Educational Institutions

PM FOUNDATION INC dba Urban Community School

  • Cleveland, OH
  • www.urbancommunityschool.org

Mission Statement

Urban Community School's mission is to provide primarily low-income children from Cleveland's Near West Side with an individualized, innovative, and challenging education.

The philosophy of Urban Community School is that every child has the capacity to learn when provided with a quality individualized education. When Urban Community School was first established it offered a new concept in education. The faculty created a curriculum and utilized a revolutionary way of teaching called "differentiated learning," where students are met at their respective skill levels in each subject area, and guided to reach their potential through a rigorous academic environment infused with music, arts, and technology. A key component of education in the middle school is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Main Programs

  1. Healthy Lifestyles
  2. After School
  3. Summer Programs
  4. Sports Program
  5. Extracurricular Opportunities
  6. Wraparound services access through community partnerships
  7. Field Trips
  8. Learning Garden
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

UCS' regional focus is the area extending south from Lake Erie to Clark Avenue and from the Cuyahoga River to West Boulevard.

ruling year

1968

Director

Self-reported

Sister Maureen, OSU Doyle

Associate Director

Self-reported

Mr. Tom Gill

Keywords

Self-reported

Quality education in Cleveland

Notes from the Nonprofit

The quality of education offered at Urban Community School has earned it many honors:

1987, UCS was the first school within the city of Cleveland to be granted the Excellence in Education Award from the U.S. Department of Education, now known as the Blue Ribbon award.

2008, UCS was selected by The Cleveland Foundation and The George Gund Foundation as a School of Excellence in Cleveland.

2009, UCS was accepted into Schools That Can, a national nonprofit network of stand-alone, high-performing independent and charter schools operating in under-served communities.

2014, UCS was chosen to participate in ASCD's (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Whole Child Network.

2015, UCS educators were selected to participated in Alice Waters' prestigious Edible Schoolyard Project which provided lessons and resources for UCS' Learning Garden.

2016, UCS was given a 5 Star rating from the State of Ohio's Step Up To Quality ranking system for early childhood programs.

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Also Known As

Urban Community School

EIN

34-6608706

 Number

1484365633

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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

Self-reported by organization

Data-driven results show that UCS' kids are growing academically each year and 90% graduate from high school within four years, demonstrating that they are being prepared for the challenges ahead.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Healthy Lifestyles

provides in class and whole family activities that promote nutrition, physical education and wellbeing. These opportunities are made possible by partnerships with Refugee Response

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 2

After School

provides structured time for homework tutoring, snack break, physical education, and special activities at the end of each school day from 3:00-6:00pm. UCS also welcomes community and parent volunteers to offer their services by sharing a special talent or hobby such as aerobics, dance, gardening, cooking and drama

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 3

Summer Programs

The children of UCS come from primarily low-income and diverse backgrounds, and face a greater array of challenges than their suburban counterparts. Most students experience a decline in academic development relative to the school year, commonly referred to as the “summer learning loss”. For our students already struggling with multiple barriers in order to succeed, the impact of the summer learning loss is especially detrimental. To overcome this learning loss UCS offers camps that provide: academic activities, social engagement, safe and structured places to play with caring guidance (when children are at their most vulnerable while parents are working), nutritious meals (during a time when many families struggle to feed their children without the support of federal school programs), and continuous access to UCS' partners that provide "whole child" resources. UCS' Summer programs include the UCS Summer Academy, the Effective Leadership Academy (ELA) and i2STEM camp. Options are being explored for adding a summer math camp.

UCS' Summer Academy provides hands-on academic, social, and physical skill building through field trips, classroom lessons, and play. The Summer Academy is a day camp run at UCS by UCS educators for children entering kindergarten through third level in the fall. The academy is run by eight highly qualified educators who guide 100 children through 20 days of constructive activities. These activities are designed to encourage healthy social interaction and teamwork, develop muscle, and improve coordination. Students participate in over 20 social and physical activities that include swimming, roller-skating, and biking. To keep their minds active and learning students engage in over 40 hands-on academic projects in language, mathematics, art, and science. Unique projects and guest speakers further widen the topics and activities. Running simultaneously is the Arrupe Camp for children entering fourth through eighth level at UCS by St. Ignatius.

The Effective Leadership Academy is a day camp held for two weeks in the summer for peer-selected students who are entering eighth level in the fall. ELA guides students through activities that imparts skills such as time management, goal-setting, and outside-the-box thinking that lay the groundwork for resilience, future employment, productivity and achievement.

i2STEM Camp is a two week day camp opportunity for UCS and area middle school children to participate in project-based assignments that attempt to solve real world science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) problems. Participating students are entering fifth through eighth grade in the fall and attended either Urban Community School or the Cleveland Municipal School District during the school year. This camp provides interactive lessons focusing on creative solutions for real-world problems. Students work in teams that help build not only STEM skills but also social skills, teamwork, and emphasize peer learning.

During the Summer Academy each day a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack is provided for every child. These meals are invaluable as 75% of all UCS students come from families living in poverty who qualify for the Federal Food Assistance Program. Of that group, 89% qualify for free lunches through this federal program. During the summer months without free and reduced school day food options many families struggle to secure adequate food for their children.

UCS’ Learning Garden and Production is open to students during the summer. UCS’ Garden and Healthy. A garden lends itself to numerous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lessons while providing a colorful backdrop for many others.

Student’s participating in UCS' Summer Academy travel throughout the greater Cleveland area on field trips that connect them to the region’s impressive academic, natural, athletic, and cultural sites. These field trips provide our children with a sense of participation in and awareness of students’ broader environment and community. This awareness and connection is valuable for our many children growing up with limited transportation and options for engagement.

Our caring educators build strong trusting relationships with students throughout the school year by getting to know the students’ academic, social, and emotional needs as well as getting to know their families. The continuation of these established relationships provide academic and emotional continuity for our children. This "whole child" perspective is also the basis for UCS’ individualized approach. When a teacher gets to know a child they provide specialized academic lessons and direction to wraparound services needed by the child. When children have access to UCS during the summer these important services continue to be available and these relationships continue to grow.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 4

Sports Program

provides students the opportunity to join sports teams through the CYO sports league promoting physical education, teamwork, and persistence

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 5

Extracurricular Opportunities

Extracurricular Opportunities connect UCS staff members and volunteers to students, providing a variety of enriching experiences through clubs and competitions such as: Science Olympiad; Latin Club; Honors Art Club; vocal, chime, and ukulele performing groups; student volunteer work with the Visiting Nurses Association and other organizations; Garden Club; and Power of the Pen competition

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 6

Wraparound services access through community partnerships

UCS is more than a traditional school. We stress excellence in academics, but we reach far beyond this core. UCS acts as an extended family, stepping in to support some of the greatest needs families have as they struggle with the effects of poverty. UCS strives to provide our children with access to: community partners who offer wrap around services that support critical health and safety needs, enriching cultural experiences, emotional support including mentorship with qualified caring adults, a safe and constructive space outside of school hours when children are at their most vulnerable, and the development of athletic and team building skills. Unlike their suburban counterparts, if the children of UCS did not connect to these programs through us many of them would not access to such opportunities.
These “whole child” supports are necessary for the development of a well-rounded adult, and their absence holds our children back. A child who is hungry or sick cannot learn effectively. Through partnerships UCS provides for food, healthcare, and safety needs that impede a child’s ability to develop in the classroom. These partnerships include: The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, The Cleveland Sight Center, Mobile Dentists, Neighborhood Family Practice, Cleveland State University Department of Psychology, and Cleveland Clinic.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 7

Field Trips

UCS believes that a well-rounded education extends beyond the traditional classroom setting, and as such provides all students with community-wide academic, civic, and cultural opportunities off site. From touring City Hall to attending performances at PlayhouseSquare the aim of these off site activities is to impart a sense of participation in and awareness of the broader community—an important factor for many children growing up with limited transportation and options for engagement.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 8

Learning Garden

Urban Community School works with The Refugee Response to run a farm and learning garden adjacent to UCS, on school property, which serves as an integral part of the school curriculum. The Refugee Response employs refugee workers who care for the farm year-round.

Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard Project provided professional development to UCS faculty ensuring the garden became an integral part of every child's development.

The garden is the most tangible commitment to UCS’ Healthy Lifestyles Program which provides students and families access to information and opportunities related to nutrition, physical education, and wellness.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    In 1968 the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, concerned teachers, community leaders and representatives of the St. Malachi and St. Patrick parishes came together with an ambitious goal. In a neighborhood marred by instability and violence they sought to create a safe place where children could thrive. For over four decades, the leadership at Urban Community School has inspired passionate teachers, visionary leaders, and generous donors from across Cleveland to join in building a school children deserve. UCS offers an education that does not simply “meet standards" but provides the kind of profound experience that shapes character and launches lives of purpose.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Today, UCS is a national model for urban education serving 550 children at the crucial ages of pre-school through eighth level, when education has the greatest lifelong impact. We have plans for sustainable growth to serve 600 children in the next several years. There are still many more children in need of the well-rounded education that Urban Community School has to offer, as illustrated by a growing admissions waitlist. In order to meet the community's needs now and into the future UCS must continue to expand and improve.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    One component to Urban Community School's success is the committed and knowledgeable leadership, staff and state certified faculty who bring their passion and talent to the service of UCS' mission. UCS strives to operate without borders, understanding that collaboration and diversity cultivate innovation and success. UCS Director Sister Maureen Doyle, OSU (M. Ed: Education Management, Boston College) works with board members, community stakeholders, faculty, and staff to oversee the critical operations of the school, advance the mission of UCS, and promote community support for its critical work. Sister Maureen has over 30 years of educational and administrative experience in this position.

    Sister Maureen is directly supported by the Chief Operating and Development Officer Tom Gill (MPP, Harvard Kennedy School) who also works closely with the treasurer of UCS' Board of Directors, Mr. Richard H. Zucca (Ernst & Young; Partner, retired) and Board President Joseph K. Juster (Calfee, Halter & Griswold; Partner), committed advocates for UCS who work to ensure the financial health and administrative effectiveness of the school.

    Annual Fund Director John Hagerty (MA: Nonprofit Administration, John Carroll University) works with Tom Gill and Sister Maureen on fundraising, marketing and serving the expanding administrative needs and priorities of the school. This integration of fundraising, accounting and administration ensures the fiscal responsibility of the school and proper implementation of every dollar.

    Leading the academic operations is UCS Principal, Lisa DeCore, an effective and engaging leader in the education world. Ms. DeCore leads the incredible faculty and manages the UCS portfolio of academic programs as well as the individualized curriculum.

    UCS relies on quality educators to teach its students. Urban Community School employs 67 full-time and 29 part-time highly qualified staff members and all are certified and regularly evaluated to ensure the success of their students. UCS teachers are not only dedicated to the academic mission of the school they also become familiar with the lives of the children and their families. This perspective is the basis for UCS' individualized approach. When a teacher gets to know a child they provide specialized academic lessons, direction to the wraparound services needed most by the child, and a daily safe and stable relationship in which the child may grow.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    UCS continuously seeks to improve the quality of education for its students by increasing the capacity of its educators, utilizing emerging technology and methodology, as well as frequently measuring student performance. Recognizing the value of meaningful data to inform decision making UCS seeks to make improvements in response to this data. The following evaluation methods are used regularly:
    • American Institutes for Research (AIR) testing and Common Core Assessments are methods used to measure student progress.
    • Communication: Effective communication with parents/guardians through parent-teacher conferences and personal correspondence also serve as a strong indication of the strides made by the student and are venues in which to convey UCS' high expectations for all students.
    • Teacher Evaluation: Professional evaluations include classroom observations, individual conferences, classroom walk-throughs, and reviews of teacher lesson plans and student work.
    • Accreditation: UCS is fully accredited by the Ohio Catholic School Accreditation Association (OCSAA). UCS participates in a rigorous continuous improvement and monitoring cycle established by OCSAA.
    • Regular report of academic improvement: UCS recognizes that measurement drives daily prioritizing and eventual outcomes, and therefore measures and reports its academic improvement each trimester, in addition to conducting annual external evaluations.
    • High School Graduation rates: graduation rates monitor the success of students in their future endeavors.
    • Future Metrics: Alumni Tracking: UCS is working to implement a database that will expand the capacity to track students through high school, college and beyond. UCS is also developing and evaluating methods for collecting information to track students after they graduate. In particular UCS is looking for ways to successfully track transient students—those alumni whose records and future enrollments may be difficult to obtain as they frequently change their place of residence over their academic career.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Data-driven results show that UCS' kids are growing academically each year and 90% graduate from high school within four years, demonstrating that they are being prepared for the challenges ahead.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

UCS' regional focus is the area extending south from Lake Erie to Clark Avenue and from the Cuyahoga River to West Boulevard.

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Funding Needs

To make a quality education affordable for all families, UCS works with each family and distributes financial aid according to annual household income. The majority of children that UCS serves are living in poverty as demonstrated by the fact that 75% qualify for the Federal Food Assistance Program. Of that group, 89% qualify for free lunches through this federal program. Tuition paid by our families covers less than 2% of the $4.9 million dollars in annual operating expenses. A combination of annual fundraising, vouchers, and the endowment must cover the remaining costs.

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

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

PM FOUNDATION INC dba Urban Community School

Leadership

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Director

Sister Maureen, OSU Doyle

Associate Director

Mr. Tom Gill

BIO

Sister Maureen Doyle, an Ursuline Sister of Cleveland, is currently serving in her 30th year as Director of Urban Community School (UCS), which provides individualized, faith-based education to the children of Cleveland's Near West Side. She earned her BS in elementary education from St. John College of Cleveland and received her MED in administration and supervision from Boston College. She has served as an educator and administrator since 1973 sharing her talents with St. Charles School, St. Ann School, and UCS.      

In her first year as UCS Director, the school received the distinction of being the first school in the city of Cleveland to be awarded the Excellence in Education Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Her service and dedication have led to many honors including the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic School Excellence Award, the YWCA Greater Cleveland Women of Achievement Award, an Honorary Degree from John Carroll University and the Irish Good Fellowship Award.  

Under her leadership, Urban Community School initiated the first capital campaign in its history to construct a new, centrally located school facility including the addition of an art program and art room, a full-time counseling program and a science lab. The new UCS campus opened in September 2005 under her care. UCS proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary during the 2008-2009 school year.  

Active in the community, she has served as trustee for the Boys & Girls Club, City Club of Cleveland, Laurel School and she is currently a member of the Education Committee for the Cleveland Museum of Art and an Advisory Committee Member for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Born and raised in the Cleveland area, Sister Maureen currently resides in Rocky River.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"Urban Community School provides primarily low-income children from Cleveland's Near West Side with an individualized, innovative, and challenging education. The philosophy of Urban Community School is that every child has the capacity to learn when provided with a quality individualized education."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joseph Juster

Calfee Halter & Griswold, LLP

Term: Sept 2011 - Sept 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?