Educational Institutions

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  • St. Louis, MO
  • www.accessacademies.org

Mission Statement

ACCESS (Academies Creating Challenging Education for St. Louis Students) is a not-for-profit corporation established to ensure that socially-and/or economically-disadvantaged students in the St. Louis area have access to top-quality, values-based education, regardless of race, ethnicity or religious affiliation.

Main Programs

  1. ACCESS - Middle School
  2. ACCESS - Graduate Support Program
  3. ACCESS - High School Tuition Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Presently, ACCESS Academies serves Academy students enrolled at our three Archdiocesan partner schools:
--Most Holy Trinity School & Academy at 1435 Mallinckrodt St. (North St. Louis)
--St. Cecilia School & Academy at 906 Eichelberger (South St. Louis)
--St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral at 4430 Maryland Ave. (Central West End)
Academy Graduates receive support through our Graduate Support Program at the following private, college-prep high schools:
Bishop DuBourg High School
Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Chaminade College Prep
Christian Brothers College High School
Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
Cor Jesu Academy
DeSmet Jesuit High School
Gateway Institute of Technology
Incarnate Word Academy
Lutheran High School North
Lutheran High School South
Metro Academic and Classical High School
Nerinx Hall
Notre Dame High School
Rosati-Kain High School
St. Elizabeth Academy
St. John Vianney High School
St. Joseph's Academy
St. Louis University High
St. Mary's High School
Trinity High School
Ursuline Academy
Villa Duchesne High School

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Betsy Liberatore

Keywords

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NativityMiguel, diocesan, private, Catholic

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Also Known As

ACCESS Academies

EIN

20-3443231

 Number

8302173779

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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Since 2005, 600 disadvantaged youth have received a top-quality, values-based education thanks to ACCESS Academies' unique model of education.
-87% of ACCESS students qualify for free/reduced lunch
-99% of ACCESS students in the Graduate Support program graduate on-time
-98% of ACCESS students are admitted to college preparatory high schools
-95% of ACCESS students are admitted to college or other post-secondary institution

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

ACCESS - Middle School

ACCESS extends the school day to support a robust academic curriculum, homework assistance, service projects and enrichment. ACCESS also supports mandatory summer school, and provides a school-based Graduate Support Director, who works with middle school students and their families to find a college-preparatory high school that fits the student’s unique personality and learning style. This includes high school visits, application support, financial guidance, and more through the ACCESS middle school Academy.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

ACCESS - Graduate Support Program

Since the establishment of ACCESS Academies in 2005, Graduate Support Directors have been partnered with Archdiocesan middle schools to provide critical academic, social, financial and emotional support for low-income and/or minority students and their families for the next seven years of their educational journey. This includes, but is not limited to:
*Collaborating with school-based leadership and faculty to oversee the extended school day and mandatory summer school programs through the ACCESS middle school Academy
*Working with middle school students and their families to find a college-preparatory high school that fits the student’s unique personality and learning style. This includes high school visits, application support, financial guidance, and more through the ACCESS middle school Academy
*Transitioning Academy graduates from middle school to high school. This includes, but is not limited to, consistent high school visits, tutoring, mentoring, tuition scholarships, and monitoring each student’s individual academic growth and achievement through all four years of high school
*Providing post-secondary counseling and support for Academy graduates through college tours, ACT test prep, college application and essay support, and FAFSA counseling, as well as paying for all ACT tests and college applications

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

ACCESS - High School Tuition Scholarships

Since its founding in 2005, ACCESS Academies has prepared and propelled 98% of all its 8th grade graduates- approximately 300 students- to private, college-prep high schools. Once there, ACCESS students receive academic scholarships and support services through the Graduate Support Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, post-secondary counseling, ACT preparation courses and more to ensure continued success.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To ensure that socially-and/or economically-disadvantaged students in the St. Louis area have access to top-quality, values-based education, regardless of race, ethnicity or religious affiliation.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    ACCESS makes a seven-year commitment to each student, beginning in middle school, to support a robust academic curriculum, homework assistance, service projects and enrichment. ACCESS also supports mandatory summer school, and provides a school-based Graduate Support Director, who works directly with each student, and their family, from middle school, through high school, and into college.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In addition to supporting the extended school day and summer school programs at each Academy, ACCESS works with families to find a college-preparatory high school that fits the student's unique personality and learning style. After leaving middle school, ACCESS then eases the transition from middle school to high school by monitoring each student's individual academic growth and achievement through mentoring and advocacy. Finally, while a student is in high school, ACCESS provides college assistance through college tours, ACT test prep, college application and essay support, and FAFSA counseling.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Annual reporting of student demographics, high school acceptance rates, and post-secondary acceptance rates.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    “For the past eleven years, ACCESS Academies has partnered with the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to identify schools serving high-poverty populations. Currently, 87% of our students meet the qualifications for federal poverty programs. Presently, ACCESS Academies are housed within three Archdiocesan partner schools:
    -Most Holy Trinity School & Academy at 1435 Mallinckrodt St. (North St. Louis)
    -St. Cecilia School & Academy at 906 Eichelberger (South St. Louis)
    -St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral at 4430 Maryland Ave. (Central West End)
    ACCESS will be opening a new Academy at St. Louis Catholic Academy in 2017. Located in North St. Louis, in the Penrose neighborhood, St. Louis Catholic Academy serves approximately 170 minority students from over 15 zip codes. Currently, 90% of the school's population qualifies for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The new Academy will be open the 2017-18 school year.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Presently, ACCESS Academies serves Academy students enrolled at our three Archdiocesan partner schools:
--Most Holy Trinity School & Academy at 1435 Mallinckrodt St. (North St. Louis)
--St. Cecilia School & Academy at 906 Eichelberger (South St. Louis)
--St. Louis the King School at the Cathedral at 4430 Maryland Ave. (Central West End)
Academy Graduates receive support through our Graduate Support Program at the following private, college-prep high schools:
Bishop DuBourg High School
Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Chaminade College Prep
Christian Brothers College High School
Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
Cor Jesu Academy
DeSmet Jesuit High School
Gateway Institute of Technology
Incarnate Word Academy
Lutheran High School North
Lutheran High School South
Metro Academic and Classical High School
Nerinx Hall
Notre Dame High School
Rosati-Kain High School
St. Elizabeth Academy
St. John Vianney High School
St. Joseph's Academy
St. Louis University High
St. Mary's High School
Trinity High School
Ursuline Academy
Villa Duchesne High School

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Operations

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Betsy Liberatore

BIO

Betsy Liberatore, who has served as ACCESS' Event Director since 2011, has helped to raise over $1,570,000 in high school tuition dollars for NativityMiguel students. Previously, she has held a variety of leadership roles including Executive Director of the Saint Louis Ambassadors, Inc.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marian "Bo" Mehan

Co-Chair, Estate Planning & Probate Department, Lewis Rice LLC

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