History of School
The Las Américas ASPIRA Academy (LAAA) is the direct outgrowth of the mission of ASPIRA of Delaware, Inc., an associate office of the national ASPIRA Association. ASPIRA, since its start with ASPIRA New York, has had over fifty years of experience creating and implementing formal and informal education programs that build up youth self-esteem, cultural awareness, and leadership abilities. ASPIRA associate offices successfully operate charter schools in Philadelphia and Chicago. Originally founded as a Puerto-Rican organization, ASPIRA Associate Offices in the 7 states of Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico now serve a diverse population of youth, with the specific mission to empower the Puerto Rican and Latino community through advocacy and the education and leadership development of its youth.
Las Américas ASPIRA Academy opened its doors in August 2011 with just over 300 students in grades K-5. In the 2022-2023 school year, LAAA serves over 1,300 students across two campuses in Newark, Delaware. Our East Campus consist of grades K-8 and our high school is located in the West Campus.