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Causes: Education, Preschools

Mission: To break the cycle of generational poverty by preparing low-income students for higher education. We commit to a philosophy that includes the practice of civility, disciplined academic work in the humanities and sciences, athletic competition and artistic expression. We are dedicated to developing the minds, bodies and spirits of our students so that they become fully productive members of our society.

Programs: The neighborhood academy is an independent college-preparatory school accredited by the pennsylvania association of independent schools. The school is privately funded through the generosity of committed individuals, corporations, foundations and faith communities. Parents contribute a small monthly tuition fee that is based on income level. This tuition requirement involves families and encourages them to assign a value to education. Parents also share the cost of their child's education by participating in meal teams and carpools. Low-income students often arrive at school burdened by the consequences of poverty. Issues arising from unstructured home lives, concerns about basic daily needs, and lack of access to an environment in which to study and complete assignments can weigh heavily on young people and make it impossible for them to give school work the attention it requires. The neighborhood academy has designed a comprehensive program that encourages urban, low-income students to focus their energy on personal development and academic success. We meet a wide range of their daily needs with: a college-preparatory curriculum-an extended school day starting at 8:00am and ending at 7:30pm -small classes, with ten or fewer students per teacher -three meals and a snack per day-transportation to and from school provided via public transit (morning) and chartered vans (evening)-a required six-week summer session -individual and group counseling for students and families-a focus on reading, writing, the sciences and math, with an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical reflection throughout the curriculum-varsity athletics-extensive arts programming that includes work in the visual arts, drama, dance and music-a network of community partnerships that expose our students to community service opportunities as well as local cultural and civic events-continuous exposure to the college experience - all students visit college campuses and learn to navigate the college application process-preparation for college entrance exams (psats and sats)-graduate support through college and beyondthe neighborhood academy has graduated thirteen classes of seniors and has maintained a 100% college acceptance rate. In the spring of 2009, members of the neighborhood academy class of 2005 became college graduates - the first in their families. All students enrolled at the neighborhood academy are eligible for and receive tuition discounts. These discounts are subsidized by generous contributions from the academy's donors. The tuition discount level is determined utilizing a needs-based scale based on income.

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The Neighborhood Academy is Pittsburgh's only faith-based, independent college-prep school whose mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by preparing low-income youth for college and citizenship.

Students in grades 8th-12th are immersed in a year-round, extended day model designed to bridge academic gaps to a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. Programs are designed specifically to anticipate and meet the needs of low-income, inner-city youth. Students enjoy after-school athletics and arts, and numerous college visits in a safe school environment.

ALL students receive scholarship support.

For more information, visit www.theneighborhoodacademy.com, or call 412-362-2001.