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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 16 boys & 16 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, Track

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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