Prior to the inception of the Academy, academic performance statistics of children in our community were reviewed and they did not paint a promising picture. However, based on our prior involvement with our community, we knew that the performance as depicted by the statistics was not an accurate indication of these students’ abilities. We knew that they could succeed if given an optimal environment and it became clear that the children in Hempstead needed an opportunity to improve their academic skills. We also knew that if we could maximize their educational experience, we would alter the trajectory of their life. Standing on the sidelines was not an option, so we decided to take ownership and become involved in the educational decisions that affected our community and the underserved youth who live in it. It was out of that concern and desire to act that the Academy Charter School was founded.
About the Elementary School
In 2008, a core group of 11 parents and community leaders in Hempstead, NY concerned with the educational outcomes in the Hempstead School District, came together to form The Academy Charter School (“The Academy”). The Academy was incorporated on February 23, 2009 and opened its doors to 164 students, in grades K-2 on September 9, 2009 and by the 2013-2014 year, had a total enrollment of 484 students in grades K-6.
The school initially operated in a leased building located at 94 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, NY. As time passed it was clear that the 10,000 square foot space could not accommodate the magnitude of our school’s growth and, as a result, we sought to undergo an expansion. As part of the first expansion plan and commitment to invest in the infrastructure of the community, we acquired a piece of land and an existing 34,540 square foot two-story building located at 117 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY which became the official site of The Academy elementary school in 2011.
About the Middle School
In 2013, we embarked upon our second expansion plan which included the acquisition of an approximately 1.13 acre parcel of land which included a 39,004 square foot four-story building at 159 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY. This site serves as the middle school location which hosts grades 5 – 8 and has a current enrollment of 206 students for the 2014-15 school year.
Since its inception, The Academy has offered an exceptional interdisciplinary curriculum in a technology rich environment that challenges students to explore connections across subjects and use experiential learning to bridge the gaps between theory and practice. In addition to core subjects, our students benefit from high expectations in physical education and the arts. Our focus on character development and community service cultivates a student body poised to be active, engaged and responsible members of the community. We employ a committed staff whose teaching and high academic and behavioral expectations promote the excellence our community’s children can achieve.
The Academy has made a tremendous impact on the community in which it is located. We have instilled a standard of excellence in all of our students. Our students will graduate from the Academy with the content mastery and life skills needed to move into the top five percent of their classes. They will not only graduate at the top of their class but will serve as leaders in their communities. As our motto states, our scholars will “LEARN today, LEAD tomorrow and SERVE in the future.”
The Academy School Network currently consists of The Academy elementary school, The Academy middle school and The Academy High School, all located in Hempstead, NY. It also consists of the newly opened Academy Elementary Uniondale school which is located in Uniondale, NY serving K-2 students.