Literacy statistics in DC are staggering: approximately one in five adults has less than a high school education, and more than one in three functions below the most basic literacy level. These numbers affect us all: there is a direct correlation between low literacy and poverty, and parents who have not graduated are much more likely to have children who drop out of school too. At Academy of Hope, they know that knowledge is power, so Adult Basic Education is where it starts: students gain real world skills in technology, math, reading, and writing. Some study for the GED, while others pursue rigorous IC3 computer certification or the National External Diploma Program that offers credit for life experiences. Academy of Hope guides current learners and graduates through resume writing, the identification of educational opportunities, and the process of applying for financial aid. Advanced students can create a personalized plan for the transition to college or a career. Academy of Hope brings real hope to this generation and the one that follows.

Awards & Recognition

2011 - Academy of Hope's Executive Director, Lecester Johnson, is the recipient of the 2011 Exponent Award given by the Meyer Foundation for Excellence in nonprofit leadership.

2011 - Temple Sinai Social Action Service Award, for Academy of Hope's dedication to bring high quality education and job support services for DC adults.

2014- Academy of Hope's executive director, Lecester Johnson, is the recipient of the 2014 Legacy of a Dream Award given by Georgetown University


    Budget (FY2015)

    • The current budget for Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School is: $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
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