Imhotep may be situated in Philadelphia but its heart resides in Africa. Started in 2000, the school adheres to the premise that education meets its greatest possibility when it is culturally relevant. As such, the school takes the accomplishments and traditions of the African diaspora as its principle subject matter.

Interpreting each course through this lens is intended to build pride in addition to academic achievement. Rites of passage ceremonies line up next to internships as important aspects of students’ development. The formula appears to be working — for nine years straight, all graduates have been accepted to college.

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