Academy of Hope is an adult public charter school in Washington D.C., offering excellence in adult education since 1985. As a Washington, DC-based workforce development and adult education provider, our mission is to provide high quality adult education and services that change lives and improve our communities. Our work focuses on helping DC residents gain skills and knowledge through education and career training that will enable them to pursue viable paths to economic self-sufficiency.
Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School (AoH) expressly embraces people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, ages, sexual orientations, religions/spirituality, and backgrounds. We strive to create an inclusive environment where race, seen and unseen disabilities, and other identifiers do not pre-determine one’s future but rather where everyone is valued and adds value.
Throughout history, marginalized people have fought for their rights to freedom, justice, and education. The American education system continues to be plagued by discrimination, homophobia/transphobia, classism, and racism. There are still policies, procedures, and practices that negatively impact members of these communities.
As an adult public charter school, AoH acknowledges history and the impact it continues to have in the present. We are focused on creating a more just and fair future for our communities. AoH recognizes the economic burden of education access; we offer a free comprehensive education along with a transportation subsidy for DC residents. We show support to our LGBTQIA+ community by opening the doors for gender identity and “Safe Zone” training because we know that gender is not binary. Every day we challenge inherent bias and racism so that we are more conscious of white-dominant culture and the black- and brown-experience. The AoH community understands that both seen and unseen disabilities should be treated with equal priority. We continue to adopt new practices and develop a climate that is welcoming. We are changing every day.
Our charge is to provide avenues and tools to combat systemic racism within Academy of Hope’s walls and beyond. Through education, we hope to equip our community members to advocate against and challenge systemic racism. We hope to share knowledge with others in our sector and beyond.