Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) is vey excited about recent progress in Uganda. We operate in a very poor rural mountainous area in eastern Uganda and are just thrilled by the progress of our students!
Primary School (grade school). In an area where only 14% of grade schoolers pass the crucial exams to go to secondary school, there are not enough secondary schools in Uganda, and getting into a good one is highly competitive. 100% of our students passed and most with top scores. A national newspaper in Uganda interviewed several of our students and noted that our results are in the top 1% of 19,000 grade schools nationwide! One of our top performers was a girl who lost her parents in the landslide a year ago; her story is definitely one of overcoming the odds!
Outreach Schools. Getting in to our school has become highly competitive, with families sleeping for days on the road to the school for a chance to get a child into first grade. We think it is important to share our success with are government schools so we offer teacher training, supplies, and serve as a resource. The recent national standardized test results showed that the most improved schools in the district are the government schools we assist. That makes us proud as we can only accomodate about 350 children in our grade school, and there are thousands more who deserve a chance at a better life through better education.
Secondary School Progress. Our secondary students continue to make great strides and focus on how they are going to pay it forward, whether by becoming a teacher, nurse, lawyer, or doctor so they can help their people. On school breaks, the students return home and do community service, often at our school or health clinic. We are very proud of their progress, and this is the first year our students will be graduating and heading off to college. Most of our students scored high enough to get into college and one scored a perfect score -- equivalent of getting a 1600 on college boards in the US! This is a child who would not have gone to school at all were it not for AAH's donors. These students will make great contributions to Uganda's development -- a country where less than 1% of the population has a college degree.