Marva Collins

Marva Collins (born August 31, 1936) is an American educator who in 1975 started Westside Preparatory School in Garfield Park, an impoverished neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. She ran the school for more than 30 years until it closed in 2008 due to lack of sufficient enrollment and funding. She is famous for applying classical education successfully with impoverished students, many of whom had been wrongly labeled as learning disabled by public schools. She once wrote, "I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities." She has written a number of manuals, books and motivational tracts describing her history and methods, and currently (2006) has a website and public speaking service. She was most widely publicized in the 1981 biographical TV movie The Marva Collins Story starring Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman. Collins was born in Monroeville, Alabama. She graduated from Clark College (now known as Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta, Georgia. She taught school for two years in Alabama, then moved to Chicago, where she taught in public schools for fourteen years.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 31st, 1936
United States of America


1. Clark Atlanta University Colleges/University

Clark Atlanta University is a private, historically black university in Atlanta, Georgia. It was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College (founded in 1869) and Atlanta University (founded in 1865). Clark Atlanta University is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Type Private school
2010. 42.2 mil. $
Institution colors
July 1st, 1988
223 James P Brawley Drive, S.W., 30314 - Atlanta, Georgia
2010. 3,267
2009. 3,202
2010. 674
Acceptance rate
2010. 72.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 17.2 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

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People attended Clark Atlanta University connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1936., U.S. Congressperson
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