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Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2015!  

Interested in going back to school but not sure you're ready?  Wondering if Academy of Hope has the right program for you, your family member, friend or client?  
Come to one of our February Open Houses.
Southeast Day
February 3, 12:30-2 at 421 Alabama Ave, SE (202) 373-0246
Northeast Day
February 6, 10-12 at 601 Edgewood St, NE, Ste 25 (202) 269-6623
Northeast Evening
February 5, 5:30-7 at 601 Edgewood St, NE, Ste 25 (202) 269-6623

Apply Here

Our application deadline is February 13.  
The first step is to complete an application form:
For daytime classes at our Southeast Site (421 Alabama Ave, SE), click here or call 202-373-0246.
For daytime classes at our Northeast Site (601 Edgewood St, NE, Ste 25), click here or call 202-269-6623.
For evening classes at our Northeast Site, click here.
*You will need to prove DC residency. Click here for more information.




Academy of Hope will be a presenter at the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference, April 21-24. The session “Program Implementation: Using Yearlong Strategies to Approach GED 2014 Skills” will be lead by Instructional Director, Daquanna Harrison.

PBS NewsHour aired a segment on January 6, 2015 discussing the challenges of the new GED. Academy of Hope's Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson was a guest on the show.

WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza aired a piece on October 20, 2014 on "How D.C. Became a Leader in Adult Charter Schools," featuring Academy of Hope's Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson.

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. 

Academy of Hope's chief executive officer, 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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