27+ Years in the Community:
Founded in 1985, Academy of Hope is a leader in providing high-quality adult education services for adult learners in Washington, DC. Our students receive GED preparation, Adult Basic Education, computer training and college readiness in a supportive and empowering community. Academy of Hope runs a main campus in Ward 5 as well as an expanding satellite sites in Ward 8, and a fast-track program in Ward 6.
The Need for Adult Education
in Washington, DC is Critical:
- One of every three DC adults cannot read a newspaper, a map, or complete a job application.
- One out of five DC adults lack a high school diploma.
- Children of low-literacy adults are 5 times more likely to drop out of school.
While attending the Academy, many students are also fulfilling other real life obligations as parents, employees, and caregivers; they come to learn, and the Hope helps ensure that they maximize their time.
- Seventy-seven percent (77%) of our graduates report that they have enrolled in college, certificate programs, or vocational training. Seventy-four (74%) of these students anticipate completing their studies in the next three years.
- The percentage of our learners on public assistance dropped 85% after learners received credentials.
- Most of our adult learners enter reading below the 8th grade level, but through their dedication and our one-to-one approach, they study upwards of 500 hours in order to pass the GED exam.
of Hope’s Humble Beginning:
In 1985, Gayle Boss and Marja Hilfiker, both members of Church
of the Savior, decided to make a difference in their Washington, D.C. community. Armed with a few GED manuals and a small storefront sign that said “Academy of Hope” they setup for their first classes in the small guard room at the Ritz apartment building on Euclid Street in Adams Morgan.
Twenty-five years later, The Hope serves more than 450 Washington, D.C. adult learners annually. It continues to be a place that nurtures and supports book learning, as well as life learning, by providing high-quality education, technological literacy, and job skills training to low-income and at-risk adults.