Educational Institutions

BEACON HILL PREPARATORY INSTITUTE

  • Dallas, TX

Mission Statement

Beacon Hill provides accelerated, supplemental education in reading and math to preschool to 12th grade students in Dallas County. 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.

In School Programming

• Literacy Tutoring (PreK–5th grade)

After School Programming

• 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)

During the last ten years we have tutored over 4,000 students (duplicated) across 13 local school districts. It is amazing to see children's report cards and standardized test scores improve—“commended" scores are a real reason to celebrate!

Partners are invited to join Educate Now, a collaboration of foundations, corporations, schools, organizations, and individuals who are supporting hundreds of economically disadvantaged children and parents so that children are performing at grade level. Educate Now:
• Provides funding to pay for program curriculum, materials, and supplies for children who are learning through our tutoring program;
• Deploys an army of 75 volunteers who are trained to assist tutors and provide other valuable support;
• Supports teachers and principals;
• Supports parents through parent workshops and encouraging their involvement; and
• Provides an array of services to support the schools. When Beacon Hill learns of a school need, we PARTNER with corporations and other organizations to address the problems. Examples from 2016: coat and uniform drive, clothes closets, school campus landscaping, playground revitalization, teachers' lounge renovation, book drive.

Beyond the individual need, without assistance now, high school dropout rates and poverty will significantly increase the tax burden through higher unemployment rates, incidence of criminal activity, substance use disorders, mental and physical health problems, use of public assistance and more. Employers will become increasing frustrated with an illiterate and unskilled workforce, causing them to migrate to other communities, causing further poverty and suffering in North Texas.

In response to the urgent need, we are infusing accelerated, in-school literacy tutoring for Pre-K to 12th grade students particularly focusing on Dallas' lowest performing elementary schools.

• Tutoring: At-risk children receive up to 3 hours of weekly tutoring at a teacher to student ratio of 1:3 using the proven Gideon Curriculum. Our curriculum uses 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 performance levels vary so much, every child learns 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 children 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 tutors and executive staff who “look like" them—90% of tutors are from minority backgrounds and our Executive Director is African American.

• Literacy Labs: In our in-school programs, 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. At the center of each Literacy Lab is a “Reading Tree" where volunteers engage students and read to them under the tree.

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

Main Programs

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

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Service Areas

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Texas

ruling year

2006

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EIN

42-1624235

 Number

0762667957

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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

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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

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

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

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