Our History


  • The Sisters of Mercy and the Society of the Holy Child Jesus meet to discuss the dream that becomes Hope Partnership for Education.
  • B. J. Cassin Foundation provides grant to support a feasibility study.
  • Planning committee and task forces are formed.


  • Hope Partnership for Education is incorporated.
  • Sister Rose Martin, RSM, Executive Director, and Sister Carol Ann Knight, SHCJ, Director of Educational Programs, move into office space in Eastern North Philadelphia.
  • The Board of Incorporators holds its first official meeting.
  • The after-school program begins in rented space in APM Catering Hall at 7th and Dauphin.
  • A 75,000-square-foot property is obtained through the City of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative and is designated the future home of the Hope Partnership for Education.


  • The Board of Trustees meets for the first time and forms a number of committees, including a site/government, finance, program, design, community advisory, development, and mission/board affairs.
  • Hope Partnership for Education receives status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
  • Monthly adult education offerings begin.


  • The Strategic Business Plan is developed.
  • First middle school class begins in rented space at the R. W. Brown Community Center.


  • Adult Basic Education and GED Classes begin.


  • First eighth-grade graduation is held.
  • Graduate Support Program begins.


  • An art teacher, a music teacher, and a physical education instructor are hired part-time to enhance the Hope Partnership educational experience.
  • Hope Partnership has a full complement of students from grades 5 through 8, and a graduate support program for students from grades 9 through 12.


  • The first class of Hope Partnership students, who entered Hope in 2004, graduate from high school.
  • Hope Partnership celebrates its 10th anniversary with a dinner gala honoring volunteers Rose Gray and Karen Rowley.


  • Hope Partnership for Education moves to its new home, a 28,000 sq. ft. building in the Fairhill neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The building was formerly owned and operated by the Salvation Army.


  • Hope Partnership welcomes the Fairhill PAL Center to Hope’s gymnasium.