Educational Institutions

Beacon Academy Inc

  • Boston, MA
  • www.beaconacademy.org

Mission Statement

Beacon Academy provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, motivated and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding urban areas. Inspired by a challenging curriculum and stimulating co-curricular experiences, students learn vital academic skills and develop habits of mind that empower them to change the trajectory of their lives. They emerge as active learners with increased confidence, critical thinking skills, and broader vision, prepared to thrive at competitive independent high schools that share our commitment to their success. Beacon Academy supports its alumni as they continue their journeys. The school welcomes opportunities to work in partnership with teachers and schools to help create and maintain inclusive communities for all.

Main Programs

  1. Empowering Year between 8th and 9th Grade
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Students are responsible for commuting to Beacon, located at Temple Israel in Boston, from their respective neighborhoods which include, but are not limited to, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston, Taunton, Roxbury, Chelsea, and Cambridge.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Ms. Cindy Laba

Co Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Ms. Marsha Feinberg

Keywords

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education, Boston, urban, school, socio-economic status, children, youth, racism, high school

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EIN

73-1710051

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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 opening its doors in July 2005, Beacon Academy has graduated 204 students. Collectively, our graduates have earned over $45 million in scholarship funding for high school and college. We have a 100% high school graduation rate, and, of our high school graduates, approximately 92% are enrolled in or have graduated from college. Organizational Goals and Objectives 1) 100% of our alumni will graduate from independent high schools supported by adequate financial aid. 2) 100% of our graduates will attend schools in which they will perform to their academic, social and leadership potential. 3) 100% of our alumni will graduate from four year colleges.4) Beacon alumni, volunteers, and staff will partner with independent schools to improve the overall experience for low-income students of color and their families.

Programs

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Program 1

Empowering Year between 8th and 9th Grade

Beacon Academy is a one of a kind transformative experience offered to a select group of urban students who devote a year between 8th and 9th grades preparing for entrance to competitive independent and public exam high schools. Through rigorous academics and empowering experiences, Beacon Academy aims to change the trajectory of students' lives. The fourteen month school year begins with an enriching summer program which includes core academic skills building and a co-curricular program (social and cultural). It continues in September with six-day school weeks of challenging academic work focused on honing expository writing skills, reading comprehension, and quantitative analysis. The experience culminates in a second summer of individually designed study and leadership development. The Beacon Academy curriculum strengthens core competencies and develops necessary new skills preparing our students for success in secondary school and beyond. Beacon Academy continues to be a source of encouragement and support to its alumni, too.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Named Groups

Budget

tbd

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Students are responsible for commuting to Beacon, located at Temple Israel in Boston, from their respective neighborhoods which include, but are not limited to, Dorchester, Mattapan, East Boston, Taunton, Roxbury, Chelsea, and Cambridge.

Funding Needs

Beacon Academy has two primary needs: tuition support for our students and general operating funds for the Alumni Program. Tuition SupportA 14-month Beacon Academy education costs $30,000. Our families are able to contribute less than 1% of the cost of tuition. Beacon Academy raises private funds for the remainder. Alumni Program We stay connected to our alumni through high school, college, and into their time as professionals in the work force. Navigating and excelling in the elite worlds of independent schools and competitive colleges is a challenging and sometimes overwhelming task for our graduates. We are able to provide some financial support, as well as continued engagement through our five annual alumni events, personal visits from Beacon teachers at new schools, care packages, and comprehensive college advising including essay writing boot camps, and SAT and ACT preparation, evaluation of financial aid packages, assistance with securing gap funding and guidance during college year to ensure graduation.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Independent Schools of New England

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BEACON ACADEMY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Beacon Academy Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Cindy Laba

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Marsha Feinberg

BIO

For the past 25 years, Cindy Laba has devoted her professional life to the education and development of young people. She started by doing prevention work with middle and high school age students from the D Street Public Housing Development and the Boys & Girls Club in South Boston. Upon completing a Master's Degree in Social Work, she worked with emotionally disturbed adolescents who lived at Harbor Schools in Newburyport. Cindy spent most of her career at City Year, one of America's leading national service programs, where she developed and implemented enterprise-wide recruitment, fundraising, and intranet systems. When she was named a Vice President, she turned her focus to development and producing major national events both in the US and South Africa. In 2004-2005 she served as Vice President of City on a Hill Charter School in Boston and is now Founder and General Manager of Beacon Academy, after ten years as its first Head of School.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Pam Dickinson

Persephone Venture Partners

Term: July 2014 - June 2017

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