RALEIGH, NC, March 27, 2018
Data compiled from nationally-normed, standardized testing reveal the average IQ growth for students attending Iron Academy in their first-year averages an astounding 8.7%. The average two-year IQ growth is almost 15%. Like many schools in the region, Iron Academy uses the TerraNova test to assess student growth. The Iron Academy is an all-male, private, Christian middle and high school at 3510 Edwards Mill Road. Now in its fifth year, the Iron Academy credits the extraordinary results to five factors unique to the school.
- The teaching philosophy—Targeted Learning™—methodically develops higher-order critical thinking skills organically within each learning unit, class after class and year after year.
- Instead of employing co-ed techniques, teaching is geared specifically toward the general learning preferences of boys (e.g., fascinate young men initially in Romeo and Juliet as an opportunity to practice theatrical swordplay rather than as a play about star-crossed lovers).
- IA punctuates all academic classes with timely Brain-Breaks that engage the students in bursts of physical activity keeping the students alert throughout the day.
- A proprietary honor code and a culture of gentleman scholars reinforces teachers’ efforts to engage the young men in the classroom.
- The single-gender environment frees students to focus on academics without distraction.
Iron Academy opened in 2012 as the Triangle’s only faith-based all-male school. From opening day, the academy emphasized biblical manhood training and a learning environment optimized for young men. Because the school is focused on graduating men, it chooses never to use the term “boy,” always referring to students as young men. In the last three years, Iron Academy has developed its Active Leadership Training: coaching and entrusting the young men to clean the school daily, rotate through Tribe leadership, rewrite school rules annually, and manage minor disciplinary issues internally. For more serious honor code issues, students and staff join in Round Tables, each sharing an equal vote in deciding if they will hold students accountable.
The daily, student-led convocation provides a snap-shot of the Iron Academy culture. The young men assemble themselves in three tribes to be led by the elected school leader. They report on several things: how well they cleaned the school, whether they are experiencing any academic or disciplinary issues, who’s absent or needs prayer, and school announcements. After a student prays, the school leader initiates recital of the honor code: “I will always conduct myself as a gentleman, live pure, speak true, right wrong, and follow the King.” Frequent visitors to Convocation are always greeted by students afterward.
Iron Academy’s move to the 11-acre property on Edwards Mill Road has allowed it to attract many new families from throughout the region. A daily bus route to and from North Raleigh draws students from Louisburg, Rolesville, Youngsville, Wendell, and Knightdale. Families also come from Durham, Apex, Morrisville, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, and Johnston County. Because of the relocation and the effective environment, enrollment for 2018-19 is very strong. To learn more, visit ironacademy.org or schedule a tour at ironacademy.youcanbook.me/.