Educational Institutions

Brooke School Foundation

  • Roslindale, MA
  • www.ebrooke.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Brooke Charter Schools is to provide an academically rigorous education to students from the cities of Boston and Chelsea that will ensure they are prepared to enter into and succeed in college.

Main Programs

  1. Associate Teacher Program
  2. Brooke Schools
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

We educate traditionally underserved students in the Boston area. Primary sending neighborhoods include: Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, East Boston and Chelsea.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Mr. Jon Clark

Co Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Ms. Kimberly Steadman

Keywords

Self-reported

Brooke, Edward W. Brooke Charter School, EWBCS, BCS, Edward Brooke, Brooke Charter Schools

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EIN

30-0015324

Also Known As

Edward W. Brooke Charter School

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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To prove that great teaching can close the achievement gap, we need to show that our model can succeed at scale and can succeed in serving students across the K-12 spectrum. Further, we need to grow with excellence. Brooke schools will not just close the achievement gap; they will shatter it, beating out Massachusetts's wealthiest districts for a spot in the top five districts in the state. With these remarkable results, we will become the ""go to"" expert on teaching excellence and a trusted voice in the education reform debate.To achieve this goal, we will grow slowly and deliberately at first. In phase one of our growth, we will open four new Boston-area schools in the next five years. Three of these new schools will serve students in grades K-8; the fourth school will serve grades 9-12. Together, the five Brooke schools will serve over 2,200 low-income students a year. Record of SuccessBrooke students are laying waste to the achievement gap. On the 2014 MCAS tests, Brooke once again led the state in multiple grades and subjects, with proficiency rates at or near 100%. This year also marked the highest percentage of students scoring advanced in math and ELA in the history of Brooke Charter Schools. Among the highlights at each school: * 91% of our sixth graders in East Boston scored at the advanced level in math - the highest proportion of students scoring advanced on that test in any school in the Commonwealth over the last nine years. * 86% of our fifth graders in Roslindale scored at the advanced level in math and 65% of them scored at the advanced level in ELA - higher proportions than at any other school in the Commonwealth. * 100% of Brooke Mattapan 7th graders were proficient in ELA, making them the highest ranking students in the Commonwealth.Across the board, Brooke students not only closed the achievement gap - they outperformed students in the wealthiest districts in the state.

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

Associate Teacher Program

The Associate Teacher Program is a one-year teacher fellowship designed to train and prepare future Brooke teachers.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$342,507.00

Program 2

Brooke Schools

Boston parents have seen the achievement of Brooke students and alumni and want the same opportunities for success for their children. There are currently over 4,000 children on the Brooke waitlists. The odds of ""winning"" a seat at Brooke in the lottery for the 2011-2012 school year were around 7% -- less than the likelihood of getting into this country's top colleges and graduate programs. Families want great schools but are currently shut out due to the limited number of seats available at schools like Brooke.We want to meet this family demand by opening more Brooke schools. In addition to parent demand, our desire to grow is driven by the belief that all Boston students - even those who will never attend a Brooke school - deserve great teaching. By scaling up, we can provide a proof point to other schools and districts that great teaching closes the achievement gap. Further, that type of great teaching can be achieved at scale and on public dollars. We want to show Boston, Massachusetts, and the nation what a school focused on great teaching looks like - and prove that this kind of school creates excellent results for kids. The more Brooke schools we run, the more we will influence the kind of education that all Boston students receive.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

4,000,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

We educate traditionally underserved students in the Boston area. Primary sending neighborhoods include: Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, East Boston and Chelsea.

Funding Needs

Human capitalSince our model centers on great teaching, we must hire and develop excellent school leaders. We must also hire teachers with strong potential and develop them into excellent teachers. FY12FY13FY14FY15FY16FY17FY18FY19FY20Principal Fellows122222111Teachers274137585549524541Associate Teachers111620263135384040Operations445656544Network Staff211111111 Facilities:We need to find, finance, and refurbish buildings that will meet our needs as we grow. For each of our new schools, we plan to identify and secure a temporary facility for years one and two while securing and building out a permanent facility for each school that will be ready to move into at the start of year three. As we grow, we will need to find and renovate a new building for each of our Brooke schools. Facilities pose a significant challenge in Boston, for a few reasons: Although Boston Public Schools (BPS) currently owns several empty school buildings, and although it has recently signaled a potential willingness to lease some of those to charters, it has also signaled that the supply of those available buildings will be limited, lease terms will be short, and asking rent will be market rate. If and when BPS does choose to rent space to charters, it is not at all clear that the buildings it makes available will meet our program requirements and location needs, OR that those buildings will be made available on terms that are significantly better than can be had elsewhere. The Catholic archdiocese, once a consistent seller of available school buildings, has decided that they will not rent or sell former parochial school buildings to charters. Many charters are replicating at the same time, so competition for buildings, tax credit, and tax-free bond allocations is fierce.

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

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Operations

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Brooke School Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jon Clark

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Kimberly Steadman

BIO

Jon Clark, Co-DirectorB.A., Oberlin CollegeJon Clark founded the Brooke middle school in 2002. Before coming to Brooke, he was a founding teacher at South Boston Harbor Academy where he also served as math department chair for four years. Jon also taught junior high school math for two years in Belle Chasse, Louisiana and worked as a researcher for a professor of International Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jon was a 1992 Teach for America corps member.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Founded in 2002, Brooke Charter Schools is a network of three high-performing K-8 public charter schools in Boston. Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education to students from the cities of Boston and Chelsea that will ensure that they are prepared to attend and succeed in college. Named after Senator Edward W. Brooke, the first African-American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, our strategy is to focus relentlessly on developing excellent teaching to a detailed and extraordinarily rigorous set of K-8 learning standards. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Brooke served 1,140 students across three schools and currently has over 4,000 students on our waitlist. Kimberly Steadman, Co-Director and Jon Clark, Co-Director "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Scott Oran

Dinosaur Capital Partners

Term: May 2011 - May 2015

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