Head MistressKa'Rai Jones
Ka'Rai Jones often referred to as "Coach Rai" began her journey in 2015 as Royal Precision Dance Company in Jacksonville, Florida on the north side at the Johnson Family YMCA. It was there her passion and determination to empower the youth was born.
Royal Precision Dance Company evolved an all-girls summer dance program which then lead to the creation of B Royal Academy Exploratory Arts School for Girls, Prodigy Academy for Boys, Royal Prep Academy Preschool, and Now ROYAL ACADEMY.
About Royal Academy
As one of the only Exploratory Arts schools grades K3-8 in Jacksonville, Florida, Royal Academy serves as the leading advocate for all children, boys and girls with talents that are to be expressed and strengthened. Our scholars have been held to the highest expectations and encouraged to become confident learners, critical thinkers, and self-starters. Royal Academy's environment yields rewards that last a lifetime.Ka'Rai Jones manifested Royal Academy, years before it came into fruition, her mission is to educate and push girls and boys in the areas of education, exploratory arts, and faith.
Royal Academy will provide all children with a sense of their power and ability. The Royal environment is demanding, exciting, and life-changing. Armed with multiple degrees, over 12 years of working with youth, a wife, and a mother of 6 equipped with personal experience and educational background to give rise to Royal Academy.
Authenticity is what Royal Academy Stands for. I wanted to create a space where scholars are allowed to be themselves as well as become the leaders they are destined to be. We provide a rigorous academic experience complemented by an exploratory arts program that keeps the whole student engaged in their education. It is intentionally designed to be personal so that our students are able to connect and be visibly known. Not only does our royal environment allow each student to maximize the way they learn best, but it also fosters a community where they will grow intellectually across all subjects we offer, allowing all students to find their authentic voice.
Many girls cannot achieve their full potential in a coeducational school. The impact of peer pressure and the perceived need to conform to popular opinion and thinking, including the desire to be accepted, can all impact girls. These are just some of the reasons which make many girls suppress their own personalities and individuality in a coed academic setting. Left to their own devices in a single-sex environment, girls are often more likely to take on challenging math and science subjects and engage wholeheartedly in serious sports - all things girls aren't supposed to like.
Girls will ignore gender stereotypes and develop their competitive side more fully in a single-sex academic setting. There are no boys to impress, no boys to compete for between other girls. They don't have to worry about being called tomboys. Their peers understand what's happening. Everybody feels comfortable being themselves.
Until you've actually spent time in an all-girl mentorship program, it's hard to fully appreciate the environment of encouragement and inspiration that is created. When a program is limited to only educating girls, the pedagogy changes, and the science behind how a female brain works and how girls grow and mature all become part of the core educational paths set forth for students. Students report feeling more free to speak and express themselves, which leads to a stronger development of a love of learning.
One-to-One Mentors provide a positive influence on our young men, which improves their self-esteem and outlook on life. We focus on tutoring sessions, positive social norms, playing a sport, field trips, playing chess, attending a seminar, volunteer work, and skills development.
Professional development of elite students. Learning skills for building healthy relationships and building emotional intelligence.
National mentoring research shows that children who are involved in mentoring programs are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs, start drinking underage, skip a day of school or hit someone in anger. We host social activities which give us a chance to get together and have fun! This encourages a sense of community within our program.