Esperanza Academy Public Charter High School is dedicated to providing a 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.
History of Esperanza
In 1987, Esperanza, a community development organization located in North Philadelphia, was established with the purpose of strengthening Hispanic communities. At the core of its mission, both then and today is education – the key to empowering communities to improve their conditions. Esperanza believes that education positions individuals and families to become economically stable and lead healthy, productive lives. Esperanza’s passion and dedication to education has permeated the organization since its early years when Esperanza launched an aggressive program committed to the betterment of educational attainment for our community.
To achieve this commitment, Esperanza College was created in partnership with Eastern University. Esperanza College of Eastern University is a two year federally recognized Hispanic serving institution offering Associate's Degrees in Accounting, Community and Human Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Middle Level Education: Math and Science. Today, Esperanza College has over 200 students and boasts a 68% graduation rate; with 64% of its graduates choosing pursue a Bachelor's Degree.
Following the success of Esperanza College, Esperanza Academy Charter School, a four-year, comprehensive college preparatory high school, was established. Today, more than 750 students in grades 9-12 attend classes that are individualized, engaging, and culturally relevant. Additionally, Esperanza Academy prepares its students through 13 “majors” which include Visual Arts, Dance, Film, Instrumental Music, Voice, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Teacher Education, Journalism, Engineering and Health Sciences.
In 2011, Esperanza Academy was granted a class of 25, 6th grade students and during the summer of 2012 was awarded a full middle school. Esperanza Academy now boasts an enrollment of over 1,400 students between grades 6-12.
Esperanza Academy Charter School offers a quality education that prepares critically thinking, socially capable, spiritually sensitive and culturally aware young adults who can use English and Spanish while providing an academically rigorous, yet flexible, online learning program that tailors learning experiences to each child.