About URBAN ACT Academy
Us Reaching, Benefitting, Aiding & Nurturing A Community Together
A public charter school in the heart of Indianapolis, URBAN ACT Academy helps students in grades K through 8 succeed. Our distinctive approach combines personalized learning, a place-based approach, and an empowered and engaged community of faculty, staff, and families.
Our Founder and Leader
URBAN ACT Academy is the vision of Nigena Livingston, a 2016 Mind Trust Innovation School Fellow with 15 years’ experience as an educator and school leader.
Nigena was the founding principal at Jacksonville Lighthouse Community School in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and principal at University Prep Middle School in Detroit. The latter was recognized as one of Detroit’s top elementary and middle schools, as well as a two-time “Beating the Odds” school—a distinction awarded to schools whose academic achievement exceeds expectations based on demographic characteristics.
Most recently, Ms. Livingston served as pre-service training director and lead effectiveness coach in Detroit for TNTP, a nonprofit working to address educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to socially and economically disadvantaged students.