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The following principles represent the high standard we hold for ourselves and our commitment to excellence. They are the foundation of the Drake Academy of Excellence. 


"We need leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity.”  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

We lead with the understanding that every human being has great worth and the same essential needs - to experience acceptance, value, purpose, and meaning. These needs drive our decisions and interactions and keep us focused on what is most important - lifting others up and helping them to become who they were born to be! 


"The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own example."  Coach John Wooden 

Our leaders lead with...​

  • Integrity

  • Transparency & Accountability

  • Service

Development & Coaching

"Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance." Atul Gawande

Our Teacher and Leadership Development program is...

  • Selective

  • Rigorous

  • Innovative

  • Practical

Climate & Culture

"Culture eats strategy for lunch."  Peter Drucker 

Our climate and culture exudes...​

  • Joy

  • Passion

  • Enthusiasm

  • Energy


“The prime purpose of education is to help students exceed what they think is their potential. To see in students something they may not see in themselves and to imbue them with our passion for learning.” John Hattie

Our curriculum and instruction is...​

  • Engaging

  • Broad and Challenging

  • Inquiry Based

  • Strength Focused

  • Anti-Racist & Inclusive

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