A message from the President Rev. Luis Cortés JR.

Esperanza Family and Friends,

Wednesday afternoon we learned of an unconfirmed report that someone in our Esperanza Academy Charter high school community was in a facility where an individual not associated with our school was later diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual in our high school community is not symptomatic and has not tested positive for the coronavirus but will be placed in home quarantine.

In consultation with the Philadelphia Department of Health, Esperanza is taking additional precautionary measures. Although this exposure is limited to our high school building, we have also taken this opportunity to close our bricks and mortar schools, offices and programs on Thursday, March 12 and Friday March, 13. Our maintenance staff will perform a thorough and deep cleaning of all surfaces in all rooms and buildings to further ensure the health and safety of all those served across the Esperanza family of programs.

The following is a detailed list of the closings:

  • Esperanza Academy Schools K-12 – closed
  • Esperanza Cyber School – OPEN online
    • Learning Center and Office – closed
  • Esperanza main offices – closed
    • Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
    • Artistas y Musicos Latinoamericanos (AMLA)
    • Esperanza Arts Center/Teatro Esperanza
    • Esperanza Housing Counseling
    • Any other programs delivered on-site 4261 N. 5th Street
  • PA Careerlink North – closed
  • Esperanza College at Eastern University – closed

Our expectation is that all of the sites and programs listed as “closed” will resume on Monday, March 16. We will confirm the reopening of the building for Monday, March 16 this weekend on our website page for coronavirus-related updates, found here. Esperanza Academy parents should anticipate a call from school staff.

Esperanza has been serving the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s Hispanic community for over 30 years. In the midst of growing global challenges and public health concerns, we here at Esperanza will continue to fulfill our mission and purpose within the parameters of public health and safety.

Thank you for your understanding and your support to ensure that all Esperanza stakeholders are informed.


The Reverend Luis, Cortés, Jr. Founder, President & CEO