Educational Institutions

The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans dba AAMA

aka AAMA

Houston, TX


AAMA inspires and empowers Latinos to pursue and achieve their potential.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mr. Joe Jimenez

Main Address

6001 Gulf Freeway, Building E

Houston, TX 77023 USA


High School, Middle School, Pre-Kingergarten, At-risk youth, Hispanic/Latino, Substance abuse treatment and prevention, Adult Education, GED, ESL, Civics.





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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AAMA's mission is to inspire and empower at-risk Latinos to pursue their potential and achieve success, and our vision is a community of Latinos who have achieved economic independence through increased college graduation rates, better preparation for participation in the workforce, and a reduction in the number of lives affected by substance use. AAMA's Sanchez Charter School, founded in 1973, has served thousands of students.
AAMA's unique model of wrap-around services includes a Nationally Accredited Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Development Program, Adult Education - offering the opportunity to learn English Language Skills, GED Preparation Skills - and AAMA's Prevention and Counseling Program that includes both residential and outpatient treatment as well as an award-winning HIV Prevention program. These programs serve Houston, San Antonio and Laredo.

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Sanchez Charter School

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AAMA strives to put systems and processes in place to ensure we, as an organization, are advancing the opportunities for Latinos in our communities. With that said, our mission “to Inspire and Empower Latinos to reach their potential and achieve success" is even more relevant now than it was 47 years ago. We aim to accomplish a comprehensive service model that focuses on Education, Workforce Readiness, and Healthy Communities through our Prevention and Counseling Centers and Health Services Programs. This “wrap-around" service model is unique to what we do and are known for. Our goal is to replicate this model in in other Houston communities and beyond by building additional schools and the comprehensive services around these schools moving forward.

Relying on our excellent reputation that we have earned while serving our community for 47 years, our strategy is to ensure our community learns about AAMA. We have been Houston's best kept secret for too long – and it is time for AAMA to be at the forefront of many initiatives in our community. We will do that through strategic partnerships with local educational institutions, employers and Corporate Partners. Our TRUE strength is our people! When you work at AAMA, you are brought in understanding and expecting to “serve," and you quickly realize that we are a culture that is aligned with what our mission. We leverage our financial strength, good credit history, and excellent scores to the best of our ability. Strategically, we are positioned to be a much larger organization. We are working towards improved fund development, a future capital campaign and strategic growth in the school business and other services. We foster excellence each and every day.

Our capabilities are characterized by a long history of proving these services to our community. We are very proud to be a first generation Charter School (one of the first 12 to become a charter in Texas). We routinely score high marks with TEA and our strength is our excellent reputation around the community. We have partnered for years with some of Houston's top corporate and public companies. Our schools are top-notch, our Health Services are award winning, and our financial strength is solid. We work together for the betterment of the communities we serve.

We know we are making progress by our measures, metrics and indicators that we consistently track. Besides using State and Federal metrics that are required, we have an internal quality improvement process and a quality management process that we ourselves measure against. Success is a “moving window;" we adjust accordingly and strive for excellence every day to make sure we're moving the needle forward. Our progress is well documented.

In the last 47 years, we have accomplished a lot. Some initiatives we are very proud of include our ability to educate Houston's high-risk students and mold their experience both in education and in life. We understand that education MUST BE individualized; many times in the students' native language. It is about learning to become productive citizens. We are proud to serve over 800 students (middle school and high school) annually, and we are most proud of the fact that we graduate 100 seniors or so students a year. Our high graduation rate coupled with our workforce training for some of these students is something that truly sets us apart from everyone else. This would not be possible if it wasn't for our holistic approach to health service treatment, and substance use prevention, treatment and counseling. The service that our residential facilities and our methadone clinic provide is excellent. We believe it very much aligns with our model of service. This whole approach (our model) is what has a directly proportional impact on our students, our clients and their families. One of our major accomplishments was starting and growing our North Campus School on Rittenhouse. This is the second campus AAMA operates, and we are looking forward to growing it into a full-scale high school in the coming years. AAMA has also signed its first ever managed care provider contract with Community Health Choice. We look forward to expanding our outreach in health services by becoming providers with the many different insurance companies that serve Houston. Our Adelante adult education program is also part of our backbone. With its high quality Adult Education and Workforce Readiness program, Adelante allows our students to have a continuum of their education focused on workforce. It offers a Certificate Program in Medical Billing and Office Professional (MBOP) and provides career pathways for our students. We are currently evaluating other high level certificate programs we can offer in the near future.

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Affiliations & Memberships

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate



The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans dba AAMA

Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

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