Where We Are Today

Sparking change, one experience at a time

Founded in 2003, Adopt A Class (AAC) is a non-profit organization with a vision of a Greater Cincinnati where all students have access to caring adults who expose them to a breadth of life and career experiences so they can unleash their full potential. ​

​Adopt A Class’ mission connects businesses and civic groups with students in our economically challenged schools. ​

  • By pairing teams with individual classrooms, our adult mentors expose the students to a breadth of experiences and training to be job and career ready. 
  • For the organization, this engagement fosters a culture of teamwork and increased knowledge

Adopt A Class mentors, called adopters, engage with their adopted classes through monthly visits, educational activities, pen-palling and field trips, empowering them to unleash their full potential. Currently, more than 150 business and community groups are serving over 6,000 students in Greater Cincinnati.

Serving our community

AAC serves students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade in 32 schools across Greater Cincinnati. Schools participating in the AAC program have higher levels of poverty where majority of students participate in free lunch programs—where our help is needed most.

On average, 92% of the students we serve are eligible for free or reduced meals. Adopt A Class currently serves students Cincinnati Public Schools, Catholic Inner-City Schools, Lockland Local Schools, Princeton City Schools, Norwood City Schools, Newport Independent Schools and Covington Independent Schools. Learn more about the schools that we serve.

Fostering a culture of inclusion

Adopt a Class is committed to fostering a culture and environment that inspires and celebrates the diversity of our staff, mentors, teachers, students and board, without regard to race, color, socioeconomic status, religion/creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, marital status, veteran status or sexual orientation. AAC strives to empower everyone to be their true self.


To access our 2020 Annual Report, please click here.

To access our 2021 Annual Report, please click here.

“One of the 5th grade girls in our class had recently arrived from Senegal and speaks almost no English. When I spoke to her in French she beamed with pleasure, and you could tell she was delighted to respond in a language she recognized.  Making a difference in a child’s life like this, however small, represents the kind of rewards you don’t typically get during an ordinary day at work.”

Simon Foster

Senior Program Manager, Cintas Corporation

AAC Mentor