Academy of Hope Adult PCS

Excellence in Adult Education Since 1985

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

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1991

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lecester Johnson

Main address

2315 18th Place NE

Washington, DC 20018 USA

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EIN

52-1730021

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

98 students responded to the survey

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

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Academy of Hope Adult PCS

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Kutner

Mark Kutner

American Institutes for Research

Y.K. Karen Leung

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Barbara Jumper

US Department of Transportation

Rachel Zinn

City of Baltimore

Lawrence Meyer

Todd Campbell

Darrell Darnell

Madi Ford

MidCity

Kermit Kaleba

National Skills Coalition

Julie Meyer

Joe Mitchell

Paul Sujik

The Great Courses

John Zoltner

FHI 360

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No