Albert Academy

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Albert Academy
Motto Esse Quam Videri (Rather to be, than to seem)
Established 1904
Type Private school
Religion United Methodist Church
Headteacher Albert Kawa (principal)
Founder Ira Albert
Location Freetown
Sierra Leone
Gender Boys and girls until the 6334 system (but girls were only accepted into the "A" level program)
Ages 13–18
Albert Academy logo

The Albert Academy (AA) is a secondary school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It was founded on 4 October 1904 and named after American missionary Rev. Ira E. Albert. The school's motto is Esse Quam Vederi (Rather to be than to Seem). It is situated at Berry Street in Freetown. Among its alumni are Sierra Leone's first Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai and Sierra Leone's first president, Siaka Stevens.

The school is sometimes referred to as Mende Man College reflecting the fact that over the years students from the Mende tribe in Sierra Leone were overrepresented. AA students have also been referred to as Okamory Boys due to the area in which the school is located in Freetown. However, the school has students from everywhere in Sierra Leone and it is not restricted to any tribe.

Although the school has a Christian tradition, the United Methodist Church, students from all religious background can attend. It has alumni associations in the UK, USA and Freetown. The alumni associations make contributions to the school including, for example, giving scholarships and grants to students.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Sir Milton Margai, lead Sierra Leone to independence and became prime minister from 1961-1964
  • Siaka Stevens, First Executive President

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