Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School is celebrating over a decade of operation. We started with 25 students in September of 2009, operating out of a house owned by Peter Paul Development Center. Our enrollment grew to 35 students in the fall of 2010. We added a new 6th grade class in the fall of 2011 and moved into a school building on North 29th St. As of now, we are serving 112 students in grades 4-8 with plans of doubling our enrollment through a future building expansion.
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School is an independent, faith-based school providing full-tuition scholarships to 4th – 8th grade students of limited economic resources primarily from Richmond’s East End.
Through a program focused on the whole child, we help empower students and graduates to change the trajectory of their lives, setting their sights on success in high school, college, and serving their communities. We value all staff, parents and volunteers as integral to our success as a School and a ‘community of affection.’
Our vision is to provide students with the tools necessary to help ensure them the opportunity for a full and meaningful life. For many of our students, this will mean continuing on to college after high school graduation. For all of our students, it means developing the self-confidence, strength of character, academic skills and sense of hope needed to open the door to a promising future.
The Anna Cooper Episcopal School works to prepare graduates who:
- excel academically;
- persevere in the face of challenges;
- care for themselves and each other; and
- become leaders in their homes and communities.
The School’s small classes, structured support, extended school days, and religious foundation provide academic, social, and spiritual instruction in a nurturing environment. We challenge students to discover and develop the fullness of their individual gifts, a challenge we exhort them to meet through their own hard work. We seek to prepare graduates who will contribute actively to the society they will inherit. And while we honor individual achievement, we value most deeply those contributions which make the community stronger.
We also believe that the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School is a community which equally benefits its students and those who provide the resources to make it possible.
Every student who attends AJCES receives a full-tuition scholarship. This scholarship, worth $14,000 per year, is available every year the student is enrolled. Full-tuition scholarships cover all costs associated with educating students including teacher and staff salaries, textbooks and supplies, extra-curriculars, summer school and afterschool programs, athletics, meals, transportation, rent, etc.