Hope Partnership for Education is a middle school and adult education center established to serve the residents of Eastern North Philadelphia. Hope Partnership was founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy in 2002. It is based on a model of education that originated at Nativity Mission Center in New York City in 1971. This model consists of small class size, extended school day and year, and high school support following graduation from 8th grade, with an emphasis on providing quality education to under-resourced communities. Hope Partnership Middle School is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).