Thank you for considering supporting the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School. We have enjoyed some great successes during our first eight years, made possible through the volunteer and financial support of many friends from the Richmond community. The work is a great challenge and our aim is high: to help change the trajectory of the lives of the students and families we serve. You can learn a little more about us and about Anna Julia Cooper, our namesake, at www.ajces.org.
I feel this especially when I read or hear a student say, “It’s focused here. We get on task and keep on task from the moment we walk through the door. This is the right place for me. I know it’s a good school, and that I’m headed to college and a good job, if I stay on task.”
Or this student’s remark that “We treat each other differently here than at my old school. We are in a holy place and have respect for each other. We are learning to just walk away from arguments.” Now in our eighth year of operation, we'ver accomplished many things, large and small. You’re already read about many of them in other sections of our profile. But let me single out several groups who make our mission and vision a reality.
I’m so proud of our young students, who come with many strikes against them but who respond to consistent love and structure that allows them to learn their academics and helps them respond differently to life.
Our goal is to build AJCES into a beacon of hope on Church Hill, one that families seek out because we have a track record of successfully educating children.
Although we’re unique in Richmond, we benefit from the experience of successful schools around the nation with similar models and mission–like Epiphany School, Esperanza Academy, and members of the Nativity Miguel network.
Our small class sizes, longer school days, faith-based instruction, and an unrelenting focus on the care and nurture of each student combine to make a winning formula. The daily interactions our teachers, staff and volunteers have with each student and the family is where success is won - everything else we do is to support making those interactions successful and productive.
To learn more about the culture of our organization, I encourage you to get to know more about our namesake Anna Julia Cooper. I hope you enjoy learning about her as much as I have. A good place to start is our website. Thank you again for considering enabling our critical mission.
Gordon Wallace, Board Chair
We serve children in Richmond’s East End in Church Hill on the North side of Broad Street. This area includes Creighton, Fairfield, Mosby, and Whitcomb Courts. Most students come from families led by a single parent. High unemployment, low incomes, poor housing, lack of transportation, and under-performing schools are characteristic of the neighborhood where we draw the majority of our students.
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