Motto: “Esse Quam Videri” Rather to be than to seem
Freetown Sierra Leone
Albert Academy was originally founded on 4thOctober 1904 and was originally situated in East Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The school was named after an American missionary, Reverend Ira E. Albert who drowned in a boating accident.
The school was started with four students:
Then there was only one tutor – Mr L Turner.
Three years later, with an increased student population, the foundation for the current school was laid in 1907 in Berry Street in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Today, there are well over 2,000 pupils with a staff of 126 providing high quality education for boys aged 11 – 18 allowing academic success to take place within a stimulating and disciplined environment which encourages full development of abilities, personality & talents. Until recently, the school also catered for girls alongside boys on the A-Level program, unfortunately girls stopped attending because of the lack of toilet facilities in the school. No doubt, the girls will return when this situation is rectified. We are actively looking for donors to support this objective.
The school is one of the most successful institutions of learning in the country if not West Africa. It is a forward-looking and progressive school which celebrates its long and distinguished history, its reputation for high academic and extra-curricular achievements combined with the best traditions of multiculturalism and religious tolerance. The latter traits were espoused by one of our most distinguished alumnus who went on to become Prime Minister and then first Executive President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Siaka Stevens in his book “What Life Has Taught Me”
Another famous alumnus, if not the most famous, is the man who led Sierra Leone to independence & became the first Prime minister of Sierra Leone from 1961-1964, Sir Milton Margai
Although the school is based on a Christian ethos through it’s tight link to the United Methodist Church, students from all religious background are warmly welcome and are richly represented – in a truly microcosmos of the country.
The history of Sierra Leone is richly endowed with distinguished alumni from the school’s educational prowess and expansive tolerance – proving beyond all reasonable doubt the efficacy of successful multiculturalism.
The school is highly fortunate in having highly effective Alumni organisations in Freetown, United Kingdom & the USA; however these organisations can only continue to be effective by your invaluable support & contribution.
The school is a highly conducive environment for educational elevation; unfortunately, the opportunity is not available to all of those gifted & talented children whose parents cannot afford the government set school fees. For $100 or £70, you can educate a deserving child for a whole academic year. This amount covers tuition fees, books and school uniform. All contributions of whatever amount, makes a significant difference to the margin of a child’s destiny & therefore his life, a child who is an innocent victim of unfortunate circumstances beyond his control.
Will you make a difference today? Please help a deserving bud blossom educationally into a beautiful flower..
1904 - 1914: Mr. R. P. Daugherty
1904 - 1914: Mr. R. P. Daugherty
1914 - 1921: Mr. D. E. Wielder
1921 - 1922: Mr. L. M. Embree
1923 - 1925: Mr. Z. B. Mingrey
1925 - 1926: Mr W. N. Martin
1927 - 1939: Mr G. T. Rosslot
1939 - 1959: Dr. R. E. Kelfa-Caulker
1959 - 1961: Rev. L. O. Shirley
1961 - 1985: Mr. Max A. Bailor
1986 - 2002: Mr. A. K. Sellu
2002 - Present: Mr. A. Kawa (Senior School)
2004 - Present: Mr. F. Coker (Junior School)
The school song
1. O sing for Academy ye true lads,
1 Softly now the twilight fallsO'er the Hills and grey stone wallsThrough the campus dark and deepNow the evening shadows creepComrades gather side by sideIn the dusky evening tideNeath the sun's declining raysLift their hymns of evening praise.