The Neighborhood Academy was founded in 2001 serving 8th and 9th grade students from under-served communities to provide them with the educational, spiritual, and emotional resources to succeed. The year-round school was established based on a feasibility study funded by the R.K. Mellon Foundation, and opened its doors in a renovated warehouse on Penn Avenue.
Over the next few years, the new school began to thrive, and in 2005, the first class of The Neighborhood Academy graduated with a 100% college acceptance rate, which is a feat that stands to this day. In 2007, five-year accreditation was earned from the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), and the school began plans for a new facility. Construction began in the summer of 2010. The Neighborhood Academy moved to its current campus on North Aiken Avenue in 2011.
In 2014, The Neighborhood Academy achieved 10-year accreditation from PAIS. The success of the school led to thoughts of expansion. A feasibility study was undertaken to investigate the possibility of adding the 6th and 7th grades. In 2017, The Neighborhood Academy opened its middle school program, and began to admit 6th & 7th grade students.
The belief that immersing young students in year-round, caring environments with high expectations can lead to successful lives is a model that The Neighborhood Academy has followed, and will continue to use in its work with under-served youth.