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Spring/Summer 2014 Semester Enrollment Closed


Our next enrollment for general education classes (including GED/NEDP) will be for the Fall semester when we open as an adult public charter school. Please check back with us later in the summer for more information. To enter our educational programs candidates must be DC residents and over the age of 18. We look forward to serving you and thank you for your patience!



For more on our charter school transition, click here.


We Are Hiring!

Development Director

The Development Director is responsible for the overall development strategy and the day-to-day operations of the development program including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, corporate, foundation and government funders. This position is responsible for all aspects of fundraising and grants solicitation for Academy of Hope, totaling approximately $1 million. 

This position works in close collaboration with communications and advocacy team, and liaises regularly with key board members and volunteers.

Location: Academy of Hope in Ward 5 (zip 20017).  

Please review requirements and full job description here.

 To Apply:  Send resume and cover letter via email to by May 18th, using the subject line: Development Director. No Phone Calls Please.

Please send all questions and inquiries to



Washington Post columnist, Mr. Robert McCartney, visited Academy of Hope and talked to staff, teachers and students regarding the GED test and the implications of its recent overhaul.  Read his column "Changes in GED test make it harder for adults to get high school credential needed for jobs", published in hardcopy on March 30, 2014. 

"Escaping the Plight of the Working Poor"Deutsche Welle, Jan. 29, 2014

Academy of Hope's executive director, Lecester Johnson, is the recipient of the 2014 Legacy of a Dream Award, conferred by Georgetown University to recognize the region's emerging leaders who are making a difference in solving some of DC's most pressing challenges.  Watch this video about Lecester, her work and the award.


"Georgetown University Celebrates MLK with Dream Award: Academy of Hope Director to be Honored"The Washington Informer. Jan. 15,2014


We're part of the Giving Library!

The Giving Library is an online video catalogue of nonprofits aimed at helping philanthropists become informed and "give wisely". Check out the short videos about Academy of Hope

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