Esperanza Academy is a tuition-free middle school for girls in Lawrence, MA- one of the poorest cities in MA. In this city, girls have a better chance of getting pregnant than graduating from high school. Esperanza graduated its first class of 8th graders this year and all are going on to great area high schools (public and private). The girls are in school 11 mos/yr and 11 hrs/day constantly being reminded that they CAN acheive their dreams. We run entirely on private donations.