SCHOERKE FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 400 W School Ln Apt 340 % Melissa Schoerke Westown PA 19395 USA

Mission:

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

Heritage Academy is one of a few schools that offers an excellent, fair and progressive education to children in Ghana. The teachers at Heritage are dedicated to inspiring and empowering their students, and the children are eager to learn and aware of the importance of a good education. As a privileged American, I found that my time at Heritage Academy was a truly eye-opening experience and would urge anyone who can, to travel to Ghana and experience what I did for themselves. If you cannot go to the school itself, definitely consider a donation, so that the school can continue to grow and take in more students.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The experiences and the connections I made at Heritage Academy were unforgettable...especially since the people I met in Ghana were undoubtedly the kindest people in the world. I still regularly get letters from my students, who give me updates on their lives and proudly tell me how good their grades are. These kids are very bright, kind, charismatic, and charming. In a country where corporal punishment is still commonplace, Heritage Academy is a safe haven for the students. There is a reason I went back twice (so far!). Heritage Academy is unlike anything else…the kids are wonderful and the country is amazing. Several of my students “adopted” me into their families…so now I have several new brothers and sisters.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter, Sophie Garner,, who graduated from the Quaker school Westtown in 2012 has participated in Heritage School programs in Ghana, in part supported by the Schoerke Foundation, three times during 2011-2012. The experience for her has been transformative, and for me as her parent, rewarding to observe. Volunteering at Heritage Academy has changed the way Sophie views the world and her place in it. She appreciates things that previously went unnoticed, and no longer takes for granted what Americans have come to expect as a birthright. The experience at Heritage Academy was one of the most valuable things to have come from her education at Westtown.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a graduate of Heritage Academy in 2007, my encounter with the Schoerke Foundation has been life-changing. The seven principles of Heritage Academy: Knowledge, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discipline, Hard Work, and Simplicity have brought me far on my journey as a scholar and a person. I am currently a student at Franklin and Marshall College, PA, and I plan to go back to Heritage Academy to volunteer next summer as I have in previous years. I believe in the school's mission and I thank the board of Schoerke Foundation for sponsoring so many students at Heritage Academy with scholarships, grants, and finantial aid.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have experienced a lot of good things in my life at Heritage Academy. I attended the school from the 4th grade until I wrote the national exams this year. I will graduate in one month on August 4th, and I am happy and sad at the same time because this is a very special and interesting school. The teachers are good, lovely, kind and so respectful. I like how they teach and corporate with the students to make learning easy. I have seen the learning in other schools and we do far better--I really appreciate the good work of the Heritage staff.

The best thing that happened to me at Heritage is when we had a stay-in at the school while we were preparing to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (national exams). We had a lot of time to learn whilst the teachers were doing their best to assist us with our learning.They give us explanations when we don't understand something and also gave us a lot of class work and class tests to check our understanding and how our studies was going. They always wished for the students the best in life, beyond the examination. Their kindness make me feel very happy so I want to stay at Heritage always without going any other school again; but I must move forward to fulfill my dreams.

Another wonderful thing is that I like Heritage a lot because of the Schoerke Foundation volunteers that visit the school to teach us in the second and third term. They have done a lot of great work but the most important thing Schoerke Foundation is doing for my school that I really like, is the scholarships they offer for the student until university level for the lucky students. I pray that God would help and bless Mr.& Mrs. Koomson and their friends at Schoerke Foundation to do the good things they are doing for the school and the people of Heritage Academy.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with the Schoerke Foundation when I agreed to volunteer teaching a summer school class at Heritage Academy in Ghana in the summer of 2011. Prior to going, I learned all about Schoerke's mission of supporting access to progressive and empowering education in Ghana, and realized that they were very well organized and had a great partner school in Heritage Academy, the place where I had the opportunity to teach. I was so impressed once in Ghana at the work that was going on on the ground. I had the opportunity to interact with the kids directly and both see and hear how their lives were being impacted through the effective and accessible education provided by Heritage, which Schoerke supports. The kids were happy, proud, and significantly further ahead academically than the other scholarship students who came to the summer program from neighboring public school.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

I graduated from Heritage Academy in 2007 on a Schoerke Foundation scholarship and worked as a teaching assistant for two summers in order to give something back to the younger students. I had an amazing experience at Heritage and learned new things about myself ... and made some great friends. I think this is an opportunity for me to say a massive 'THANK YOU' to Madam Melissa and everyone at Schoerke Foundation for helping me and so many young people to get a better education.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

My three weeks spent at the Heritage Academy included some of the most eye-opening, inspiring, and life-altering moments of my life. I taught neuroscience to 10th grade students and guided younger students (~4th-6th grade) in reading English. My 10th graders frequently asked intelligent, intriguing questions and showed genuine interest and attentiveness. The younger students consistently came running to the Reading Tent when it was time for reading, and not one gave up even when faced with the hardest of sentences. These students have a passion to learn and succeed as I have not seen anywhere in the U.S. However, as much as these bright students love and value education, many of them would not have had such an opportunity had it not been for the Schoerke Foundation. With its growing reputation for academic excellence, each year the Heritage Academy faces an increasing number of parents who want to give their child such a uniquely valuable education. Unlike public schools and other private schools in Ghana, the Heritage Academy places girls on equal standing with boys (it was the first school in its district to start several girl-only sports teams); it corrects the wrongs of students not by caning (a common method of punishment in Ghanaian public schools), but by teaching the students a strong value system; and, unlike most other schools in Ghana, it shies away from memorization-based academic success and encourages students to be passionate innovators and thinkers. However, virtually all of the Heritage Academy's students are partially or entirely supported by scholarships given by the Schoerke Foundation. Without these scholarships, many of these children would not go on to secondary school, or even finish primary school. Please, PLEASE just take a few minutes of your time to learn a little more about the Schoerke Foundation. It is a wonderful organization that enables bright, eager young Ghanians to receive a uniquely modern and well-rounded education, so that they may make a real difference in their community, and hopefully someday, in their beautiful country of Ghana.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I came to Heritage Academy as a young teacher in 2008. At first I was just glad to have a job, but soon I realized I had joined a nation of determined activists who were and are still doing everything possible to change the world, starting with the right to a good education--regardless of one's background. I am so happy that my experiences have helped developed The Reading Club and I have established a Writers' Club as well. Great people, amazing staff, excellent students - and a better future anticipated for all of us! Go Heritage! Go Schoerke Foundation! More power to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

If you want to see grassroots efforts to change the education system of rural Ghana, then support this organization. The next great leaders of Ghana and Africa are being trained by this organization, which funds a private school in Ghana, near Cape Coast. I personally know that the staff of this organization work tirelessly and selflessly to enable Ghanaian children to perform well on the national exams, which gets them in the door to a university-level education, a rarity for the rural poor. Your donation is certainly not a handout; rather, it is a ticket to open a world of possibilities for bright, yet low-income Ghanaian children.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 
Review from Guidestar