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In 2014, Academy of Hope transitioned to being powered by 100% clean energy. Our partner, Groundswell, featured Academy of Hope and our efforts to use this switch as a learning experience for our whole community in a recent post.

On June 11, Academy of Hope was proud to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2015! This was our first graduating class that passed the new, more challenging GED and NEDP. Video clips  and photos from the event are posted, and we hope you'll join us in congratulating the graduates and wishing them well in their next steps!

Academy of Hope held its annual event Education for All: A Breakfast for Literacy on May 2, 2015 and included a live interview with special guest Mr. Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist, The Washington Post.

Academy of Hope’s Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson, is the recipient of the 2015 Amtrak Pioneer Award, conferred by Amtrak and the Washington Wizards to honor African Americans in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who have made outstanding contributions to their community. 

PBS NewsHour aired a segment on January 6, 2015 discussing the challenges of the new GED. Academy of Hope's Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson was a guest on the show.

WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza aired a piece on October 20, 2014 on "How D.C. Became a Leader in Adult Charter Schools," featuring Academy of Hope's Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson.

Washington Post columnist, Mr. Robert McCartney, visited Academy of Hope and talked to staff, teachers and students regarding the GED test and the implications of its recent overhaul.  Read his column "Changes in GED test make it harder for adults to get high school credential needed for jobs", published in hardcopy on March 30, 2014.



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