Sisu Academy

What if you are a young girl who is out of options?
Until now, there was nowhere for you to turn...
We created a safe, stable, healthy place for these young women. 
Sisu Academy is a free boarding high school for girls with unique needs.

Our Role is to Develop Humanistic, Purpose Driven Changemakers


Empathy First

Fail Intelligently  

Fueled by Grit

Collaborative Competition

Curiosity of Learning 

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At Sisu Academy, both students and teachers encourage one another to be better than they ever thought possible. Your choice and voice matter, and you'll learn things that are relevant to you. Imagine learning something and applying it immediately in your daily life or in your community.

What is Sisu


"Sisu”: The Finnish concept for stoic determination, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness.
​Sisu Academy is the first all-girls tuition-free, boarding high school, with an embedded incubator fueled by entrepreneurs and seed capital creating an immersive learning environment that funds all operational costs. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit for public good.

Funding Model

Sisu Academy has a unique funding model because we leverage donations and fundraising dollars to build self-sustaining long-term funding. As the school building project is completed we will transition towards a non-foundation based revenue model.

We need your support to get these students the education they deserve. 


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Sisu Academy admits students and hires staff of any race, gender, sexual orientation, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally afforded or made available at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, hiring and other school administered programs...because it is the right thing to do!