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Our History

Serving North Philadelphia since 2002

Hope Partnership for Education was founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and Sisters of Mercy, with input from community residents, on the ideals that every Philadelphian should have access to a quality educational experience.

The instructional model originated at Nativity Mission Center in New York City in 1971 and promotes small class sizes, extended learning time during the school day and in the summer, and high school support with an emphasis on providing quality education to historically under-resourced communities.

Today, Hope Partnership for Education is a trusted education center that offers small class sizes and after-school enrichment for middle school students, working in collaboration with other organizations in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood in service to the community.

A Brief History of Hope Partnership

January 14, 2001

Meeting of founding communities to explore possibility of establishing an independent middle school in North Philadelphia


September 2001- June 2002

Funded by the Cassin Foundation, a Feasibility Study was completed in partnership with neighborhood residents to inform the education center’s mission

June 2002

Hope Partnership for Education is incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization and the first Governing Board is established



Hope launches first program, After-School Enrichment, at 7th and Dauphin streets

September 2004

Hope launches the first 5th grade class in rented space at R.W. Brown Community Center


September 2005

Hope launches the Adult Education program

September 2008

Hope launches the Graduate Support Program


June 2008

Hope Partnership School graduates the first class of 8th grade students


Hope Partnership School incorporates Physical Education, Music, and Art into core curriculum


May 2012

Hope Partnership for Education celebrates its 10th Anniversary

June 2012

Hope Partnership School celebrates the first alumni group to graduate high school


May 16, 2013

Hope moves into its own home at 2601 N. 11th Street

June 2017

First Hope Partnership School alumni graduate from college


Hope Partnership School Faculty adopt Google Classroom and secure two Chromebooks per student, one for home and one for school

March 2020

Hope Partnership School seamlessly transitions to remote learning due to strong communication channels with parents/guardians and technology access

September 2021

Full return to in-person learning for Hope Partnership School