Educational Institutions

The Neighborhood Academy

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.theneighborhoodacademy.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by preparing low-income youth for higher education. The Neighborhood Academy exists to provide a holistic college-preparatory education for students in grades 8-12 from low-income families. The Academy is dedicated to developing the minds, bodies, and spirits of our students so that they might become fully productive members of our society. By so doing, our students will break the cycle of generational poverty that has held them captive and deprived society of the full value of their lives.

Main Programs

  1. The Neighborhood Academy Education
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh and it's neighboring communities

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2000

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Ms. Josephine B. Moore

Co Principal Officer since 2000

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Rev. Thomas E. Johnson

Keywords

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low-income inner-city minority youth education college at-risk

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EIN

25-1816609

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Through thirteen years of educating low-income youth we have maintained a 100% college acceptance rate. Of our alumni, 85% have graduated within five years or are currently matriculated at four-year colleges and universities. Our six classes of college graduates are now employed in the Pittsburgh region in fields such as finance, health care, and social work, or otherwise taking their education even further (including one graduate in medical school and another who has completed an MBA program).Other accomplishments include: Accreditation from the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS);10 full Board of Governors Scholarships earned by the Class of 2013;A 10:1 student-teacher ratio; andAlumni who have been accepted to schools such as Penn State University (main and branch campuses), Chatham University, Carlow University, Grove City College, Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University, La Roche College, West Virginia University, University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown, Hampton University, and Temple University.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Neighborhood Academy Education

The Neighborhood Academy is the only private, college-preparatory high school (grades 8-12) in Pittsburgh that intentionally serves low-income, inner-city youth. Our unique approach includes an extended school day (8am-7:30pm), small classes, on-going communication with families, and a college-preparatory curriculum. We also provide counseling, transportation, three meals a day, and assistance with emergency needs like medical care. The breadth of our services is based on the belief that low-income students require support and structure outside of what is considered to be a "traditional" school day. The Academy admits students of any race, gender, national/ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-based programs.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$2,354,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh and it's neighboring communities

Funding Needs

Providing a year-round, extended-day education costs us approximately $20,000/year for each student. Because most parents and guardians only pay around $50/month in tuition, we rely significantly on contributions to provide scholarships to all of our students. These scholarship funds sustain the fundamental day-to-day operations of the school including transportation, three meals a day, after-school activities, faculty/staff, and facility maintenance.

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACADEMY
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Neighborhood Academy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Josephine B. Moore

Co Principal Officer

Rev. Thomas E. Johnson

BIO

Josephine B. Moore is the President and Co-Founder of The Neighborhood Academy. Founder and Principal-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh office of a regional interior architectural design firm, Jodie put her design career on hold to answer a call to ministry. In the late 1980s, supported by five East End churches, she started and led the Larimer Avenue Youth Club, three groups for inner-city youth in several distressed Pittsburgh neighborhoods. In 1998, after six years of partnering with Tom Johnson in founding and running a successful summer school for at-risk teens, the R.K. Mellon Foundation funded a study of successful inner city schools and the development of the business plan that would become The Neighborhood Academy. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Russian History and from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. The raising of her son has been her greatest pleasure and most exciting journey to date.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Growing up in blighted neighborhoods, where for generations there has been little hope or expectation of academic success, leaves many low-income youth apathetic and skeptical about the value of education. As a result education does not become the focal point of their lives, and is not considered to be a path to personal fulfillment, career satisfaction, or economic solvency. At The Neighborhood Academy we work hard to dispel the mind-set that education is futile. With constant encouragement and high expectations, students from The Neighborhood Academy make a calculated decision to choose a different path and make education their top priority. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Peter P. Leone Jr.

Massaro Corporation

Term: Mar 2001 - Mar 2010

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