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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Preschools

Mission: The Neighborhood Academy is a faith-based, college preparatory, independent school whose mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty by empowering youth and preparing them for college and citizenship.

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh

Programs: Our school runs an extended-day, extended-year calendar with facets specifically designed to foster the character and grit needed to conquer the achievement gap that plagues students of low socioeconomic backgrounds. Because of our commitment to serving the urban poor, the characteristics of our educational model must be compassionate, intentional, comprehensive, and thorough: • A college-preparatory curriculum emphasizing critical thinking and ethical reflection • Small class sizes, with a 10:1 or smaller student-to-teacher ratio • Mandatory summer programming to retain and advance critical knowledge • Three meals each day • Transportation to and from school via public transit, chartered vans, and buses from the student’s school district • Individual and group counseling • Career development and financial literacy programs • SAT preparation and intensive guidance throughout the college application process • Assistance with emergency needs, such as medical and dental care and food scarcity • Continued support for alumni throughout their college years and beyond • Workplace guidance and internship placement

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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.