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: 102
Structure: Single-gender classes with 12 boys & 12 girls in 6th-8th grades, 9 boys & 9 girls in one 5th grade classroom, 6 boys and 6 girls in one 4th grade classroom
Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1 with class sizes no larger than 12 in grades 6-8
M, T, TH, F – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm;
W – 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Tuition: All students receive a full-tuition scholarship of approximately $13,000/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: Students in grades 6-8 are offered the opportunity to participate in the following sports:
Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Girls Lacrosse, Cheerleading, Archery, Swimming
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided free of charge*
Summer Program: Three-week mandatory program takes place during 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 75 graduates currently in high school 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 $1.5 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. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Services at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/