CAB Summer Academy at Fessenden Aims to Prepare Urban Students for Success

In many schools across the country, the frenetic pace of the academic year wanes during the summer months. Teachers revel in the quiet hours they suddenly have to develop curricula; faculty members seek out-of-state professional development opportunities; and the community embraces time off to relax, re-energize, and reflect on the long and often grueling hours spent educating the leaders of tomorrow. When you step onto campus at The Fessenden School between the months of July and August, you will not find a serene and uninhabited landscape. Instead, you will be met by approximately 35 energetic boys from the 3Point Foundation who have arrived after their pick-up from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury. They can be found engaging with teachers and coaches who have chosen to forego their summer vacations to mentor—and learn from—young urban students. This four-week summer program is called CAB Summer Academy, named after its mission to foster an appreciation for character, academics, and basketball in students between the ages of seven and 15. The program aims to prepare urban boys for successful futures by providing them with academic, character education, and leadership resources and opportunities outside of their own communities. Jason Singleton, who recently completed his second year as program director and is entering his second year as Upper School dean of students at Fessenden, believes the success of this program is inextricably tied to the intentional blend of personal, intellectual, and physical development that is emphasized. Many CAB Summer Academy students are poised to play sports at the intermediate level and, at critically developmental stages in their lives, Jason hopes to...