CONGRATULATIONS to the 2nd Annual Building Hope Summit & Awards WINNERS!

Building Hope could not be more inspired by the amazing charter schools who are models of Community Engagement, Student Empowerment, Educational Innovation & S. Joseph Bruno Award. These charter schools lead the way in serving students and communities with unique and effective educational programs.

We are also honored to spotlight three extraordinary charter school volunteers, who are contribute their love and light to creating vibrant communities for families across the country.

Our finalists are all linked below. Please take a moment to visit them to appreciate the great work they do on behalf of public charter school students. Each one is unique, but they all serve their communities with dedicated excellence.

We want to thank charter schools, their leaders, and their volunteers, who are building hope for a better future each and every day.

Community Engagement Winners

Community Engagement is key for a charter school to thrive. Engaging families in the work and serving family needs supports each student’s success. Bringing in resources from outside the school family and sharing the gifts and resources of the school with the neighborhood for the benefit of the whole community are other hallmarks of our three winners.

Memphis STEM Academy Elementary School

2180 Frayser Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38127

Codman Academy

637 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124

International Community School

2418 Wood Trail Lane
Decatur, GA 30033

Student Empowerment Winners

Student Empowerment is at the core of every great school, but our three winners are laser-focused on giving their students the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. When a student is supported and their voice heard, it is the key that unlocks their potential. Students who are empowered lead the way to the future.

Galileo School for Gifted Learning

3900 East, FL-46
Sanford, FL 32771

Exploration High School

229 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Life Learning Academy

651 8th Street, Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA 94130

Education Innovation Winners

Educational Innovation is critical to be able to support students with education that prepares them for an ever-changing world. The ability to adapt effectively and create programs that serve the unique needs of students, the hopes and dreams of a community, and the future of education defines our three winners in this category.

Legal Prep Charter Academy

4319 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60624

Health Leadership High School

6401 Jefferson St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 8710

Logos Public Charter School

1203 N Ross Ln
Medford, OR 97501

The S. Joseph Bruno Charter Leadership Award Winner

This Charter Leadership Award honors charter schools who lead the way in the charter school movement. These schools excel in Educational Innovation, Student Empowerment, and/or Community Engagement and have made their mark on the charter school landscape. Single locations and small networks are honored for their IMPACT on students, their families, and the local and charter communities. 

True North Classical Academies

9393 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL, 33173

Greenville Technical
Charter High School

506 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC 29607

Orange County School of the Arts

1401 High 1010 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

California School of the Arts

1401 Highland Ave
Duarte, CA 91010

Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award Winners

Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award winners demonstrate a true commitment and ability to lead with love. Volunteers are often the backbone of a charter school’s culture and family engagement, and it takes leaders who are both doers and dreamers to bring people together for the common cause of improving the lives of our children.

Megan Hunt

Carolina Charter School

8529 NC-55
Angier, NC 27501

Mark Horst

Yoder Charter School

9808 S Yoder Rd
Haven, KS 67543

Cara Nowak

Desert Sky Montessori

63175 OB Riley Road
Bend, OR 97703

Thank you for supporting Community Engagement, Student Empowerment & Innovative Education!

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

~ Dalai Lama