Educational Institutions

Elijah House Academy

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.elijahhouseacademy.com

Mission Statement

The mission of Elijah House Academy is to provide an accessible choice in education that cultivates the hearts, minds, and bodies of our city's children for God's glory and Richmond's flourishing.

Main Programs

  1. Student Scholarship (full)
  2. Athletics Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Our long-term priority area is the at-risk youth in portions of the area defined by the 23224 and 23234 zip codes. Elijah House Academy is located near this target area on Jahnke Road. According to the 2010 census, this vicinity has a population of 76,450 people. The area is 59% African-American and 17% Hispanic. 30% of the population makes less than $25,000 a year. The community has over 16,193 children that would be benefited by our caring and disciplined program. Our main focus within the target area is the St. John's Wood, Southwood and Broadrock Communities.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Mr. Jesse Gemmell Kell

Keywords

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inner-city, non-profit, Christian school, value-based, Kindergarten through 12th grade, Richmond, VA

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Also Known As

EHA

EIN

54-1522331

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Protestant (X21)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The goal of Elijah House Academy is to assist parents with the education of their children by creating a safe, affordable, value-based educational alternative conducted in a disciplined setting. Elijah House has a proven record of developing young men and women into disciplined students with character and integrity. 100% of the Academy's high school graduates have been accepted into four-year colleges and universities. This last school year over 66% of EHA students were in the ABC Club (made all As, Bs or Cs), Honor Roll (made all As and Bs), or Scholar Roll (straight As). Education is the number one indicator of upward social mobility. There is a direct correlation between the level of education and the reduction of crime and generational poverty.Every student at Elijah House participates in an award-winning economics program, School as a Marketplace. Based on the conviction that every child has a ""job"" (to be a student), our economics program is designed to empower students with a choice. Good choices are awarded merits, and the accumulation of merits provides further opportunities to shop at the school store or participate in a school trip. The consequence of poor choices is the removal of earned merits. This instills the concept of opportunity cost and the importance of managing your choices well. Through this program, EHA students also learn the value of a positive work ethic, stewardship and gain an understanding of how to be successful in the marketplace.As we begin our 287th-year educating underserved children in the City of Richmond, we are aware that many more children need our services. Our goal for the 2016-2017 academic year is to continue to provide an excellent education and to increase our student body, thus having a greater positive impact on our city.

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

Student Scholarship (full)

Each student at Elijah House Academy pays a percentage of the total tuition, based on a sliding scale of household income. Most students pay between $20 and $120 a month.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 2

Athletics Program

The purpose of the athletic program at Elijah House Academy is to foster physical development and athletic skills while teaching the value of personal discipline, character, commitment, and the subordination of self-interest to the higher goal of team achievement. This growing athletic program includes middle and high school girls volleyball, middle and high school boys soccer, and middle and high school boys and girls basketball teams. The school partners with UTurn, Blue Sky Fund, Camp Hope, and First Things First to make the sports and after-school programs operate. Our student-athletes compete in the Capital City Athletic Conference.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$10,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The mission of Elijah House is to provide a Christ-centered and accessible choice in education that cultivates the hearts, minds, and bodies of our city's children for God's glory and Richmond's flourishing. EHA assists parents by empowering them with a choice in their child’s education. The necessity and value of this choice is best understood within the context of the typical environment found in these inner-city communities. The attention, nurture, structure, and discipline necessary for success in our society are often replaced with neglect, brokenness, and illicit behavior. Without intervention these youth will likely pattern their lives after the negative peer culture surrounding them. Our goal is to provide Richmond children a safe, academically challenging, quality education that is value based. The Academy offers Kindergarten through Twelfth grade.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    • Every student at Elijah House participates in an award-winning economics program, School as a Marketplace. Based on the conviction that every child has a “job” (to be a student), our economics program is designed to empower students with a choice. Good choices are awarded with merits and the accumulation of merits provides further opportunities to shop at the school store or participate in a school trip. The consequences of poor choices are a removal of earned merits. In both situations we are attempting to instill in the child the idea of opportunity cost and the importance of managing your choices well.

    • When a child enters Elijah House Academy, every parent is required to attend parent orientation. At that time, we “envision” the parent, sharing a “success track” for their child. This increases the likelihood of the child completing our rigorous program. At EHA, we set the academic bar high and call the children up. We are a “homework everyday” school. We have found that if a parent sees the “success tract” and where it leads (financial, emotional, and social success), we are able to enthusiastically partner with both parents and children.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Elijah House Academy’s students have escaped the failure so many predicted. In 2009 the Academy welcomed four EHA graduates onto its Board of Advisors. These professionals are a living testimony to the school’s success in training children to be positive, respectful, and lawful citizens. One of these board members works at VCU’s Mary and Frances Youth Center, another is a CPA, a third is at Altria, and a fourth is in the Secret Service at the White House.

    As the new century dawned, the Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan to return the school to its roots in the heart of the city and to expand so that 200 children can be enrolled in the next few years. Last summer, EHA found a perfect fit for space and academic instruction. The property on the Southside area of Richmond has seventeen spacious classrooms, a chapel, an administrative cottage, and beautiful grounds. It is an optimal space for instruction, and provides a safe and protected environment in which our students can learn and grow. EHA’s athletic program includes middle and high school girls volleyball, middle school boys soccer, and high school boys and girls basketball. The school partners with the Boys and Girls Club, Blue Sky Fund, Camp Hope, STEP, U-Turn, and First Things First to make the sports and after-school programs operate. Thus far, 100% of the Academy’s high school graduates have been accepted into four-year colleges and universities.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We use our TerraNova testing scores as one of the many indicators of our students success. In 4th grade reading tests, 40% of EHA’s students showed “high mastery” in 2013 compared to 34% in 2012. Even more impressively, the national proficiency rate was 32%, the African-American national proficiency rate was 16%, and the poverty-level proficiency was 18%. Our results are more than double our most parallel equivalents. Then, in 8th grade math testing, 22% of EHA’s students showed “high mastery” in 2013 compared to 39% in 2012. The national proficiency rate was 34%. However, we were still significantly stronger than our equivalent student population, which was 13% for African-Americans and 19% for poverty-level students. TerraNova tests are not proficiency tests; therefore, direct comparisons cannot be made with tests designed to measure proficiency. TerraNova does, however, provide information for each student about mastery levels on each objective measured. This data can be used as a general guideline to view our students in a broader national context. Nationally, 4th grade reading and 8th grade math are used as markers for this purpose. Data is given as percentages. Overall, EHA shows improvement since last year and better results than the national, African-American, and poverty level students. Our goal is to improve this percentage steadily each year. (National comparison data is provided by the 2013 Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-being, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.)
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    One of our biggest accomplishments is our college acceptance rate. Thus far, 100% of the Academy’s high school graduates have been accepted into four-year colleges and universities. One of our key priorities this year, and in the years to come, is teacher certification which would offer the Academy the opportunity to become fully accredited.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Our long-term priority area is the at-risk youth in portions of the area defined by the 23224 and 23234 zip codes. Elijah House Academy is located near this target area on Jahnke Road. According to the 2010 census, this vicinity has a population of 76,450 people. The area is 59% African-American and 17% Hispanic. 30% of the population makes less than $25,000 a year. The community has over 16,193 children that would be benefited by our caring and disciplined program. Our main focus within the target area is the St. John's Wood, Southwood and Broadrock Communities.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Elijah House Academy's most pressing need is student scholarships. EHA primarily serves students from economically disadvantaged families. 40% of the children we serve are below 100% of poverty. 44% of the children we serve are between 100% and 200% of poverty, and 8% are between 200% and 300% of poverty. Therefore, only a small portion of our expenses are covered by tuition payments (approximately 15%). For the balance of our funding needs, EHA is completely reliant on donations from those who support our mission. For the 2016-2017 school year, the Academy expects an enrollment of 130 students. This has stretched our ability to raise the needed funds to continue to expand in this next academic year. A full scholarship, including books and tuition, costs $10,000.00.EHA also needs a new playground. Our current playground is insufficient for the number of students now enrolled at the school. While safe, the equipment is outdated and does not afford the creative play that is developmentally appropriate.

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ELDAH HOUSE ACADEMY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Elijah House Academy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jesse Gemmell Kell

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Elijah House Academy community has been working hard for the last twenty-eight years to provide the parents of economically disadvantaged children of our city with a choice in education, offering their children an excellent education in a protected environment. We have some good news and some bad news. Bad News: There are nearly 600 urban school districts in America. An urban district is defined as ""one in which 75% or more of households served are in the central city of a metropolitan area."" Not a single district was considered academically successful. Over 12 million children attend schools in urban districts. Two-thirds or more of poor, urban school children failed to reach even basic levels on national tests. "Urban students perform worse, on average, than children who live outside central cities on virtually every measure of academic performance." The longer they stay in school, the wider the gap grows. Good News: This last school year, 66% of the students at EHA were in the ABC Club (made all As, Bs or 's), Honor Roll (made all As and Bs), or Scholar Roll (straight As). 100% of our graduates are accepted into colleges and universities. At EHA, the educational gap between suburban and inner-city children is closing. Grace and Peace, Jesse Kell"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Sally Mitchell

Cross Over Ministries

Term: July 2016 - June 2019

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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