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Padre Pio Academy

  • Shawnee, KS
  • www.padrepioacademy.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a classical education to all children in need in grades K-8. The Academy strives to develop young people rooted in truth and virtue, while inspiring them to seek intellectual, spiritual, aesthetic and physical excellence.

Main Programs

  1. Family Scholarship Program
  2. Learning Therapy that Connects the Pathways to Success
  3. Integrated Visual Arts Program
  4. Let's Get the Word Out
Service Areas

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Kansas

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Mr. Kevin McNeill

Keywords

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classical education academic excellence Elementary Education Character Formation Safe Environment

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EIN

48-1214489

 Number

6048829992

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

entary & Secondary Schools (Ele)

Education (Art)

n Catholic (Rom)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Padre Pio Academy is celebrating its eleventh year as a unique educational opportunity for children of the Kansas City community and beyond. Among the most significant accomplishment of our school is our 8:1 student:teacher ratio, which allows for individual attention. That is particularly important for the many students who come to us after finding themselves unable to flourish in larger school environments. Many of these children move up two grade levels by the end of their first year with us, as evidenced by the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

 

We have continued to expand our art program this year.  The children have worked with all media throughout the past four years.  Our art program is limited due to cost constraints, however, the children are developing a true appreciation for art through the classes we offer.  The instructor is very frugal but instills a value for art on her limited budget that will stay with these children for life.  We also have added a music teacher this year.  We plan to coordinate the art history and music theory so that they compliment each other to give the student a thorough understanding of each unique time period in art and music history throughout the ages.

 

Another goal for this past year focused on increasing our enrollment to those children who need us, especially those children in the community who have difficulty learning in a larger environment. We increased our enrollment 40% this year and expect a large enrollment next year.  It looks like the public is starting to notice the difference we are making in the lives of these children.  Just look at our test scores and you will see the difference we make.

 

Another goal is to expand on our communications arts program by continuing the relationship we have with our current occupational and speech therapists who work with the children who need special help with speech and their fine motor development. We have learned that many of our children's difficulty in learning is directly related to their speech and underdeveloped fine motor skills. The smile from these children when they master a certain task proves this program to be invaluable.  Our current therapists donate their time and we realize that we will eventually need grant money to help fund this program.

 

The other goal that we have for this year is to enhance our scholarship program so that any child in the greater Kansas City area, who could benefit from the services that our school has to offer, could attend Padre Pio Academy.  Any contribution you make will put us that much closer to realizing our school’s potential to inspire ever more children with morals, values, and academic skills that lead to true success in life.  If you choose to send a donation to one of our programs, 100% of that donation will go toward the program you specify.  Thank you in advance for your donation to our school.

Programs

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Program 1

Family Scholarship Program

Padre Pio Academy has enrolled 3 families in the school who are in great need of the services we offer. Many of these children tested out below grade level upon admission testing. We brought these children in at their grade level and the teacher has worked to catch them up academically. Two of the three families have not been able to pay because the Dads lost their jobs and have health issues preventing them from being employed at this time.  The debt they are incurring due to the loss of employment has made it impossible to pay their tuition. We are asking for donors to help fund these families for the remaining years they would be at the school. They are very involved with their children and volunteer at the school whenever possible. The amount requested would cover their four remaining years at the school. I truly believe that the education they are receiving from Padre Pio Academy will help them to be successful in high school and college.  These children have a love for learning and have made many friends at Padre Pio Academy.  Our community has been helping the family with food and gas until they can get these issues resolved.  Please consider helping the school fund the tuition for these families.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 2

Learning Therapy that Connects the Pathways to Success

In the past ten years of working with our children we have discovered that many of the children (sometimes 50%) are in need of speech and occupational therapy. Through our research and the help of a volunteer occupational & speech therapist, we have realized that many of these children cannot advance academically without these services. The speech and fine motor development impediment actually inhibits these children’s ability to learn! With the establishment of this program two years ago, we have learned that combining occupational therapy with the speech therapy has helped these children reach levels that they thought were impossible. Many of the children that were in the program two years ago have "graduated" out of the program and are doing well in the classroom.  Once these connections have been made, they flourish!  Without these connections being made, at an early age, they struggle through school their entire lives.  We have had kids that were not treated in the early years at the school.  There is truly a difference between the children that have had the speech and occupational therapy and those that don't.  This is a vital program for our school.  Our therapists volunteer their time or are paid a small wage to cover expenses.  They are a dedicated group and we are very thankful for their services.  The school realizes that we need some help funding this program to ensure its continued success.  Thank you for considering a donation to this program.

 

We do realize that many of the public schools offer these programs.  The problem for our school is that our children come from all over the area in both Kansas and Missouri.  They are required, by law, to return to their local districts for services.  The driving time it takes to transport these children back and forth disrupts the classroom.  The students are missing from the classroom for a half a day 2-3 times per week.  Then, the students get so far behind in their studies that they can't catch uthe child is only out of the classroom for 30 minutes at a time.  They can easily catch up on their work.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Integrated Visual Arts Program

The purpose of the grant is to provide our students with a strong foundation in the arts that allows them to give back to the community through art.  While our school focuses on academic success, we realize that the overall development of the child goes beyond the academics.  This program lets the creative nature of these children come out.  In the long term, it has helped their academic creativity to flourish.  We took the children to the Nelson Art Gallery this year.  The art education they received was very evident by the questions these children asked the docent.  This program has been vital in completing the classical education that we have been implementing in our school.  Any donation would be greatly appreciated and 100% of the donation would go to this program.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 4

Let's Get the Word Out

Our school is celebrating a milestone this year, its tenth year in operation. This past year, we developed a short 5 minute video that was placed on you-tube to market the school.  There is a link to this on our profile page.  Please watch the video and let us know if you any other questions.  We would be happy to show you around the school and let you see first hand the difference we are making.  Our major goal this year with this program is to update our brochure and information packet.  The brochure was produced the first year the school opened and we have grown a lot in the past ten years.  Many of the families have informed us of the need to update this information.  This is the first impression any potential family interested in the school receives.  We have put together a marketing committee consisting of professionals in the community.  One individual has his own PR firm, another has his own marketing firm, one is a local producer and another is a professional writer.  They are volunteering their time to design this for the school.  We just need the funds to print it.  

We would also like to advertise in local & regional papers targeting Wyandotte and Jackson County. Many of the children who would benefit from the services of our school live in these areas. We had a 40% increase in enrollment this year from the small amount of advertising we did.  Of that 40% enrollment, 20% were from Wyandotte County in Kansas.  They had never heard of Padre Pio Academy before our advertising campaign.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Single Parents

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Funding Needs

(1) Marketing supplies and materials (2) Communication Arts and Occupational Therapy Programs (3) Teacher training and in servicing (4) Education in the Arts Program (5) Scholarships for Low Income Families

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PADRE PIO ACADEMY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Padre Pio Academy

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Principal Officer

Mr. Kevin McNeill

BIO

B.A. in Liberal Arts. High School teacher at Padre Pio Academy for 2 years. Principal for Padre Pio Academy for 4 year.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As a small, private school, Padre Pio Academy is dedicated to meeting the needs of each and every student who becomes part of our family. With small class sizes, parents that care deeply about the education of their children, and a corp of dedicated teachers, we have been able to achieve this goal. We teach our students about the intrinsic value of hard work, the importance of demonstrating respect toward each and every person, especially those in authority, and an appreciation for the country in which they live. We consistently challenge our students on an intellectual level, in all grade levels, by means of our Classical curriculum. With such an educational experience, one that touches the heart, mind and soul of each child, a student of Padre Pio Academy is more than sufficiently prepared to enter a high school or college and thrive. Another unique aspect about the Academy, which even sets us apart from most of the local schools, is our use of a Classical curriculum. This curriculum is devised first and foremost to develop and strengthen the student’s ability to reason, to ask the important questions and find the right answers. With such an ability, a student is able to more easily tackle the many different subjects of math, history, literature, etc. Having honed this skill over the years, the student is excellently prepared to pursue any vocational path towards which he is inclined. We sincerely believe that with such an educational experience, our students are solidly prepared to become good future citizens who will create a positive impact on all their families, friends and the surrounding local community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Joanne C Hanson

Sandifer Properties

Term: Jan 2006 - Dec 2010

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