LIFE³ Academy

Leaders Influencing Freedom & Excellence

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About Us

At LIFE³ Academy, our mission is to provide a holistic education to students of minority demographics, creating the next generation of leaders. We prepare students, Grades K-8, for a productive and successful future in academia, trades, and/or entrepreneurship through the execution of an innovative and culturally relevant dual curriculum - exposing students to their own efficacy through enlightenment & empowerment.

Kia Debnam

Kia Debnam is the academy leader. She believes in educating the whole child through holistic, self-exploratory pedagogy. She believes students can materialize their understandings of science, mathematics, and history through the creation of self-care products, horticulture, and community impact initiatives. She deems every student capable of changing the world around them given the tools and resources to hone their wealth of experience and knowledge into tangible skills.

Kia is an ongoing educator, and is currently an emerging school founder through the Freedom Fellows Institute. Using her background in TESOL and student advocacy, Kia is opening LIFE³ Academy, centered on empowering and enlightening students so that they develop the efficacy to create their own desired results ranging from college access, to trades and entrepreneurship.

Core Values


LIFE³ Academy builds on students’ vision of their own future, and provides the strategies and understanding of how to motivate and inspire others to engage in that vision.


The LIFE³ community values and promotes honesty and strong morality in all areas.


LIFE³ provides a safe, welcoming environment where all are encouraged and supported in being their most authentic selves.


LIFE³ equips teachers, staff, and students with the academic and social awareness and capital to produce their own desired results.


LIFE³ grants teachers and staff the audacity to be self-determined and autonomous. With educational exposure and permission to make mistakes, staff models for and grooms students to become self-aware, powerful, and catalysts of change.


LIFE³ believes that each day provides the opportunity to learn and grow. Staff and students take the time to reflect on what was learned and how it challenges and changes what is already known.

Core Beliefs

LIFE³ Academy is founded and committed to the following four core beliefs that guide toward our goals of academic excellence and strong student character:
  1. All students enter school with a wealth of knowledge rooted in culture, language, and personal experience. That knowledge should be built upon, not diminished, and serve as the foundation for which students learn to navigate the cultures of the world.
  2. A strong foundation of self- determination and self-advocacy is essential to student success in education and the professional world. All of our students are capable of reaching high levels of success. School should provide sufficient time for students to identify long term goals, and navigate ways of realizing them.
  3. Students’ physical and social emotional needs are a pre-requisite to higher order problem solving and rigorous academic achievement. When foundational needs of students are addressed, students can engage at their highest level and meet the cognitive demands required in the classroom.
  4. Direct exposure to local and national resources, beyond the student’s current experiences, provides students with the self-confidence and social capital needed to be competitive in the world.

Join LIFE’s Network!

Join a network of community leaders, families, & educators working together to create a productive learning environment and help us reach our goal of creating a productive learning institution. To get more information about LIFE³ Academy, how to support, or to register your child, please fill out one of the download able forms below. The opportunity to donate will be granted upon approval. For more details, please email

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To get more information about our circirulum, board, and educators. please fillout the Information request form link below.

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