School: Independent, faith-based full-tuition scholarship school serving students from limited financial resources in Richmond’s East End
Founded: 2009 – The Founding Board voted to name the School after Anna Julia Cooper on June 8th, 2009. Coincidentally, three days later the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor.
Grades Served: 4-8
Student Enrollment: 117
Structure: Single-gender classes with 14 boys & 14 girls in grades 6 and 7, 12 boys & 13 girls in grade 8, and 9 boys & 9 girls in grades 4 and 5. For the remainder of 2020, only half the student body will be in the building at one time. The boys attend in-person school for a week while the girls receive virtual instruction at home. The two groups then switch places the following week.
Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1 with class sizes no larger than 9
School Day: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM – 2:30PM (In-person hours)
Tuition: All students receive a full-tuition scholarship of approximately $14,000/year
Academic Focus: Heavy emphasis on reading, writing, and math. Other subjects include science, geography & history.
Community of Affection: Environment where students, families, faculty/staff, and volunteers feel cared for, welcomed, safe, nurtured, and challenged, and where all can make a contribution.
Admissions: Students are accepted based on the following important criteria:
Athletics: Historically, students in grades 6-8 are have been offered the opportunity to participate in the following sports:
Football, Basketball, Soccer, Pep Squad, Cheerleading, Swimming, Tennis, Squash
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided free of charge*
Summer Program: Four-week mandatory program takes place during the month of July
Colors – Green & Blue
Motto – Faith, Knowledge, Pride
Mascot – Lions
Graduate Placement and Support: Provided to eighth grade students and graduates along with their families to help facilitate the high school selection process as well as provide on-going support as they navigate high school and continue on a path to college and career.
Graduates: AJC has over 150 graduates who attend over a dozen different specialty, private and public schools throughout Richmond, VA. 100% of AJC’s first graduating class (Class of 2012) graduated high school and 70% enrolled in college.
Funding: Operating budget of $2.1 million is raised by private contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and churches.
Volunteers: The gifts of time, energy, and care are provided by an ever-growing number of volunteer supporters, without whom we would not be who or where we are today.
* Meal costs are supplemented by USDA funding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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