitchen. We have also recently started providing free dinners to our students as well. Additionally, Eagle participates in the Healthy Schools Act, which gives every child a healthy snack during the school day.