The Valiant Cross Experience

“We believe it is an opportunity gap, not an achievement gap that young, African American males are faced with and we intend to provide as many opportunities as possible to our scholars so they can reach their highest potential.” – Anthony Brock, Head of School

Valiant Cross Academy believes in providing opportunities outside the classroom to teach “Real World” experiences. We want our young men to apply what they are learning in the classroom and put it into action out in the community through hands-on experiences and service to others.

We have visited colleges and universities, corporations, museums, historic landmarks, plays, art museums, the ballet and much more to assure our scholars have the ability to see themselves in many different paths for their future.


Scholars take a number of trips throughout the year including field trips to notable locations throughout Alabama. Below are just a few.

  • Alabama State Capital
  • Alabama State Archives Building
  • Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Harriott II Riverboat
  • Capital City Club
  • Kiwanis Luncheon
  • District Attorney Daryl Bailey I-Lead
  • College Football Games
  • High School Sporting Events
  • Lawrence Street Library
  • Alabama Shakespeare Festival
  • Trip to see “Woodlawn”
  • Morehouse College
  • Alabama State University-Tours and Plays
  • STEM Saturdays
  • King Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Cumulus Radio Stations
  • Local Churches

Scholars at Valiant Cross Academy are offered various exploratory classes to further their exposure to the arts.

  • Scholars participate in art every Tuesday and Thursday with The King’s Canvas.
  • Scholars participate in music with Mr. Grissett and have the opportunity to join band.
  • Lunchroom Chats are held daily with various local professionals.
  • Scholars can also enjoy a coffee shop and an African American Literature Collection.

Community outreach is a large part of what we teach to our scholars. Community service work allows our young men to know they can make a difference in the lives of others and we hope to instill in them a path of civic engagement throughout their lives. Whether it is packing food boxes and delivering them to the needy or simply praying for the needy, our young men will be inspired to serve their community.

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