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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:

  1. Financial need
  2. Living in the East End of Richmond in proximity to the School
  3. Family commitment
  4. Siblings of a child already admitted to the School
  5. Male-female balance of a particular class
  6. Whether the School believes it will be able to serve the student well

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.

Anna Julia Cooper School
2100 North 29th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23223
(804) 822-6610
(804) 447-5784 (fax)
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