Educational Institutions

Esperanza Academy Inc.

  • Lawrence, MA
  • www.esperanzaacademy.org

Mission Statement

Esperanza Academy is a tuition-free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, race, and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school inspires students to become active learners and responsible global citizens. We empower and prepare our girls to meet challenges with courage, integrity, and respect.

Main Programs

  1. Extended Day Program
  2. Graduate Support Program
  3. Summer STEAM Program
  4. Wellness Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

All students must reside in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Mrs. Lynne Myavec

Keywords

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Esperanza, Lawrence, middle school, girls, tuition free

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EIN

73-1722348

 Number

4803802513

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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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Esperanza makes a 12-year commitment to our girls; educating them in grades 5-8 and continuing to work with them in high school and college through our Graduate Support Program. Esperanza has been extremely successful in its efforts to prepare our students to thrive after graduation: 100% of graduates have completed high school and 100% of alumnae in high school are on track to graduate on time. 80% of high school graduates are enrolled in college and on track to graduate.Esperanza's alumnae are awarded over one million dollars per year in scholarship money to attend some of the region's most prestigious independent high schools, including Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, Brooks School, Groton School, Kimball Union Academy, and Pingree School, among others.In 2016, Esperanza launched a highly successful summer STEAM program, where students participated in an intensive summer program including one week at a camp in New Hampshire, and four weeks on campus engaged in humanities and hands-on STEAM projects.Looking to the future, we will continue to serve our girls with our excellent holistic programming, 9.5 hours a day, 11 months a year. We acknowledge the abundance of challenges that our girls face, and are committed to providing a transformative education at a pivotal point in their lives, since middle school is often recognized as the "last best chance" to put students on a path to achieving their full potential.

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

Extended Day Program

Students are in school for 9.5 hours per day, 11 months per year. Our rigorous academic program includes the core subjects of math, history, science, language arts, and reading. Students also take Spanish language and literature, and world religion classes. Our 8:1 student-teacher ratio ensures that each student receives significant individualized attention. All classes are team-taught by an experienced teacher and an AmeriCorps teaching fellow. Additionally, we have a committed group of volunteer tutors who provide extra help to students who need it. The extended day also includes supervised study hall, athletics, and extracurricular clubs.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$145,000.00

Program 2

Graduate Support Program

Through our Graduate Support Program, Esperanza makes a twelve-year commitment to students, educating them in grades five through eight and supporting them through high school and college. Our graduate support program starts working with girls early in their Esperanza career, and creates a college-bound culture that permeates all aspects. Through our Graduate Support Program, Esperanza works with our students to research high schools, apply for financial aid, practice for entrance exams, and practice mock admissions interviews. Once students are in high school, we stay in close contact to monitor performance, and help the students and their families navigate the college application process.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

College Aged (18-26 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 3

Summer STEAM Program

In 2016, Esperanza launched an innovative, project-based, hands-on STEAM program. The summer program is broken into two parts: a week at an all-girls overnight camp in New Hampshire and four weeks on campus at Esperanza in Lawrence. The week at camp is spent on leadership development and team building, outdoor education, and traditional camp activities. On campus, students focus on humanities in the morning and work on their STEAM projects in the afternoon. Projects include computer science, engineering, ecology, and jewelry-making with recycled materials. Each grade works on a different project in a different STEAM subject and at the end of the program, Esperanza hosts a showcase in which the students present their findings and finished products.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Hispanics

Budget

$160,000.00

Program 4

Wellness Program

Esperanza's Wellness Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to incorporating physical fitness and health education into each school day, and includes a mandatory athletics program, healthy and nutritious school meals and snacks, cooking workshops for families, and a daily advisory period where students can discuss in- and out-of-school issues in a safe space. This program helps students understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle in achieving success both in and out of the classroom. Esperanza empowers students to both make healthy choices and to understand why these choices are important, which will serve them in their experiences during and after Esperanza.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

All students must reside in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Funding Needs

Esperanza Academy is 100% privately funded and relies on the generosity of its donors to be able to provide our girls with our exceptional, holistic programming. All our students are residents of Lawrence, MA and live at or under 185% of the federal poverty line, which means they qualify for free or reduced price lunch under the National School Lunch Program. 90% speak a language other than English at home and 70% live with a single parent or guardian. Our student population is largely comprised of first and second-generation immigrants from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Almost all students will be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, and some are even the first to attend or graduate from high school.

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Independent Schools of New England

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Financials

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ESPERANZA ACADEMY INC
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.

Esperanza Academy Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Lynne Myavec

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Marty Doggett

The Governor's Academy

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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