When the Eagle Academy for Young Men opened in the Bronx in 2004 it was New York City's first all-boys public school in more than 30 years.

The all-male model was once seen as sexist and outdated. But it has been resurrected to serve a population of youths who advocates feared were likelier headed to prison than to college.

The Eagle Academy was seen as one solution: a network of all-boys schools in high-poverty neighborhoods.

Nine years after the Bronx school started there are additional Eagle Academies in Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, N.J. and Harlem.

Parents say they like the single-sex atmosphere because there are fewer distractions. But some of the boys say they would rather go to school with girls.