Educational Institutions

Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee Inc

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • http://www.beammilwaukee.org/

Mission Statement

Our Mission    BEAM - educating students to succeed and prosper as productive, accountable citizens   The mission of the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee is educating students to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve academically, as well as participate and succeed in a growing and changing economy by building their own human capital.     BEAM's Academics and Programs are centered around this Mission.     Our Vision   BEAM will become the leader for financial and economic education for families in our community.

Main Programs

  1. School Nurse Services
  2. The Reading Zone
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

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Alisha Birtha

Co Principal Officer

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Alisha Birtha

Keywords

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BEAM K-8 public tuition-free inner-city charter school

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Also Known As

BEAM

EIN

31-1713250

 Number

4184813975

Physical Address

3620 N. 18th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53206

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Things You Should Know About the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee, Inc. (BEAM)
 

1.BEAM has a lower student-teacher ratio at 22 to 1 than the average public school in the Milwaukee area.

 

2. BEAM's academic program includes 90 minutes of Reading and 60 minutes of Math within a seven hour school day. The Reading and Math are effective, proven programs based on reputable academic research .a. Success for All Reading Program developed by Johns Hopkins University in which students are grouped by ability to ensure maximum success.

b. Everyday Mathematics developed by the University of Chicago.

 

3. 8.1% one-year growth in math as measured by the WKCE assessment and met the state requirements for adequate yearly progress (AYP) in all subgroups.

 

4. 14.7% one-year growth in reading as measured by the WKCE assessment and met the state requirement for AYP in all subgroups except one.

 

5. 128% average student growth in reading and math from our K4 -151 graders as measured by the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing program with a 95% confidence interval.

 

6. 112% average student growth in reading and math from our 2nd-8th graders as measured by the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing program with a 95% confidence interval.

 

7. The top 30 percent of BEAM graduates are accepted into the top performing Milwaukee-area High Schools, such as Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School, Riverside High School, Messmer High School, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, and University School.

 

8. Recognized as a Wisconsin School of Character by the Wisconsin Charter Education Partnership for the Eight Core Values character education program. 

 

9. BEAM 7th graders won first place in the Finance & Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB), which showcases middle and high school students from all over Milwaukee.

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

School Nurse Services

The Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) serves 615 predominately minority students, with approximately 98 percent of the population being eligible for free or reduced lunch. 
 

 

According to Children’s Hospital and Health System (CHHS), there is a strong relationship between health status, school attendance, and academic achievement of children and youth.  As we examine the socioeconomic status of the student population at BEAM, healthcare is a critical issue.  Therefore, nursing services are imperative for the success of our students. 
 

 

In the last two school years, the school has had up to 33 students on the Life Threatening Alerts list compiled by school nurses from CHHS.  The students on past lists have had conditions such as food allergies that can result in anaphylactic shock and the need for the administration of an epinephrine pen, asthma that requires the use of inhalers and nebulizer machines, allergies to medicines, and students with polycystic kidney disease and/ or a missing kidney. BEAM has also previously served a type 1 diabetic student who needed to have insulin injections administered during the school day. 
 

 

 In addition to managing the health needs of these students, previous school nurses have provided 16 classes covering health, wellness, personal development, dental health and safety. These classes were made available to all classrooms, and were designed to be grade level appropriate. Past school nurses also provided much needed hearing and vision screenings to the BEAM student population, and have arranged dental clinics that provided school wide dental cleaning and sealant services. Their service also included identifying infestations on children, such as lice, and scabies, and identifying bed bug bites and MRSA Staph infections.   
 

 

Given the poverty levels experienced by a large population of BEAM students, many may not receive the health screenings, health and safety education, dental services, chronic disease management, or timely condition/illness identification they need and deserve, if BEAM is not able to provide them with school nursing services.   Considering that a number of students have life threatening conditions, it is imperative that a medical professional be on site in case of student medical emergencies.  BEAM instructional, administrative, and support staff are not equipped to address such emergencies. Being forced to wait for outside medical assistance could potentially result in avoidable damage or loss of one or more student lives.  Given the great need of a school nurse for the BEAM student population, BEAM is in need of an onsite nurse that can be present five days a week, for a minimum of four hours per day.
 

 

For 160 school days, school nursing services would cost $25,600, or $160 per day.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Blacks

Budget

$25,600.00

Program 2

The Reading Zone

There is a need in the state of Wisconsin and our direct community to rapidly close the achievement gap that exists between economically disadvantaged students and those that are not economically disadvantaged. A survey of BEAM's parents indicate that most families want to talk with, monitor, encourage, and guide their children as students, but many say they need more information about how to help their children at home.Studies show that certain parent involvement practices improve student achievement, attitudes, homework, report card grades, and aspirations. The Reading Zone will provide families with an opportunity for additional support in the area of literacy. The administrative staff will ensure a learning environment that fosters a strong sense of mission and professionalism directly linked to high standards of academic achievement and character development. To increase student participation, parents will be informed of the benefits that literacy games have on students' academic achievement. This communication will include results from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in Reading from Winter 2013, as compared to Spring 2013: data showing the percentage of students whose test scores increased after participating in the literacy activity games.

The program needs funds to purchase games appropriate to different grade levels that faciliate student and parent participation in learning to read.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$11,600.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Funding Needs

We have a need for Teacher Assistants to improve the instructional outcomes in our classes. Teacher Assistances provide behavioral and instructional support in class allowing the teacher and students to have more spent on task in class devoted to learning. We have seen measurably better results in classes where a Teacher Assistant assists the full-time instructor in conducting the class. A Teacher Assistant is a part time job, where the TA only needs to be present during the instructional day.  The cost for hiring a Teacher Assistant is $17,000.  We currently need 11 more TAs, meaning we need an additional $187,000 in revenue from a funding source. This is a continuous operational funding needs that is not covered by our current revenue stream.

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Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee Inc

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Principal Officer

Alisha Birtha

Co Principal Officer

Alisha Birtha

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Linda Robinson-Prodoehl

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Term: June 2012 - June 2013

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