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Our History

Hope Partnership for Education is a middle school and adult education center established to serve the residents of Eastern North Philadelphia.  Hope Partnership was founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy in 2002.  It is based on a model of education that originated at Nativity Mission Center in New York City in 1971. This model consists of small class size, extended school day and year, and high school support following graduation from 8th grade, with an emphasis on providing quality education to under-resourced communities.  Hope Partnership Middle School is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

A Brief History of Hope Partnership

January 14, 2001

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

September 2001- June 2002

Feasibility study funded by the Cassin Foundation affording the opportunity for collaboration with neighborhood residents and informing the direction of the education center

June 2002

Incorporation as a Non-Profit Organization and governing board established


After School Program established at 7th and Dauphin and infra-structure created

September 2004

First middle school class (grade 5) opened in rented space at RW Brown Community Center at 8th and Cecil B. Moore. Grades 6, 7, and 8 began in subsequent years

September 2005

Adult Education Program began

September 2008

Graduate Support Program established

June 2008

First graduating class of 8th grade students

May 2012

Hope Partnership celebrates its 10th Anniversary

June 2012

First class of Hope alumni graduate from high school

May 16, 2013

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

June 2017

First Hope alums graduate from college