The ‘quality’ of Quality Education’s education coming under question

Posted by Andy Durham on April 28, 2011 at 10:54 am under College, High School | 5 Comments to Read

Are the basketball players at Winston-Salem’s charter school, the Quality Education Academy(QEA), taking the core courses that they need to get into college and when it comes time to go off to college, do they have the overall grades to get in the door at their chosen universities?

There doesn’t seem to be a question about talent, there has been more than enough talent to go around over at QEA, with players coming from all over the country to play for Coach Pitts, but in the end, can they really say they have been receiving the true ‘quality education’ that they should be getting at the Quality Education Academy?

Will these kids really be able to get into the colleges that have been recruiting them and once they get in, will they be able to maintain proper/required academic status, based upon their background of learing from the QEA?

Again, this is a state-run charter school, so the state of North Carolina must also be held accountable for the type of education that these kids are receiving there….

Virginia Commonwealth, Wake Forset, St. Johns, these are just a few of the schools that the QEA basketball players are talking to and they are hoping to be able to attend and graduate from these universities, but according to the New York Daily News on-line, there are way too many questions about the ‘quality’ of education, that the kids attending the Quality Education Academy are receiving…..

You can take a look for yourself when you CLICK HERE for the NY Daily News on-line….


  • Interesting said,

    The same question has been raised concerning ORMA about grades. Over the past couple of years some of the student athletes who were failing
    in the public schools (in some cases failing every class) transferred to ORMA and miraculously begin to make A’s and B’s This makes you wonder
    just what kind of education they are receiving.

  • Tom said,

    Is anybody really shocked? These mills pop up all over the country so that athletes can get an easy education and qualify for college. Once they get to college, they are given tutors so they can be helped along. Are we really helping these kids? I don’t think so. As always, you are one injury from having your athletic career taken away from you. These kids should work as hard in the classroom as they do in their field of play. I am not naive enough to think this is going to happen, but this is what parents and students should be striving for.

  • ziggy said,

    Perhaps its “Lack of” Quality in Education at QEA…

  • BS said,

    I know Coach Pitts and he is a good guy and he loves his players… this article is BS.. anytime you work hard and excel… here they come to tear you down… he takes in troubled kids and gets them on the right path.. that is all you can ask for is to give kids to the oppertunities.. kids need a 2nd.. 3rd .. or 4th chance sometimes to get it right… A MAN WHO CHANGED HIS LIFE CANT HELP CHANGE YOUNG PEOPLES LIVES? What does his 20 years ago past have to do with the man today?

  • Just get an education ! said,

    Personally I support what these schools are doing at QEA and ORMA. I cannot speak to the level of education at either school. I also cannot speak to the level of education at Northern, Smith, Andrews, Eastern, Southwest, Dudley, etc… Neither can 98% of the people that are on this site or anywhere else in the city or area. We can only speak to the education that we rec’d and maybe our rival school at best. The universities that are giving these kids the opportunity obviously understand what these schools have to offer and they will give these kids the support system that is needed because they (meaning coaches and ADs) are depending on these kids making an impact on the field/court and getting through the classroom. If a university is willing to give a kid 1, 2 or whatever tutors to get thru, then excellent on the universities part for caring enough about the kid to help them make it. I just hope the kids have enough sense to take advance of their “second chances”. It is likely that many (if not all) of these kids do not come from “money” and these college offers will be their best (if not only) route out of poverty, poor neighbors and avoid a potential post high school life style that will destory their life.