School: Independent, faith-based full-tuition scholarship school serving students from limited financial resources in Richmond’s East End
Founded: 2009 – The Founding Board voted to name the School after Anna Julia Cooper on June 8th, 2009. Coincidentally, three days later, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor.
Grades Served: K-8th
Student Enrollment: 185
Structure: Single-gender classes with approximately 14 boys & 14 girls in grades 6, 7, & 8;
9 boys & 9 girls in grades 3-5, and 6 boys & 6 girls in grades K-2.
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1 with class sizes no larger than 18
School Day: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuition: All students receive a full-tuition scholarship of approximately $17,500/year
Academic Focus: Heavy emphasis on reading, writing, and math. Other subjects include science, geography & history.
Community of Affection: Environment where students, families, faculty/staff, and volunteers feel cared for, welcomed, safe, nurtured, and challenged, and where all can make a contribution.
Admissions: Students are accepted based on the following important criteria:
Athletics: Historically, students in grades 6-8 have been offered the opportunity to participate in the following sports:
Football, Basketball, Soccer, Pep Squad, Cheerleading, Swimming, Tennis, Squash
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided free of charge
Summer Program: Four-week mandatory program takes place during the month of July
Colors – Green & Blue
Motto – Faith, Knowledge, Pride
Mascot – Lions
Graduate Placement and Support: Provided to 8th grade students and graduates along with their families to help facilitate the high school selection process as well as provide ongoing support as they navigate high school and continue on a path to college and career.
Funding: Annual operating budget of $4 million is raised by private contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and churches.
Volunteers: The gifts of time, energy, and care are provided by an ever-growing number of volunteer supporters, without whom we would not be who or where we are today.