Education is at the core of Esperanza’s mission. We believe education is the key to empowering our Hispanic communities.
Founded in 2000, Esperanza Academy Charter School exists to provide a high-quality education that prepares critically thinking, socially capable, spiritually sensitive and culturally aware young adults who can use English, Spanish and technology as tools for success in the 21st century.
Currently, Esperanza Academy serves 1000 students in grades 6-12. In the coming years, we plan to expand to complete the educational pipeline, so we can provide a seamless experience for grades K-14 (including Esperanza College).
We have a proven track record of success.
The graduation rate in the city of Philadelphia is approximately 57%. At Esperanza Academy, 94% of our student graduate on time in four years, and 68% of graduates enroll in college.
We are successful with students who, on average, do not have high rates of academic achievement.
Enrollment is conducted by lottery, and most students come from the low-income neighborhood surrounding our campus. Our student body is 99.6% minority – 98.2% Hispanic and 1.4% African American.
The poverty rate is above 80% every year, based on percentages of students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Nineteen percent (19%) of all students speak English as a Second Language. Sixteen percent (16%) of EA students have specialized learning needs.
Most incoming freshmen come from public middle schools currently in Corrective Action, and the majority of freshmen enter with 5th to 6th grade literacy levels.
We are successful because of our commitment to a high standard of excellence for every student.
During their academic career, all of our students must choose one of 16 concentrations, which include journalism, dance, visual arts, film, entrepreneurship, health sciences, and more. We lead Philadelphia charter schools with the highest number of AP course offerings.
Our extraordinary facilities include art, film, and dance studios, fully-equipped science labs, and an auditorium for student performances.
We offer robust student support services and individualized attention, including mentorship, tutoring, guidance counseling, and many after-school clubs and programs, such as sports, National Honor Society, choir, dance ensembles, and more.
We offer dual enrollment with Esperanza College, to help our students earn college credit early.
In 2013, US News and World Report ranked Esperanza Academy in the top 9% of all schools at both the state and national level. We have been recognized by the White House as a best-practice model in a 2010 report produced by the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
See the report here.
Esperanza Academy is growing!
In June 2012, we were approved to expand to include grades 6-8. In December of 2013 Esperanza Inc. sold a $32 million bond to Wall Street investors, to finance expansion of our campus facilities. In September of 2014, we’ll finish construction of our new middle school and increase enrollment to 1500 students in grades 6-12. Also this year we’ll apply to add grades K-5 to our outstanding institution!