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At a Glance


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:  2-8

Student Enrollment: 144

Structure: Single-gender classes with 14 boys & 14 girls in grades 6, 7, & 8, 9 boys & 9 girls in grades 4 and 5, and 6 boys & 6 girls in grades 2 and 3.

Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1 with class sizes no larger than 18

School Day: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Tuition:  All students receive a full-tuition scholarship of approximately $17,000/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 are 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 eighth grade students and graduates along with their families to help facilitate the high school selection process as well as provide on-going support as they navigate high school and continue on a path to college and career.

Graduates:  AJC has over 170 graduates who attend over a dozen different specialty, private and public schools throughout Richmond, VA.  100% of AJC’s first graduating class (Class of 2012) graduated high school and 70% enrolled in college.

Funding:  Annual operating budget of $3 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.

* Meal costs are supplemented by USDA funding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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