Educational Institutions

Academy of Hope Adult PCS

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.aohdc.org

Mission Statement

Academy of Hope's mission is to provide high quality education and services that change lives and improves our communities.

Main Programs

  1. Adult Basic Education (ABE)/GED
  2. National External Diploma Program
  3. Digital Literacy & Computer Training
  4. Career Counseling & Career Development
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

ruling year

1991

Chief Executive Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Lecester Johnson

Keywords

Self-reported

adult education, GED, computer training, at-risk adults, social justice, low income adults

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EIN

52-1730021

 Number

5759938129

Physical Address

601 Edgewood Street NE Suite 25

Washington, DC 20017

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Academy of Hope creates lasting impact in our community by offering tailored educational services for adults who, due to low-literacy and insufficient basic skills, are not able to find or retain living-wage employment and are often trapped in a cycle of poverty. We believe education is transformative and the first crucial step in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Increased incomes: 50% of graduates earn over $30,000/year (compared to 10% prior to entering Academy of Hope).
Further education: 60% of our graduates continue to post-secondary education or vocational training.
Better equipped parents: 53% of learners with children report being more engaged in their children's education.
Improved housing & civic engagement: Many have improved their housing situation, including purchasing their own home, while others report being more involved in the community.

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

Adult Basic Education (ABE)/GED

Our small classes and one‐on‐one tutoring
provide individualized, contextualized
instruction. ABE classes have
a strong emphasis on life and work
skills, and the GED covers the five subject
areas of the GED and test‐taking strategies.
Instruction is provided in all subject areas found on the GED exam: math, science, writing, social studies, and literature. Students in our GED program generally have reading and math skills above 8th grade.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 2

National External Diploma Program

This program provides learners an alternative means of earning a DC high school diploma by building on significant life and work experiences and skills. NEDP learners are required to demonstrate mastery of 65 general competencies in reading, writing and math by applying them to various life and work contexts. They must also demonstrate an individualized competency through work experience or by completing a training program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Digital Literacy & Computer Training

Computer classes are incorporated in our program
offerings and range from basic computer training to more advanced industry‐recognized certifications in Microsoft Office and IC3 (Internet Computing Core Certification), both of which enhance employment potential.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Career Counseling & Career Development

The range of career support services are designed to help adult learners identify and understand their unique strengths and abilities, gain a better
understanding of their academic and vocational needs, establish career goals and develop an individualized plan to achieve their goals. Pathways to Success helps advanced students and graduates transition toward either college or a career. Every student attends a series of workshops and is assigned a personal advisor who, together with the student, crafts a personalized Professional Development Plan, which tracks goals and ensures that all Pathways programming fits student needs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Expanding our services to adult learners and our “reach" by serving a larger and more diverse population of learners.
    Ensuring that the organization is focused on understanding changing labor market needs and communicating those needs to adult learners through our curriculum and service design,
    Ensuring that the organization is a regional leader in implementing innovative approaches to quality service delivery that connects education and workforce, and
    Ensuring that the organization is sustainable into the future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    ACADEMY OF HOPE IS A STRONG, RESILIENT ORGANIZATION WITH THESE CHARACTERISTICS:
     Credibility: strong reputation as leader in field
     Longevity and sustainability (30+ years)
     Philosophy: we address the “whole person"
     Dedicated staff, volunteers, board, and students
     Committed funders, including D.C. charter board, SSE, private foundations, individuals, and others
     Culture and working conditions (e.g. collaborative, low turnover, etc.)
     Well managed and focused on mission
     Diverse in its learner populations by providing services
    for individuals with disabilities or low literacy skills or who are learning English
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    There are four key drivers of strategy and planning for the next five years. They reflect our goals/objectives for the future and insights about how to leverage our strengths and experience to overcome barriers or threats.
    1. Management. Sound internal management and focus, balanced with attention to mission.
    2. Programmatic Strength. Strong programs with well‐integrated systems across instruction, learner services,
    and accountability.
    3. Culture. High quality climate for adult education, to build and maintain enrollment and ensure learner
    success.
    4. Resources. Human and fiscal resources will drive long‐term sustainability.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. AoH continues to be a Tier 1 adult education charter school.
    2. AoH is a thought leader and drives research in adult education.
    3. AoH has expanded more deeply in Washington DC and into Prince George's County MD.
    4. AoH has advocated for policy change resulting in positive changes for adult education in the Washington DC region.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Academy of Hope met or exceeded all but two of our student achievement expectations and came very close to meeting an ambitious student progress goal for beginning literacy learners. Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Adult & Family Education expects 38 percent of adults entering a sub-grantee's program at the Beginning Literacy level to complete that level. We set our goal at 70 percent and came within one percentage point of meeting it. Similarly, we set high goals for our adult
    basic education learners in terms of grade-level gains. We aimed for two grade-level gains, and 48 percent of our adults met this high bar. Almost three-quarters of our adults made one grade-level gain.
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

Social Media

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Funding Needs

Workforce development and career pathway support

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Financials

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ACADEMY OF HOPE ADULT PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Academy of Hope Adult PCS

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lecester Johnson

BIO

Lecester Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School. Ms. Johnson joined Academy of Hope in 2006. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to two locations with education centers located in Ward 5 and Ward 8. Academy of Hope has also more than doubled the number of individuals graduating with a high school credential, won adult public charter school status and has increased its revenue from $650,000 in 2006 to now over $5 million.

A long time, passionate advocate for quality adult education and workforce development services, Ms. Johnson is known for her innovation and visionary leadership. She has developed and operated several award winning education and workforce development programs for individuals who face the most significant barriers to education and economic self-sufficiency. She is also a founding board member of the Workplace DC and The DC Adult and Family Literacy Coalition. Ms. Johnson holds Masters and Education Specialist degrees in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University. She is also a Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE).

STATEMENT FROM THE Chief Executive Officer

"Adult Education in DC and nationally is imperative. Academy of Hope is an adult public charter school in Washington D.C., offering excellence in adult education since 1985. Our mission is to provide high quality education and services that change lives and improve our communities. At Academy of Hope, students become part of a learning community where everyone is valued, adds value and is both a teacher and a learner. Our curriculum is experiential and focuses on life skills, which means that students can immediately begin applying what they're learning to their own lives—and reap the benefits."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patrina Clark

Pivotal Practices Consulting LLC

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?