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ESPERANZA ACADEMY is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors.

Our Mission:

Esperanza's mission is to inspire its students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.

To learn more about our school, check out this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csQnAcWVLn8



Esperanza Academy Presents its Class of 2016

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera to Deliver Graduation Keynote

On Friday, June 10, at 5 pm, Esperanza Academy will hold its annual commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2016 at Grace Church in Lawrence. This year’s commencement speaker will be The Honorable Dan Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence.

Esperanza Academy proudly presents its eighth-grade graduates, the Class of 2016:

“On behalf of Esperanza Academy’s faculty and trustees, I congratulate the Class of 2016 for achieving this important milestone,” said Christopher H. Wilson, Esperanza Academy’s head of school. “These young ladies are taking the next step on their path to college, careers, and success. They follow in the footsteps of alumnae, who continue to graduate from high school at an impressive 100-percent rate. Collectively, their accomplishments are a credit and a testament to an Esperanza Academy education, its faculty, trustees, volunteers and donors, and our exceptional graduate support program.”

Members of the Class of 2016 were accepted to the Pingree School, Notre Dame Cristo Rey HighSchool, Emma Willard School, Fryeburg Academy, Austin Preparatory School, Greater Lawrence Technical School, Sparhawk School, Central Catholic High School, Holderness School, and Presentation of Mary Academy.

Commencement Speaker Mayor Rivera grew up in Lawrence, attended Lawrence public schools, andwas a Lawrence Boy Scout. Previously, Mayor Rivera served as a City Councilor at Large, Vice President of the Council, and Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Upon high-school graduation, he served as an Army Military Police officer in Germany where he was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.

After returning home from Iraq, Rivera earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He then managed the public housing project where he grew up while simultaneously attending school on nights and weekends to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University. He later worked as economic development director for Congressman Marty Meehan before joining the private sector for a career in marketing.

Science Teacher to Run Boston Marathon for Esperanza Academy

We recently procured a 2016 Boston Marathon entry bib  (race number) and our science teacher, Alex Supple, immediately volunteered to run for a cause he deeply believes in: Esperanza Academy. Supple, who has never run a marathon, is committed to training and finishing the marathon with the goal of raising $10,000 for our tuition-free and 100 percent privately funded school. To support Mr. Supple, please click on the Sponsor Now button below. 



Esperanza Students Wear UNICEF Power Bands to Feed Malnourished Children 

Esperanza Academy students are playing, jumping, and running to make a difference for malnourished children around the world. This week, all Esperanza students began wearing UNICEF Kid Power Bands—the world’s first Wearable Device for Good—to help them track their physical activity and, the more active they are, the more points they will earn to unlock funding for severely malnourished children around the world. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE



Esperanza Academy Head of School Announcement

The Esperanza Academy Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Lynne Myavec has been appointed Head of School. Myavec will begin her term July 1, 2016, succeeding current Head of School Christopher Wilson, who has served as the school’s head for the past five years. The Board unanimously appointed Myavec upon the Search Committee’s enthusiastic endorsement and the stellar recommendations of colleagues and references. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE



Curious about Shadow Day? Read our Shadow Day Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more. CLICK HERE FOR Shadow Day FAQs

If you are interested in participating as a speaker at Shadow Day at Esperanza Academy or are able to host students at your workplace please call Chirstine Rothman at 978-686-4673, ext. 32.


Esperanza Academy’s Harvest of Hope Dinner Celebrates Students and Alumnae


LAWRENCE, MA — Esperanza Academy, along with 335 of its friends and supporters celebrated the annual Harvest of Hope Dinner and Auction on Friday, October 23, at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, MA. The gala dinner, which raised nearly $225,000 to support the tuition-free school's programs, featured poignant, funny, and inspiring speeches by two Esperanza Academy students and two alumnae—all at different stages in their academic and personal journeys. Festivities included a cocktail reception, a silent auction, dinner, and the presentation of the 2015 Rosalyn Kempton Wood Award to longtime Esperanza supporter and volunteer Susan L. Wilson. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE


Esperanza Academy Earns AISNE Accreditation

Head of School Chris Wilson announced that Esperanza Academy has earned full accreditation from the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), a nationally recognized accreditation program. Entering its ninth year of providing middle school girls in Lawrence with a rigorous and holistic independent-school education, Esperanza Academy completed the in-depth accreditation process this May. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE