We are a K-12th grade charter school in Hunting Park, Philadelphia. We believe in creating hope in our community through quality education. We pride ourselves in preparing our students for success by developing their interests through tailored programs in our majors, academics, clubs, and sports.
In 1987, Esperanza, a community development organization located in North Philadelphia, was established with the purpose of strengthening Hispanic communities. At the core of its mission, both then and today is education – the key to empowering communities to improve their conditions. Esperanza believes that education positions individuals and families to become economically stable and lead healthy, productive lives.
In 2000, Esperanza Academy Charter School, a four-year, comprehensive college preparatory high school, was established. More than 750 students in grades 9-12 attended classes that are individualized, engaging, and culturally relevant. Additionally, Esperanza Academy prepared its students through 11 “majors” which include in Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship, Dance, Music, Criminal Justice, Film, Drama, Health Sciences, Engineering, Journalism, and Technology.
In 2011, Esperanza Academy was granted a class of 25, 6th grade students and during the summer of 2012 was awarded a full middle school. Esperanza Academy now boasts an enrollment of over 1,400 students between grades 6-12.
In 2018, we rented space in the local Salvation Army building converting it into beautiful classes for our first elementary class. They are now entering fourth grade with an enrollment of 145 students!
In the school year of 2024-2025, we plan to move into a new building on the Esperanza campus and have a full elementary school from K-5th grade there, making our K-12th grade charter school complete. A kindergartener upon enrollment will now have the path to graduation clearly laid out before them at Esperanza Academy.
Esperanza Academy Charter School offers a quality education that prepares critically thinking, socially capable, spiritually sensitive and culturally aware young adults who can use English and Spanish while providing an academically rigorous, yet flexible, online learning program that tailors learning experiences to each child.
Sharing our Middle School Building, we are proud to offer our students access to ECEU, Esperanza College of Eastern University, a branch campus of Eastern University and the only Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Esperanza College of Eastern University is a two year federally recognized Hispanic serving institution offering Associate’s Degrees in Accounting, Community and Human Sciences, Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Middle Level Education: Math and Science. Esperanza College was recognized for excellence in Hispanic higher education as Education Champion of the Year (Hispanic Choice Awards, 2010), as an Example of Excelencia (Excelencia in Education, 2013).
Rev. Luis Cortes Jr.
Ex-Officio Board Member
Mr. Angel Ortiz
Mr. Ricardo Cordero
Ms. Carmen O. Torres
Ms. Carmen Rocha
Ms. Asdrey Irizarry
Rev. Rosa M. Martinez
Ms. Nancy Santiago-Negron
Ms. Wanda Carlo
Board Vice Chair
Mr. Miguel Ramirez
Mr. Tony Payton Jr.
Mr. Nicholas Aponte
Board Meeting Schedule and Minutes
Please access our Board agenda and documents by clicking HERE. Use the drop-down boxes below to view our Board meeting schedule.
The Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. To that end, any person may address the Board at its formal meetings either on issues presented in resolutions being considered or on other matters affecting the administration, management or operation of the school in accordance with the procedures and limitations of this policy.
In order to permit fair and orderly comment, individuals who wish to address the Board should contact the Administrative Assistant to the CEO to sign up beginning one week prior to the date of the meeting and no later than 4:00pm on the last business day before the meeting. Speakers must call personally to be placed on the agenda. They will be scheduled in the order in which they were received. Each speaker must give his/her name, address, and daytime telephone number and state the subject matter of the intended remarks. If the speaker will appear on behalf of an organization or group, he/she must identify the organization or group. Remarks on behalf of an organization or group may be presented through only one speaker at each meeting, but additional representatives of the organization or group may submit written remarks to be included in the minutes of the meeting. All speakers are expected to submit, if possible, ten (10) copies of their testimony at the time they are called to speak. A speaker may not relinquish his or her allotted time to another.
Individuals wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the President. Each speaker will be allotted a maximum of three (3) minutes, and no more than thirty (30) minutes shall be allotted to a single subject. The Board may, at its discretion, hold a special board meeting or hearing or permit more than thirty (30) minutes on a single subject. The president may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of such rulings.
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in a meeting should contact the Administrative Assistant to the CEO no later than three days before a regular meeting so that arrangements for the accommodation can be made.
Contact Yesenia Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-270-4044 ext. 1123
What is Title I?
Title I is a 100% federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived children.
What is the purpose of Title I?
Title I programs are designed to help children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics.
In buildings with 40% or more poverty, the School may use the funds to upgrade the entire curriculum of the school and School-wide Programs. In buildings with less than 40% poverty, programs are designed to help specific children and targeted assisted programs.
The School is subject to consequences of school choice and supplemental education services if they do not meet adequate yearly progress.
You are invited to join us at our yearly compact meeting, where we will discuss our Title I School Parent Compact. In addition, please review the Title I documents below:
- Equity Plan
- Title I School-Parent Compact 2023-24
- Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2023-24
- Política de Participación de los Padres y la Familia 2023-24
- District Wide Parent and Family Engagement Policy 2023-24
- Política de participación de padres y familias en el distrito 2023-24
- Parent Right to Know Letter – ESSA August 2023
Welcome to Esperanza Academy’s Right-to-Know website, established in compliance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know law. This new law guarantees United States citizens ready access to the public records of public institutions such as Esperanza Academy Charter High School. This website is designed to provide the information necessary to request information from the school.
REQUESTING INFORMATION: If you wish to request charter school information that is available, or “open”, to the public, please use the school’s Right to Know Request Form or the form provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. One of these prescribed forms must then be submitted, in a written or typed format, to Esperanza Academy Charter High School’s Open Records Officer.
- Elementary Grades Code of Conduct_2023-24
- Elementary Grades Parent Student Handbook 2023-24
- Upper Grades Code of Conduct 2023-24
- Upper Grades Parent-Student Handbook 2023-24
- Child Find 2018-2019
- Homelessness Agreement
- PA Special Education Guide
- Please use this link to find the Basic Education Circular (BEC) for Homeless Youth issued by the Philadelphia Department of Education.
- Safe Drinking Water
- Water Quality Assessment ES
- Water Quality Assessment HS
- Water Quality Assessment MS
- Wellness Policy
- Wellness Policy Assessment Report 2023
- EACS ARP ESSER Health and Safety Plan Guidance
Come visit our campuses!
Our Middle and High School are located at 301 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19140. The High School entrance is through the Hunting Park Avenue side. Our Middle School entrance is through the side of our building facing our parking lot.
Our Elementary School is located at 3150 N. Mascher Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19133. However, please enter on Allegheny Street.
We look forward to seeing you!
We understand that healthy children are more productive, alert, and successful in their academic careers and life. Our Nutrition Services department strives to deliver delicious, balanced meals to all students. The Esperanza Academy Charter School Nutrition Services department provides more than 1,700 meals per day throughout the High School, Middle School, and new Elementary School. This includes a full service breakfast, lunch, and snack program. We consider ourselves partners in your child’s well-being, and through our participation in the Community Eligibility Provision, CEP, we are able to offer free breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students.
See our Wellness Policy here.
Esperanza Academy Nutrition Services is dedicated to maintaining compliance with all local and federal regulations regarding student nutrition and health standards. We work tirelessly to ensure our students are provided with a balanced nutritional diet that supports their mental and physical growth.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.
To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442;
or (3) email: email@example.com.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
Title IX Coordinator: Ellen Tannebaum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 267-270-4044
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., protects students from discrimination based on sex in educational programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient, which receives Federal financial assistance.
This policy reaffirms the commitment of the Esperanza Academy Charter School (“Charter School”) to comply with Title IX. This policy covers student on student as well as employee on student sexual harassment.
When Does Title IX Apply?
Title IX covers sexual harassment that happens in a school’s “education program or activity.” This includes locations, events, and circumstances where a school exercises substantial control over the context of the alleged harassment and the person accused of committing the sexual harassment.
Title IX prohibits the following conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education program or activity.
- School employee conditioning educational benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct, otherwise known as “Quid pro Quo,” harassment.
- “Sexual assault,” as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v) “dating violence,” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10) “domestic violence,” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30)
Charter School’s Response to Allegations/Knowledge of Sexual Harassment
Once the Charter School has actual knowledge of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment, the Charter school must respond or take action.
The Charter School has “actual knowledge” when it has been given notice that a person may have been victimized by sexual harassment. Any person, whether the alleged victim or a parent, friend, or bystander, has the right to report sexual harassment to put the Charter school on notice. A report to any school employee will result in the Charter School having “actual knowledge.” Further, Charter School personnel who personally witness sexual harassment can mean that the Charter School has “actual knowledge.”
The Charter School cannot be “deliberately indifferent” in responding to a complaint of sexual harassment. That means that it cannot be “clearly unreasonable” in light of the known circumstances. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator must act promptly, and must provide the following information to the complainant:
- The availability of supportive measures
- The right to file a complaint
- How to file a complaint
Supportive measures are free, individualized services designed to restore or preserve equal access to education, protect or preserve equal access to education, protect safety, or deter sexual harassment. A complainant does not need to file a formal complaint for him/her to receive supportive measures. Supportive measures are intended to support a student and are not punitive or disciplinary with respect to another student. These measures do not unreasonably burden any other person. Each student, the complainant and respondent, must have equal access to education prior to any determination of responsibility.
Examples of supportive measures include:
- Extension of deadlines
- Modification or work or class schedules
- Escort services
- Mutual restrictions on contact between individuals
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing these supportive measures and must consider the alleged victim’s wishes when it comes to requests for supportive measures. Generally, these measures must remain confidential.
How to File a Complaint?
- Download the EACS Complaint Form
- Be sure to complete all sections of the form.
- Be as specific as possible when discussing the incidents. Your complaint is not limited to the space provided. You are encouraged to attach additional materials, which may assist in the investigation process.
- Please be sure to include: the date(s), the incident(s) that occurred, the name(s) of the person(s) involved, and the name(s) of those who may have witnessed the incident(s).
- Sign and email the form to either the Title IX Coordinator, Ellen Tannenbaum: email@example.com, or any school leadership.
To view the Title IX Policy in detail click on the following link Title IX Policy.
If you have questions regarding the complaint process and/or complaint form, please contact the Title IX Coordinator:
Ellen Tannenbaum, Title IX Coordinator
4261 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia PA 19140