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Codman Academy Foundation

 637 Washington Street
 Dorchester, MA 02124
[P] (617) 287-0700 x 152
[F] (617) 287-9064
Rachel Langer
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EIN 04-3559945

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Mission: Our mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education and beyond.

Vision: We educate the whole student: mind, body, and character. With the city and world as our classroom, we build a school community rich in rigorous academics and daily experiences of discovery. We continue to support our alumni in realizing their potential after graduation.

Mission Statement

Mission: Our mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education and beyond.

Vision: We educate the whole student: mind, body, and character. With the city and world as our classroom, we build a school community rich in rigorous academics and daily experiences of discovery. We continue to support our alumni in realizing their potential after graduation.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $6,361,203.00
Projected Expense $6,353,566.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Codman's Campus
  • College Preparation/Enrichment/Alumni Support
  • Theatre Program
  • Wellness/Nutrition Program

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Mission Statement

Mission: Our mission is to provide an outstanding, transformative education to prepare students for success in college, further education and beyond.

Vision: We educate the whole student: mind, body, and character. With the city and world as our classroom, we build a school community rich in rigorous academics and daily experiences of discovery. We continue to support our alumni in realizing their potential after graduation.

Background Statement

Founded in September 2001 by Meg Campbell, Bill Walczak (founder of the Codman Square Health Center), and George Brackett (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Codman Academy Charter Public School was created to offer students in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury a comprehensive college-preparatory education that was previously unavailable to them. At the time of its founding, Dorchester was home to the Boston high schools with the highest dropout rates. As a result of her years serving as a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and as founding executive director of Expeditionary Learning--an educational program based upon Outward Bound principles--Meg had become convinced that contrary to the conventional wisdom, it wasn’t too late in high school to redress a student’s academic deficits.

Codman served students in grades 9-12 for over a decade until receiving permission to add grades K1-8 starting in 2013. We enrolled 42 K1 and K2 students during the 2013-2014 school year (the first phase of our expansion project), 80 students in grades 1, 2, 5, and 6 for the 2014-2015 school year, 40 students in grades 3 and 7 for the 2015-2016 school year, and reached our 345-student capacity for the 2016-2017 year. Codman offers students in grades 9-12 a six-day a week, extended school day program, from 9:00am to 5:00pm (with Wellness classes, athletics, and clubs held before or after the school day).  Saturday classes are mandatory. On Saturdays 10th graders participate in Codman’s Saturday Tutorial program and MCAS preparation while 9th, 11th and 12th graders participate in non-traditional courses, such as robotics, monologues, computer engineering, philosophy, sound engineering, and studio art as part of Codman's Saturday Enrichment Program.

Impact Statement


1.   Academic Achievement/College Preparation: 100% of our graduates have been accepted to college every year since our founding. 89% of our recent alumni are enrolled in or have graduated from college, and a number of alumni return to Codman to work or teach.

2.     High-Quality Faculty and Community Partners: Codman has built extensive relationships within the Boston community in order to offer our students a wide range of opportunities. Codman was awarded the Massachusetts Gold-Level School Wellness Award for our partnership with the Codman Square Health Center. In 2009, Codman received the Commonwealth Award for our partnership with The Huntington Theatre Company. Additionally, Codman is an EL Education Mentor School and an EL Credentialed School.

3.    Student Support services around mental health issues: Our innovative Student Support Services program takes a multi-tiered approach to address this challenge, including individual counseling, crisis intervention, parent outreach and support, group counseling, a social skills group, new student intake, conflict mediation, and weekly Student Support Team meetings. Our full-time, on-site social worker is accessible to students of all ages, as well as as their families as needed.


1.     Continuing to find innovative fundraising strategies to cover costs of new buildings: In September of 2012, we moved into our new William J. Walczak Health and Education Center. In 2013 we purchased the historic Lithgow building to house our new lower school classes. We reached capacity with 345 students in grades K1-12 for the 2016-2017 school year.

2.     Keep raising the bar academically: We hope to increase the number of our alumni who enroll and graduate from college, a substantial feat in the current economy. To do this, we are working to increase our Alumni Support program by employing two Deans of Alumni and maintaining close relationships with alumni as they move through college and out into the workforce.

Expansion: In February 2013, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved our expansion to a K1-12 school by 2017. We added K1 and K2 during the 2013-2014, grades 1, 2, 5, and 5 during the 2014-2015 school year, and grades 3 and 7 during the 2015-2016 school year

Needs Statement

Codman serves a population of students with significant economic, social, emotional, health, and academic needs. 99% of our students are of color, 75% qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 29% identify as special needs. The average 9th grader enters Codman at or below a 7th grade reading level, and many lack rudimentary mathematical skills. Furthermore, our student body is disproportionately affected by childhood obesity; 42% of our students have been identified as overweight or obese.  This is an issue of highest importance to our school and we educate students on nutrition while also providing a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack, equipping our students to put their nutritional knowledge into practice.

External factors also play into our students' lives; the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester is one of Boston’s most economically challenged. Violence is a frequent occurrence in our community, and our students feel the effects through their families, friends, and neighbors. Based on the geographic location of our school, the age of our student body, and the economic status of our students’ families, we would classify 100% of our students as at-risk. The vulnerability of our students necessitates that we support their academic, emotional, and healthy physical development.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- West Roxbury
Codman Academy Charter Public School is located in the Codman Square neighborhood in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  Most of our students live in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury.  

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
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Codman's Campus

Codman Academy was founded in 2001 within the walls of the Codman Square Health Center. Our unique location has allowed us to provide our students with critical mental and physical health services and experiential learning opportunities in the healthcare industry. As Codman welcomed more students, we realized that we would need more space. Working with the health center, we completed a major renovation of the Codman Square Health Center, and we moved into the new building at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. In February 2013, we received approval from the state to add an additional 200 students in grades K1-8. To house our new grades, we purchased and renovated the historic Lithgow building - located directly across the street from the Codman Square Health Center. The Lithgow building opened to students in the fall of 2015.

Budget  $12,000,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

Program Long-Term Success 

Program Success Monitored By 

Examples of Program Success  After a successful quiet phase of the "Campaign for Codman's Future," which will raise funds for the Lithgow building and K1-8 expansion, the campaign was made public in 2015. To day, we have raised more than half of our $15,000,000 goal.

College Preparation/Enrichment/Alumni Support

Codman Academy strives to enable every student to succeed in high school, apply and be accepted to college, and be successful in college. Our college prep begins in 9th grade, when students visit colleges, learn about financial aid options, and start considering public/private and liberal arts/university choices. 11th and 12th graders focus intensely on the application process through SAT prep courses, interview workshops, and a college preparation class taught by the Dean of College and Career. 11th graders participate in a college fair that is attended by representatives from over 100 colleges in the fall, and in the spring, they participate in a unique on-campus ‘college speed dating’ event. To gain professional experience, all students are required to earn two summer credits by participating in enrichment opportunities, such as internships or academic programs. Even after graduation, alumni are continually mentored and supported by Codman staff.

Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

Approximately 71% of our alumni are currently enrolled in or have graduated from college. Codman has graduated three Posse Scholars, the most recent of whom is attending Bryn Mawr College. One of the members of our Class of 2010 attended the University of Virginia, courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship program. She was one of 1,000 recipients chosen from a pool of over 25,000 nominees to receive a full four-year scholarship as financial support towards her graduate degree.

Program Long-Term Success 

Every year since its inception, 100% of Codman Academy’s graduating seniors have been accepted to college. At Codman, we have a saying that no student ever truly leaves Codman, and we make it a priority to support our alumni after graduation. Our alumni support program includes an emergency fund, college mentoring, and career advice. We track all of our students’ progress after graduation.

Program Success Monitored By 

For current students, all applications and acceptances are tracked. For alumni, the Dean of College and Alumni advising tracks their progress in college and/or their careers.  

Examples of Program Success 

  • College acceptance rate: 100%
  • Success in college: 71% of Codman alumni are currently enrolled in or have graduated from college
  • Many college graduates are returning to Codman to teach, intern, mentor, or serve on the board.


Theatre Program

Codman’s Humanities program connects students to the communities around them, combining learning about historical and current social justice issues with intensive theatre/public speaking training. Students hone their presentation skills as they enact the works of playwrights such as William Shakespeare, Lorraine Hansberry, and August Wilson and write and present their own Senior Talks. Every other Friday at Codman is designated as a “Huntington Day” for 9th and 10th graders.

The capstone of a Codman students' theatre career is their Senior Talk, which is a defense of their lives modeled after Socrates' "Apology." Each student works through multiple drafts and hones their public speaking skills to present their work in front of the entire school community. These talks are extremely meaningful and emotional for students, and many cite it as a pivotal moment in their academic and social development at Codman.
Budget  $56,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Our partnership has been nationally recognized as an innovator in arts education. In 2009, the school received the Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its partnership with the Huntington Theatre Company. This is the state’s highest award in arts and culture and Codman Academy is the first public school to receive this award. Graduation each year is held on one of the theatre's main stages. In 2012, a 10th grade student won the Massachusetts state August Wilson monologue competition and competed in the national final at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre. This is the first time that a Codman student has performed on Broadway, but we expect it won’t be the last.

Program Long-Term Success 

Ultimately, our theatre program with the Huntington Theatre Company will continue to play an important role in college, career, and life preparation for our students. Because of this program, many of our students develop a genuine appreciation of playwrights and interest in theatre that they pursue during their summer vacations and after graduation. Our students will cultivate skills in the arts of public speaking and performance that they will carry with them beyond Codman.  

Program Success Monitored By 

To ensure the success of our theatre program, Codman Academy staff work closely with Huntington Theatre Company members. Student trips to the Huntington Theatre and the Calderwood are also attended by our 9th and 10th grade English teachers. We use the 9th grade Poetry Out Loud competition and the 10th grade August Wilson monologue competition to monitor student growth, both of individuals and of the class as a whole. These competitions also allow for students to showcase their talents to parents, friends of the school, and other teachers and staff members.

Examples of Program Success 

  • 2009 Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Student participation in state and national monologue competitions
  • Codman’s theatre program was featured in Boston Globe



Wellness/Nutrition Program

Wellness plays an important role in day-to-day life at Codman, from our “junk-food-free” policy to our partnership with the Dorchester YMCA. All students take Wellness classes three times a week and, all 9th grade students participate in a nutrition and wellness course designed by Harvard School of Public Health faculty, and must pass a Nutrition exam to graduate. Codman also takes emotional and social wellbeing very seriously. To foster a safe and supportive school environment, all Codman students receive mental health counseling from our licensed social worker. When the social worker identifies serious mental health issues, students are referred to the health center for further treatment.

Our Wellness initiatives have been recognized by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which awarded Codman the Massachusetts Gold-Level School Wellness Award in 2010.
Budget  $135,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Over the past three years, we have taken a much more proactive approach to our students’ health and wellness. In addition to the physical education component of our Wellness program, all 9th grade students participate in a nutrition and wellness course, designed by Harvard School of Public Health faculty, to address drug addiction, chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, community and domestic violence, and depression. We have formed the student-run Nutrition Action Club, which focuses on promoting nutrition throughout the school through student-led initiatives. This year, we will be a Junk Food Free school for the entire school year (after the successful implementation of this initiative in the 2011-2012 school year).  In 2011-2012, we developed a “Save Your Life” nutrition competency exam, which all students are required to pass in order to graduate. The idea behind the requirement is that it is equally important for students to understand how to read a food label and manage their health as it is to write a thesis statement, multiply fractions, or read the Periodic Table of Elements. 

Codman Academy has also worked to build a strong base of family involvement and support, and our aim is for students to bring home the lessons they learn in nutrition class.

Program Long-Term Success 

The objectives of our Wellness program are as follows:

1)     To establish Codman’s campus as a healthy junk food free environment

2)     To model positive choices about nutrition and wellness in school

3)     To equip Codman students with the tools needed to make healthy choices and inspire their families to make healthy choices

Program Success Monitored By 

Our modes of evaluation include: student attendance records, standardized testing, college acceptance and retention rate, and feedback from students and parents. For our nutrition and wellness program, we further examine: BMI measurements, amount of junk food confiscated (informal), and test results from our nutrition course. In the 2011-2012 school year, we implemented a nutrition competency exam, which students have since been required to pass to graduate.

Examples of Program Success 

  • Massachusetts Gold-Level School Wellness Award from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Mbakwe Okafor, who pioneered Codman's Wellness and nutrition program, was named as one of Boston Globe's: "Globe 100: Most Innovative People in Massachusetts 2012."
  • Creation of student-led Nutrition Action Club (NAC)
  • On April 1, 2010, NAC members brought the campaign to the attention of the larger Boston Community by presenting the Junk Food Free Campaign to the Boston Public Health Commission. The Public Health Commission then invited NAC members to help kick off their Soda-Free Summer campaign. 
  • News stories featuring Codman’s Wellness initiatives on WBUR and Channel 5.
  • We are now completely "junk food free" at Codman. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thabiti Brown
CEO Term Start Sept 2001
CEO Email
CEO Experience Thabiti joined Codman Academy as the founding Humanities teacher in 2001 before serving as Academic Dean, Codman's first (and only!) Principal, and now Head of School. Prior to joining Codman, he taught at the Beacon School in New York and at the International School of Panama. Thabiti is a recipient of a 2005 Milken Educator Award. He is a member of the Codman Square Health Center board of directors. In 2011, he was awarded a Lynch Fellowship for Boston school leaders affiliated with Boston College Graduate School of Education. Thabiti's special interest is in schools as community centers. Thabiti is a graduate of Brown University (BA in American Civilizations) and Teachers College - Columbia University (MA in Social Studies).
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Bronze Medal for Best High Schools U.S. News and World Report 2016
Bronze Medal for Best High Schools U.S. News & World Report 2015
Bronze Medal for Best High Schools U.S. News & World Report 2014
Gold-Level Wellness Award MA Departments of Health and Elementary and Secondary Education 2010
The Commonwealth Award Massachusetts Cultural Council 2009


Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 75
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 27
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 39
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 47
Male: 28
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Mary Weber
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ropes & Gray LLP
Board Chair Term July 2013 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Margaret Campbell Codman Academy Exofficio
Ms. Christine Carsman Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. Voting
Ms. RoAnn Costin Wilderness Point Investments Voting
Mr. Chris Del Col Nomura Securities International Voting
Mr. James Dillon Retired Voting
Ms. Perrin Grayson Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Christopher Harris The Boston Foundation Voting
Mr. Justin Harrison BV Investment Partners Voting
Ms. Candace Lau-Hansen JP Morgan Voting
Ms. Marianne Lord Simmons College Voting
Mr. Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. MSNBC Voting
Mr. Mbakwe Okafor Fessenden School Voting
Mr. Andrew Perlmutter Boston Globe Media Partners Voting
Mr. Steve Sandak EverFi; Herb and Nell Singer Foundation Voting
The Honorable Patti Saris U.S. District Court Voting
Mr. David Thill Ramius LLC Voting
Mr. Marlon Thompson Fidelity Investments Voting
Mr. Bill Wall Abrams Capital Voting
Ms. Mary Weber Ropes & Gray Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. William Douglass K2 Advisors NonVoting
Mr. Charles Longfield Target Software NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 11
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Academic Affairs
  • Board Governance
  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $8,605,883 $7,211,887 $3,889,695
Total Expenses $7,509,064 $5,158,470 $3,515,444

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$575,753 $224,776 $360,692
Government Contributions $269,049 $185,265 $148,023
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $269,049 $185,265 $148,023
Individual Contributions $781,308 $875,192 $843,805
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $4,782,205 $3,401,912 $2,246,250
Investment Income, Net of Losses $27,013 $6,848 $2,772
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $989,451 $792,894 $262,858
Other $1,181,104 $1,725,000 $25,295

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense -- $2,450,187 $1,939,883
Administration Expense -- $2,653,897 $1,526,573
Fundraising Expense -- $54,386 $48,988
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.15 1.40 1.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% 47% 55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 4% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $24,989,024 $10,204,447 $5,704,376
Current Assets $4,578,513 $3,677,243 $2,064,261
Long-Term Liabilities $13,674,984 $2,150,000 $0
Current Liabilities $2,686,260 $523,486 $226,832
Total Net Assets $8,627,780 $7,530,961 $5,477,544

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To raise money toward the construction of a new building, the Lithgow Building, which will house our new Lower and Middle Schools.
Campaign Goal $12,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Sept 2014 - Aug 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $7,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.70 7.02 9.10

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 55% 21% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials. Please note, the data in the charts and graphs is the data of the Codman Academy Charter Public School and the Codman Academy Foundation (EIN: 04-3559945) combined.
For Codman Academy Foundation specific data, please refer to the Form 990s of the Codman Academy Foundation posted above and the component unit data in the fiscal year 2015, 2014 & 2013 audits posted above. Per the audit: "Codman Academy Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation) was formed in October, 2001, for charitable purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS. The Foundation promotes the financial well-being of the School and is considered a Component Unit of the School."
Please note, the amount in the Other revenue category for FY13 includes "non-expendable grants," for FY14 "capital contributions," and for FY15, "capital contributions." The organization provided a breakout of functional expenses for FY 2015, 2014 & 2013 as that detail was not available in the audits.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

At Codman, we use both quantitative and qualitative measurements to evaluate the success of our programs. Tracking is a team effort, with a variety of staff members – including teachers, the Head of School, Principals, Chief of Innovation and Strategy, Dean of College and Career Advising, Dean of Academic Enrichment and Instruction, Office Manager, Director of Special Education/ELL, and Director of Tutorial – measuring our success annually at the close of each school year through a variety of forms of data analysis.

We set the bar high at Codman, but we also offer the range of supports necessary to aid our students, faculty, and staff (along with families) in working together to achieve success, often defying societal expectations and traditional beliefs. We define success in a holistic manner – we value the success of our enrichment programming as much as we value our strong academic track record. As a school where the majority of incoming 9th graders come in already at a significant disadvantage – multiple grade levels below their college-bound peers – we are particularly focused on fostering student growth. Codman’s three overarching goals are: 1) To accelerate the acquisition of grade appropriate core academic skills; 2) To assist students in gaining access to college and in securing the necessary financial aid; 3) To equip our students with the knowledge, tools, and confidence necessary to succeed in college. We have demonstrated significant progress in goal #1 based on our students’ MCAS scores and #2-3 based on our 100% college acceptance rate, as well as our alumni’s success – 89% of our four most recent graduating classes are currently enrolled in/have graduated from college.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

At Codman, college advising begins on day one (and continues beyond graduation). Our goal is not simply for each of our students to get into college, but for each student to find the college (or alternative program) that is right for them and will be the most conducive to their success. By providing a program that extends further than a traditional school day/week (9:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Saturdays), we are able to integrate our college advising program into the academic day.

Even with the great strides that our students make, their options for college and for financial aid are more limited than if they had been able to start high school on equal footing. Our expansion to a K1-12 school will allow us to change this. Adding grades K1-8 will be a major step for the sustainability of our school. We will be able to provide academic support for our students from an early age and offer parents and students the continuity of the same school from elementary through high school. We will also have the opportunity to greatly increase the amount of time that we are able to spend with our students to prepare them for college, encourage their social-emotional development, and teach them how to make healthy choices. We believe fewer school transitions will increase academic achievement, improve dropout rates, decrease behavior referrals, and improve rates of attendance.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We firmly believe in the importance of cultivating appropriate socio-emotional development of our students. As the first school within a health center in the country, Codman is uniquely positioned to espouse a ‘whole student’ approach. 100% of our students receive mental health counseling from our social worker, who conducts intake interviews with each new student and family.  Our Social Worker leads our multi-tiered Student Support Services program, which includes individual counseling, crisis intervention, parent outreach, 9th grade group counseling, conflict mediation, and weekly Student Support Team meetings. Furthermore, our physical health program focuses on educating our students about making healthy choices. This includes free YMCA memberships, athletic teams, and a nutrition course and competency exam. 

Codman Academy has 75 full-time equivalent staff members (an increase from previous years due to our new Lower/Middle School staff), 3 part-time staff members, 3 consultants, and 14-17 adjunct faculty and coaches for our Saturday Enrichment Program and athletic programs. Codman Academy Foundation Board has 18 members, and the Codman Academy Board of Trustees has 15 members. Staff and board biographies can be accessed through our website.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We have a number of qualitative and quantitative measures by which we judge our program’s success:

Quantitatively, we assess:

  • MCAS Scores: Our tutoring program’s effectiveness is evaluated largely on our students MCAS scores each year. Codman is currently ranked 7th in the state for overall student growth on the MCAS, and we intend to continue our students’ improvements on and comfort with the test.
  • SAT Scores: Our goal is for our students to gain an average of 50 points through our SAT prep course.
  • College Acceptance Rate: Codman’s ultimate goal is to help students apply to, be accepted to, and succeed in college. Our Dean of College and Career Advising and our Dean of Alumni carefully track alumni who are in and out of college, as well as maintaining close relationships with Codman students in all grades. Every year since our founding, 100% of Codman seniors have been accepted to college. 89% of our four most recent alumni classes are enrolled in or have graduated from college as of September 2016.

Qualitatively, we rely on:

  • Student and teacher feedback: Students and faculty are asked to continually reflect on their practices and provide feedback for how our programs might be improved. Students often fill out surveys about programs, but informal feedback is also welcomed.
  • Standards-Based Grading: Rather than the traditional grading system, Codman uses standards-based grading, which has the benefit of allowing for an increased emphasis on evaluating students’ understanding of important academic concepts in order to appropriately prepare them for college. Students earn Advanced, Proficient, Beginning, or Needs Improvement on various learning targets, helping teachers to see where the gaps in knowledge exist and preparing students for the rigor of college courses.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We have demonstrated significant progress in goal #1 based on our students’ MCAS scores and #2-3 based on our 100% college acceptance rate, as well as our alumni’s success – 89% of our four most recent graduating classes are currently enrolled in/have graduated from college.
As we complete our expansion to a K1-12 school, our priority going forward is the development and implementation of a cohesive, rigorous, and engaging K1-12 curriculum. We continually seek to modify the best practices and experiences of our established and successful high school for our K1-8 students in an age-appropriate way.