Educational Institutions

Boston Renaissance Charter School, Inc.

  • Hyde Park, MA
  • www.BostonRenaissance.org

Mission Statement

The BRCPS mission is to provide a vibrant educational experience for Boston's children, nurturing and developing children academically, socially and emotionally through a rigorous curriculum that includes technology, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, and movement.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy Initiative
  2. Instructional Technology Program
  3. Extended Learning After School Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Located in Hyde Park, the school serves 1,016 students and is the largest elementary school in Boston. The students represent twelve Boston neighborhoods including including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamiaca Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury and West Roxbury. Black/African American: 682; Latino/Hispanic: 290; Multiracial: 24; Asian: 17; Caucasian: 12. Special education: 128. 830 are low-income. Located in Hyde Park, the school serves 1,025 students and is the largest elementary school in Boston. The students represent twelve Boston neighborhoods including including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamiaca Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury and West Roxbury. Black/African American: 682; Latino/Hispanic: 290; Multiracial: 24; Asian: 17; Caucasian: 12. Special education: 128. 830 are low-income.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Dr. Roger F. Harris

Keywords

Self-reported

Grades K1-6, charter school, inner city, minorities, low-income

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EIN

04-3241054

 Number

3807610676

Also Known As

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments: 1. 4th grade MCAS Long Composition test scores went up from 11 to 14.4. 2. A new fundraising program has started to yield results. The first annual gala yeilded $500,000. A new grants program has funded Literacy professional development for 4th and 5th grade teachers and scholarship money has been raised for students to attend the after-school program. 3. A new writing program was piloted starting in January of 2012. Early responses from teachers and students were overwhelminghly positive. The program is being further developed over the summer in conjunction with teacher training. The program will be introduced in all 4th and 5th grade classrooms starting in September. 4. The number of students in the Mandarin program has increased by 15%. 5. The Voices of Renaissance, a 100 voice choir of students, faculty, staff and parents performed at the White House at the annual Holiday gathering hosted by the first family. Goals: 1. Students and teachers achieve Adequate Yearly Progress on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Tests in English Language Arts, Math and Science, with 75% or more of students demonstrating proficiency. 2. Sixth grade students produce a rubric-scored electronic portfolio demonstrating achievement of 21st century technology skills with 75% of students demonstrating proficiency as evaluated by adult practitioners. 3. The Percentage of BRCPS students served by BRCPS's optional full-service programming such as Vision, Dental, Counseling increases by 5% each year. 4. BRCPS advances its Mandarin Program by grade level each year so that it becomes a K-6 program by the end of the charter term (2015).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Literacy Initiative

The BRCPS literacy model offers a systematic approach to reading intervention, including development of practices regarding student placement with specialist assignment; use of computer-based intervention programs; creation of a reading Lab, and an expanded and enhanced professional development system that trains teachers in specific intervention and enrichment programs to challenge students. This program is responsible for the outstanding success of BRCPS students in MCAS reading scores over the past four years.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Blacks

Hispanics

Budget

$1,069,156.00

Program 2

Instructional Technology Program

The Technology facilities and program at BRCPS make up one of the most advanced and comprehensive education technology systems in Massachusetts. Goals BRCPS will effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning to raise student performance in core academic areas; develop students' ability to think critically, creatively, analytically and collaboratively; Ÿprepare students to be competitive in a technology-rich 21st century global workplace; expand students' perspectives by connecting them to the community and the world, and enrich assessment practices to better monitor a wide range of student needs.

Category

Science & Technology, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Blacks

Hispanics

Budget

$1,009,037.00

Program 3

Extended Learning After School Program

The Extended Learning After School Program serves 120 children from kindergarten through grade six. Students meet from 3:30-6 pm Monday through Friday and are grouped by grade with approximately 20 students per classroom. Parents pay a monthly fee of $175. The program is run by a full-time director and staffed by teachers, paraprofessionals, and college student volunteers from Lasell College (America Reads, reading and America Counts, math).

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Blacks

Hispanics

Budget

$219,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Located in Hyde Park, the school serves 1,016 students and is the largest elementary school in Boston. The students represent twelve Boston neighborhoods including including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamiaca Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury and West Roxbury. Black/African American: 682; Latino/Hispanic: 290; Multiracial: 24; Asian: 17; Caucasian: 12. Special education: 128. 830 are low-income. Located in Hyde Park, the school serves 1,025 students and is the largest elementary school in Boston. The students represent twelve Boston neighborhoods including including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamiaca Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury and West Roxbury. Black/African American: 682; Latino/Hispanic: 290; Multiracial: 24; Asian: 17; Caucasian: 12. Special education: 128. 830 are low-income.

Funding Needs

1. Purchase new curriculum for reading and math school wide ($300,000). 2. Maintain Renaissance Fellow program so that the school can train teachers and then move them into classrooms the following year when needed ($300,000). 3. Intervention service resources to support students not attaining proficiency benchmarks (technology and other programs - $100,000). 4. Professaional development for teachers, services and programs ($50,000). 5. Parental university (workshops to bring in outside providers to teach parents how to support their children academically ($20,000).

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BOSTON RENAISSANCE CHARTER SCHOOL INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Boston Renaissance Charter School, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Roger F. Harris

BIO

Roger Harris was born and raised in the Roxbury section of Boston. He served three years of active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty with a combat unit in Vietnam. He received a B.S. from Boston University, a master's degree in School Administration from Boston state College, and a Ph.D.from Boston College. Harris worked for over 25 years in the Boston Public Schools system, as a teacher, dean of discipline, athletic coach, assistant headmaster, and principal. Prior to Renaissance, Harris was principal of the Timilty Middle School, which received the "Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence" and the "A+ Award for Breaking the Mold" from the U.S. Department of Education. A "Point of Light" award receipient, Harris also has received awards from the Urban League, Urban Bankers Forum, Kiwanis Club, Veterans' Benefits Clearinghouse, the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts and the US Secretary of Education.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Every school in Boston is attempting to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged students and their families. There is no other school in Boston that offers such a comprehensive array of services for children. In addition to the Extended Learning After School Program, BRCPS also offers wrap-around on-site non-academic support survices to remove obstacles to learning (i.e.a Vision Center, Dental Center, 2 full-time nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical thearapists, etc.). "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Lennitt Bligen Jr.

Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage

Term: Nov 2007 - Nov 2016

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