Educational Institutions

Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School Foundation Inc.

  • Hyde Park, MA
  • http://www.pacrim.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower urban students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to achieve their full intellectual and social potential by combining the best of the East--high standards, discipline and character education--with the best of the West--a commitment to individualism, creativity and diversity.

Main Programs

  1. 5-12 College Preparatory Education
  2. Special Education
  3. China Exchange Program
  4. Summer Enrichment Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

APR is open to all Boston students, but due to location primarily serves students from Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester, Mattapan, and to a lesser extent Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and West Roxbury.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Ms. Susan J. Thompson

Keywords

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APR, pacrim, academy of the pacific rim, pacific rim

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EIN

04-3286025

 Number

7730127850

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

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Overview

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Accomplishments:1.) The Academy received it's 4th Commonwealth Charter in May 2012. 2.) APR's class of 2012 was our largest ever, with 44 students graduating. 100% achieved college admission, with nearly 100% continuing to 4-year colleges (two opted for community colleges, due to specific program opportunities). The class earned a collective $3.5 million in grant and scholarship aid. 3.) Summer of 2012 welcomed two new programs: the expanded Middle School summer program, and APR's Summer in China program. The 3-week Middle School summer program, called "Dragon Summer Camp," was designed to eliminate the 'summer slide' among struggling, low-income students, and to increase their buy-in to our school culture and academic program. The Summer in China program sent six students to Beijing for 3 weeks where they stayed with our sister school, Beijing # 80, studied Mandarin, visited the sites of Beijing and Xi'an, and volunteered with two children's organizations as a community service project. 4.) In 2013, APR's 10th Grade class ranked 1st in Massachusetts for their English MCAS scores. Goals: 1. Due to recent backfilling legislation and improved student retention, our high school is growing, and we are facing acute facilities needs. An unfinished mezzanine level in our building must be converted into classroom space in the next year or two, and we must raise approximately $1.2 million over the next few years to do so. The space will include a science lab, a Mandarin classroom/language lab, and a seminar space, as well as additional restrooms and a small conference/ tutoring room. 2. We must continue to raise $50k/year to support our signature Chinese language and exchange programs, which are a central and popular component of APR's program. 3. We want 100% of our students to pass the MCAS with scores of Advanced or Proficient. Early, effective intervention in the areas of literacy and numeracy are helping our students master the relevant skills, and we are seeing improvements in performances across the board.

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

5-12 College Preparatory Education

APR's classrooms and culture reflect our unwavering belief that all students can succeed and deserve the opportunity to attend college and be active citizens in their communities. Our program emphasizes both academics and character education, and a commitment to building genuine and positive relationships with students and families. An emphasis on Asian traditions and culture encourages an outward-looking, global perspective. Our school begins with a structured, nurturing, skills-intensive 5th & 6th grade program created to accommodate a wide range of abilities. The program progresses to a 7th & 8th grade middle school experience that adds measures of independence while building habits of scholarship that form an increasingly solid foundation for high school. In high school, academic rigor, along with student leadership, choice and voice, increases each year, preparing students to be successful in college and beyond.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Named Groups

Budget

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Program 2

Special Education

We are committed to following both the letter and the spirit of the law for special education through a full-inclusion approach. We follow a clear, consistent pre-referral and referral process when indicated. In our lower middle school (grades 5 & 6), math and ELA are co-taught by a content-area specialist and a special education teacher. In older grades, students whose IEP indicates a need are given academic support tutoring by a special education teacher, who consults weekly with content area teachers to ensure that all accommodations and modifications are in place. Some students receive a reduced course load, or a modified curriculum, depending on their IEP. Additionally, depending on the needs of the student as outlined in his or her IEP, we provide necessary support through speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or counseling.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

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Program 3

China Exchange Program

The Academy of the Pacific Rim was founded in the spirit of multi-cultural education, with a desire to prepare students to enter a global, 21st century workforce. Mandarin language study involves more than 300 students daily at APR beginning in the 7th grade, and the Exchange Program builds upon that curriculum. We believe an essential part of this preparation is for students to experience foreign cultures firsthand, not just learn about them in school. Since 2001, APR has offered a faculty-chaperoned two and half-week spring exchange program to 15-20 of our high school students with our sister school in China, Beijing #80 School. Since 2008, we have offered an additional trimester-long opportunity for students who wish to return to Beijing #80 for twelve weeks in the fall. In response to student demand, in 2012 we added a 3-week summer program as well, which includes opportunities for service-learning through volunteer experiences in Beijing. Each January, approximately 20 students and 3-4 teachers from Beijing #80 spend three weeks at APR, touring New England and staying with APR host families. The friendships that grow out of these visits are sometimes very strong, and families often remain in touch after the students returns to China.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

75000.00

Program 4

Summer Enrichment Programs

One common challenge facing students at any school is the tendency to lose ground academically over the summer. Research indicates that high-quality enrichment activities can lessen the "slide", because students remain intellectually engaged and curious. Students without such opportunities, often from low-income families, find the summer slide greatly undermines their academic success. For students, who arrive below grade-level, losing precious learning over the summer impedes their academic progress. For this reason, the middle school's invitation-only Dragon Summer Camp provides students a free 3-wk enrichment program combining academics, enrichment opportunities and counseling. In the high school, summer enrichment involves the Pacific Rim Enrichment Program (PREP). All High School Students complete at least 75 hours of either community service, a college prep class, or an internship, write a research paper on the experience and present it to classmates and faculty.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

70000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

APR is open to all Boston students, but due to location primarily serves students from Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester, Mattapan, and to a lesser extent Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and West Roxbury.

Funding Needs

1. As stated above, our single most pressing funding need is capital support to enable us to complete the mezzanine classroom space as quickly as possible. 2. Our China Exchange could enable up to 35 students to visit China each year. Because our student body is 55% low-income, and the remaining students come from only slightly wealthier families, we must heavily subsidize the travel expenses of these students. Other program costs are related to hosting students from Beijing in Boston, including school bus rental, etc. 3. We are committed to providing greater resources for STEM learning, and seek to increase the technological opportunities our students have both in the science lab and where appropriate in other classes as well (for example the opportunity to use Smartboards).

Accreditations

Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education (Mass DESE)

Affiliations + Memberships

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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ACADEMY OF THE PACIFIC RIM CHARTER SCHOOL FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School Foundation Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Susan J. Thompson

BIO

Susan J. Thompson has served as Executive Director of the Academy of the Pacific Rim since April 2009. Bringing more than 25 years experience in educational leadership and management to this position, Ms. Thompson has previously taught and served in administrative capacities in Utah, California, Illinois, and Georgia. Previous school leadership positions held by Ms. Thompson include her five-year tenure as Head of the Atlanta Girls' School, in Atlanta, GA. In addition, she served for six years as Head of School at the Elgin Academy, a co-ed college preparatory day school serving grades PK through 12 in Elgin, Ill. Before becoming Head of Elgin Academy, she served a three-year term as their Upper School Head. Prior to her Illinois tenure, Ms. Thompson completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. Before going to HGSE, she was Assistant Head for Academics of the Cornelia Connelly School in Anaheim, California, where she was responsible for the daily operation of the school's academic program. During her 11 years in California, Ms. Thompson also served as Director of Student Services at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles. In addition, she was one of the charter members of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project, based in Wellesley, MA. Ms. Thompson was a member of the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Advisory Committee on Girls and Women in Independent Schools, which she also chaired for two years. Throughout her career, she has consistently served on education related external committees and task forces, including leading accreditation teams.In addition to her years of administrative service, Ms. Thompson taught United States and European history, as well as numerous social science electives. In particular, her early commitments to curriculum and instructional reform, classroom technology, and faculty professional development have informed her educational work significantly. A native of western Pennsylvania, Ms. Thompson earned her bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in U.S. History. She earned her master's degree in Human Development, with a concentration in Administration and Women's Studies, from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA. In addition to her C.A.S. at Harvard, she did graduate work in European and U.S. History at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School (APR) serves an ethnically diverse population of 500 students in grades 5-12 from the Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan and Dorchester neighborhoods in Boston. We offer a rigorous college preparatory program attentive to the needs of each student: a smaller, more intimate alternative to Boston's exam schools, with a widely-recognized special education program that ensures all students get the support they need to learn, thrive and succeed. 55% of our students come from families that meet the federal definition of ""low-income,"" and the remaining 45% hover just above this level.APR students learn to value effort, personal ambition and perseverance. Nearly 100% of APR's graduates matriculate into 4-year colleges each fall, and their persistence rate once in college approaches 92%. Although APR's academic culture is not driven by standardized testing, our MCAS scores are strong. In 2012, for the second time in four years, APR's 10th Grade English MCAS scores were first in the State! Taken together, our school's results prove that when students and teachers are committed to success, don't make excuses or cut corners, then all students can learn and position themselves to attend college and become productive and empowered members of our increasingly global workforce.In keeping with a school culture of ""gambatte""—a Japanese word meaning hard work, persistence and never giving up—APR has long been concerned with making sure those who struggle academically have the supports they need to persevere and succeed in our school. A collection of efforts to intervene early in a struggling student's career have succeeded in stemming attrition in the early grades. Coupled with recent backfilling legislation, these efforts have led to a dramatic increase in our student body's size: the class of 2012 was the largest yet, with 44 students. In 2010, the ninth grade had 54 students; this year there are 80. While students' academic success is its own reward, we are facing great challenges as well. Additional faculty continue to be hired to accommodate the greater numbers, but we have run out of classroom space and must construct three new classrooms on what is currently an unfinished mezzanine level in our school building. This space situation is urgent and cannot be overstated. We are reaching out to old friends and seeking new ones to see that our school is able to continue serving students at the level we feel that they, and all students, deserve."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Anne Marie Martorana

Wheelock College

Term: Aug 2013 - June 2016

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