Educational Institutions

BEACON HILL PREPARATORY INSTITUTE

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.beaconhillprep.org

Mission Statement

It is the Mission of Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute to provide a holistic approach to child development through academic, cultural and life-skill programs with active parental involvement.

Main Programs

  1. In-School Literacy Tutoring
  2. After School Tutoring Program

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Service Areas

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Texas

As of 2016 Beacon Hill primarily serves in the Dallas county area and its surrounding communities. 100% of the students served in our In-school Program come from the South Dallas, Pleasant Grove and Southwest Oak Cliff areas. A very poor and Economically Disadvantage population.

ruling year

2006

President , Co-Founder since 2006

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Charnella Derry

Keywords

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Tutoring, education, supplemental learning, Math, Reading

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EIN

42-1624235

 Number

0762667957

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

In-School Literacy Tutoring

In response to the urgent need, we are infusing accelerated, in-school literacy tutoring for kindergarten to 5th grade students in Dallas’ lowest performing elementary schools. In 2016-17, our program will serve 550 K-5th grade children. Each child will receive 3 hours of tutoring for 30 weeks for a total of 90 hours per child and 49,500 hours of tutoring for all children.

• Tutoring: At-risk children receive 3 hours of weekly reading tutoring at a teacher to student ratio of 1:3 using the proven Gideon Curriculum. Our curriculum uses a phonetic approach with integrated exercises, workbooks, and storybooks. At the beginning of the semester, each student is given a pre-assessment, followed by the development of a customized learning plan. Because reading levels vary so much, every child learns to read at her/his own pace. Customized, individualized teaching is just not possible in busy classrooms.

• Skilled Teachers: Students are tutored by our teachers who are certified to teach the Gideon Curriculum. We supplement the teacher ratio by also using volunteers in the classroom. At least 85% of the children in the schools we serve are from minority backgrounds. Because teachers play significant roles in modeling the importance of getting an education, it is important for children to see teachers and executive staff who “look like” them—90% of tutors are from minority backgrounds and our Executive Director is African American.

• Literacy Labs: Children visit the Literacy Lab in their school 3 times each week. The labs provide tables which have been specially designed to gather 3 children around each tutor to increase their focus. The labs are decorated, welcoming, and focused on learning. At the center of each Literacy Lab is a “Reading Tree” where volunteers engage students and read to them under the tree.

• Visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and social opportunities. Students are engaged by using hands-on manipulatives and help them learn through tactile and movement activities.

• Incentives: Students earn “Beacon Hill Bucks” for improved grades which can be spent in the Literacy Store on (donated) fun school supplies, head phones, cool socks, nail polish, watches, and more. This not only motivates students, but impacts financial literacy.

Our In-School Tutoring Program is the core component of Educate Now, which gathers the community to change the lives of our children:

• Trained volunteers assist teachers at every campus every day. In 2016-17 we will collaborate with 75 volunteers who will cumulatively donate nearly 10,000 hours annually to assist with our In-School Tutoring Program.

• A Parent Preparatory Program. Parent involvement is a key element to the success of students. We provide 4 parent workshops annually. In addition, we send home regular communications to parents so that they are aware of our activities and to invite parents to visit our literacy labs.

• Coordination with Teachers and Schools: We integrate with our schools by providing student level data to teachers and principals at the end of each 6 weeks. We meet with teachers monthly and principals at least 5 times per school year to discuss student progress and behavioral problems.
• Community Involvement: When Beacon Hill learns that there is a need in a school, we partner with corporations and other community based organizations through the Educate Now initiative to address the problem. For example, this year we brought in businesses and others to help provide a coat and uniform drive, create clothes closets including hygiene kits, landscape school campuses, revitalize a playground, renovate a teachers’ lounge, and run a book drive. This establishes Beacon Hill as a partner with the school—not just a service provider.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

450,000

Program 2

After School Tutoring Program

Beacon Hill provides accelerated, supplemental education in reading and math to preschool to 12th grade students. Our approach is holistic through academic, cultural, and life-skills programs with parent involvement. Nearly all of the children we work with are low income and minority. We use a business model to provide effective, efficient services that produce measurable outcomes.

• Assisted Math Tutoring (Preschool–2nd grade)
• Learning to Read Tutoring(Preschool–1st grade)
• Math Tutoring for Independent Learners (3rd–12th grade)
• Reading for Comprehension Tutoring (3rd – 12th grade)
• SAT-ACT College Prep (9th–12th grade)
• Enrichment Programming (All Ages)
• Parent Preparatory Program (All Parents)

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

150,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

As of 2016 Beacon Hill primarily serves in the Dallas county area and its surrounding communities. 100% of the students served in our In-school Program come from the South Dallas, Pleasant Grove and Southwest Oak Cliff areas. A very poor and Economically Disadvantage population.

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BEACON HILL PREPARATORY INSTITUTE

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President , Co-Founder

Charnella Derry

BIO

Charnella Derry is the co-founder and President of Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute (BHPI), a 501c3 non-profit organization that advocates Mastery Learning in Reading & Math for Students in Pre-K – 12th grade to ensure all youth are college and career ready when they graduate from high school. BHPI primary mission is to provide a structured and accelerated education to supplement the existing academic curriculum in the Private, charter & public school systems that will advance the minds of today's youth. Charnella is a seasoned business manager and a focused educator.   She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting and the University of Dallas with an MBA in Finance.  She has more than 20 years experience in corporate management working for Mobil Oil Corporation as a Senior Tax Accountant and The Warrior Group as Senior Accountant and Business Development Manager. She has over 15 years of experience implementing and working with educational programs with different school districts, churches, community colleges and non-profits across the metroplex. She also serves on various educational boards and committees including the 2013 class of Leadership DALLAS ISD, GrowSouth - South Dallas WINS Team and various other initiatives. Charnella stepped away from corporate America in September 2011 to focus full time on her passion and purpose of educating the youth in our community and to help them become better prepared adults and leaders of tomorrow.

Charnella was born in Houston, Texas and come from a family of educators. She is the daughter of William and Billie Swanson (Loving Care Private School Owners for over 50 years) and has 2 sisters (Celitha & Tanya) and 2 brothers (William II and Danny) all of Houston Texas. She is an active member of Concord Church in Dallas Texas, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is married to her husband Llewellyn A. Derry I of over 25 years and has three beautiful children.

STATEMENT FROM THE President , Co-Founder

"According to a February 23, 2010 article by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), “Texas' English and Mathematics College and Career Readiness Standards meet and in many cases exceed national standards..." Texas was the first state to adopt col- lege readiness standards that are comprised of standards from the Texas College and Career Readiness Board, The Common Core College Readiness Board and the National Governors Association. Texas has always been a leader in primary and secondary education when compared to the rest of the nation and the only way that Texas can stay at the top is if their individual school districts commit to core principles of education that have been tested, employed and proven year in and year out.
National studies have been conducted confirming the importance and advantage of supplemental education. The significance of mastering reading and math at an early age is invaluable to each student in their academic growth, subject comprehension & application, proficiency and reten on. Countless evidence confirms students who supplement their reading, math and other core skills at an early age are 1-3 years academically ahead of their peers who do not.
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute (BHPI) is a proven supplemental education program that has a track record of academic success with our students. BHPI has a three pillar, 360 degree view of educating students: Academics, Enrichments and Parent Preparatory. It is through these three 'courses' that students learn, achieve and grow at their own pace; apply what they learn in age appropriate labs/ workshops; and engage parents every step of the way to enable and equip them to coach their son/daughter to achieve their dreams.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of BHPI, our very able President, Mrs. Charnella Derry and her staff , I'd like to thank the GuideStar Community for the opportunity to to deliver the BHPI supplemental educational program to the students of our Community.
If I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact me at rbisor@beaconhillprep.org"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Robert T Bisor

Texas A&M University

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