Building Hope Announces Second Annual Impact Awards Finalists

Building Hope Announces Second Annual Impact Awards Finalists

12 Charter School Finalists Inspire with Their Impact On Community Engagement, Educational Innovation, And Student Empowerment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MARCH 27, 2023) – Building Hope, a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating high-quality K-12 charter school opportunities for students through its expertise in real estate, finance and operational services, today announced the 12 charter school grant finalists for its second annual Building Hope IMPACT Awards. The finalists were selected for having exceptional impact on community engagement, educational innovation, student empowerment, and for being model charter schools. Twelve grants will ultimately be awarded: one $20,000 grant and two $10,000 grants in each of the four categories.

“Congratulations to our 12 inspirational charter school finalists for championing excellence in innovation, empowerment, community, and model charter school practice,” said President and CEO of Building Hope William D. Hansen. “Each of our charter school finalists shares a common trait of delivering excellent education, but their schools and programs are unique, innovative, and inspirational.”

Selected from more than 260 applications from schools in 38 states, the 2023 IMPACT Awards finalists are:


Student Empowerment 

  1. Exploration High School in Minneapolis, MN
  2. Galileo School for Gifted Learning-Skyway in Sanford, FL
  3. Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA


 Community Engagement 

  1. Codman Academy in Dorchester, MA
  2. International Community School in Decatur, GA
  3. Memphis STEM Academy Elementary School in Memphis, TN


Education Innovation 

  1. Health Leadership High School in Albuquerque, NM
  2. Legal Prep Charter Academy in Chicago, IL
  3. Logos Public Charter School in Medford, OR


Model Charter 

  1. Greenville Technical Charter High School in Greenville, SC
  2. Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA and California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley in Duarte, CA
  3. True North Classical Academies in Miami, FL


Building Hope’s Chief Impact Officer and Chair of the IMPACT Selection Committee Sherilyn Moore said, “Trailblazing schools like these are proof that great education is happening right here and now. If we learn from the best, we can level up education nationwide.”

IMPACT Award finalists will share 10-minute IMPACT talks and learn their grant award amounts during Building Hope’s second annual IMPACT Summit taking place May 3 and May 4, 2023, at Miami Dade College in Miami. New this year: the IMPACT Summit is open to charter school leaders across the U.S. To register or for additional information about the IMPACT Summit, visit


Building Hope is grateful for the sponsors of the 2023 IMPACT Summit:


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors



About Building Hope

Building Hope is a national non-profit that empowers advancements in education through our work with charter schools providing unparalleled facility financing, real estate development, and operational services. We believe a facility should never be the barrier preventing a child from attending a great school. During our 20-year history, Building Hope has invested $482 million in high-impact charter schools serving nearly 200,000 children.


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