Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school where underserved girls from Lawrence are welcomed into an empowering learning community. Esperanza offers its students a transformative education that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with cocurricular programs in athletics, the arts, community service, cultural-enrichment, social skills, and spirituality. This holistic educational approach fosters the formation of each girl's intellect, character, confidence, and social consciousness.
The pride of Esperanza is its students: Girls who are willing to learn for almost 10 hours a day, 11 months out of the year, against challenging odds. The current high-school graduation rate in the City of Lawrence is 54%. The teenage-pregnancy rate is four times the state average. Ninety-one percent of Esperanza students speak a language other than English athome. Because Esperanza accept students using a lottery system, many of our students have never received the attention, nurturing and support they need to feel truly empowered. The results are that 70% of our graduates attend private high schools, many with full scholarships, 100% of our graduates graduate high school, and 80% of our graduates are enrolled in college.