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Boston Renaissance Charter School, Inc.

 1415 Hyde Park Avenue
 Hyde Park, MA 02136
[P] (617) 357-0900 x 2201
[F] (617) 357-0949
www.BostonRenaissance.org
mtaylor@bostonrenaissance.org
Monique Taylor
INCORPORATED: 1995
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3241054

LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2014
Organization DBA Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The BRCPS mission is to provide a vibrant educational experience for Boston’s children, nurturing and developing children academically, socially and emotionally through a rigorous curriculum that includes technology, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, and movement.

 

Mission Statement

The BRCPS mission is to provide a vibrant educational experience for Boston’s children, nurturing and developing children academically, socially and emotionally through a rigorous curriculum that includes technology, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, and movement.

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $14,344,220.00
Projected Expense $14,332,220.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Extended Learning After School Program
  • Instructional Technology Program
  • Literacy Initiative

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The BRCPS mission is to provide a vibrant educational experience for Boston’s children, nurturing and developing children academically, socially and emotionally through a rigorous curriculum that includes technology, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, and movement.

 


Background Statement

Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS) was founded in 1995 by Dr. Robert Gaudet, former Executive Director of the Horace Mann Foundation, and a group of concerned business and community leaders to provide an alternative opportunity for Boston children to experience “a world class education.” In SY2000, BRCPS left its original partnership with Edison Schools and established a new academic model and corresponding curriculum.

In February 2005, the school’s charter was renewed with conditions that that it demonstrate academic success by making Adequate Yearly Progress (MCAS requirement) and substantially reduce enrollment. For the past four years, BRCPS has made significant gains on MCAS—Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System—in both English Language Arts and Math. Performance on the third grade MCAS has been particularly strong with BRCPS third graders outperforming the state in both reading and mathematics in 2009. The current enrollment is being reduced over the next three years (exact numbers will be determined by the number of graduating students and the number of siblings enrolled). The smaller school size will allow Boston Renaissance to focus on creating better outcomes for its students while building on a replicable model of excellence.

BRCPS moved in September 2010 from down town Boston to a newly renovated, state of the art facility in Hyde Park. Boston’s largest elementary school, Boston Renaissance currently serves 1,016 students in grades PreK-6 from ten Boston neighborhoods. 96% of students are of African descent or Latino. Nearly 80% qualify for free and reduced lunch.

 


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
1. 4th grade MCAS Long Composition test scores went up from 11 to 14.4.
2. A new fundraising program has started to yield results. The first annual gala yeilded $500,000. A new grants program has funded Literacy professional development for 4th and 5th grade teachers and scholarship money has been raised for students to attend the after-school program.
3. A new writing program was piloted starting in January of 2012. Early responses from teachers and students were overwhelminghly positive. The program is being further developed over the summer in conjunction with teacher training. The program will be introduced in all 4th and 5th grade classrooms starting in September.
4. The number of students in the Mandarin program has increased by 15%.
5. The Voices of Renaissance, a 100 voice choir of students, faculty, staff and parents performed at the White House at the annual Holiday gathering hosted by the first family.
 
Goals:
1. Students and teachers achieve Adequate Yearly Progress on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Tests in English Language Arts, Math and Science, with 75% or more of students demonstrating proficiency. 
2. Sixth grade students produce a rubric-scored electronic portfolio demonstrating achievement of 21st century technology skills with 75% of students demonstrating proficiency as evaluated by adult practitioners.
3. The Percentage of BRCPS students served by BRCPS's optional full-service programming such as Vision, Dental, Counseling increases by 5% each year.
4. BRCPS advances its Mandarin Program by grade level each year so that it becomes a K-6 program by the end of the charter term (2015).


 

Needs Statement

1. Purchase new curriculum for reading and math school wide ($300,000). 
2. Maintain Renaissance Fellow program so that the school can train teachers and then move them into classrooms the following year when needed ($300,000).
3. Intervention service resources to support students not attaining proficiency benchmarks (technology and other programs - $100,000).
4. Professaional development for teachers, services and programs ($50,000).
5. Parental university (workshops to bring in outside providers to teach parents how to support their children academically ($20,000).

CEO Statement

Every school in Boston is attempting to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged students and their families. There is no other school in Boston that offers such a comprehensive array of services for children. In addition to the Extended Learning After School Program, BRCPS also offers wrap-around on-site non-academic support survices to remove obstacles to learning (i.e.a Vision Center, Dental Center, 2 full-time nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, physical thearapists, etc.).

Board Chair Statement

I became a member of the board after becoming a parent of a kinder school student four years ago. I currently conduct virological research in the Harvard-M.I.T. division of Health Sciences and Technology and am an Instructor in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University. In 1988, I graduated from high school in South Central Los Angeles and came to Boston to attend college and graduate school at Harvard, eventually attaining my goal of getting a doctoral degree. My background has instilled in me a deep commitment to encourage students of under-represented ethnic and under-privileged economic backgrounds to explore interests in science and technology. I recognize that the successful pursuit of higher education, particularly in these fields, requires that a firm foundation in basic math and literacy skills be laid at an early age. I am thrilled and honored to support Boston Renaissance Charter Public School in preparing Boston's Children to take advantage of the opportunities the school offers them.



Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

Located in Hyde Park, the school serves 1,016 students and is the largest elementary school in Boston. The students represent twelve Boston neighborhoods including including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamiaca Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury and West Roxbury.  Black/African American: 682; Latino/Hispanic: 290; Multiracial: 24; Asian: 17; Caucasian: 12. Special education: 128. 830 are low-income.





Located in Hyde Park, the school serves 1,025 students and is
the largest elementary school in Boston. The students represent twelve Boston
neighborhoods including including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Charlestown,
Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamiaca Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale,
Roxbury and West Roxbury.  Black/African American: 682; Latino/Hispanic:
290; Multiracial: 24; Asian: 17; Caucasian: 12. Special education: 128. 830 are
low-income.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
  2. Youth Development -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Extended Learning After School Program

The Extended Learning After School Program serves 120 children from kindergarten through grade six. Students meet from 3:30-6 pm Monday through Friday and are grouped by grade with approximately 20 students per classroom. Parents pay a monthly fee of $175. The program is run by a full-time director and staffed by teachers, paraprofessionals, and college student volunteers from Lasell College (America Reads, reading and America Counts, math).



Budget  $219,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Blacks, African Heritage Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
Students will consistently and successfully complete homework as measured through a surveyof students’ academic classroom teachers (December and June).
Program Long-Term Success 
Parents will have a safe and supportive environment for their children after school at an accessible cost.
Participating students will be among those reaching proficiency in all subject areas as measured by the MCAS.
 
Program Success Monitored By  ŸStudents will show growth in interpersonal skills and schoolfunctioning as evaluated using the BERS-2, a multi-modal annual assessment
system that measures the child's behavior from three perspectives: the child (Youth Rating Scale), parent (Parent Rating Scale), and teacher or
other professionals (Teacher Rating Scale).
Examples of Program Success 
The school became aware that there was a student who was going home to an empty house every afternoon and waiting on the proch for her parent to arrive. The student was given a scholarship in the After School Program where she and her family knew she was cared for and the studen'ts grades showed steady improvement as a result of the extra support she received.

Instructional Technology Program

The Technology facilities and program at BRCPS make up one of the most advanced and comprehensive education technology systems in Massachusetts. 

Goals

BRCPS will effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning to raise student performance in core academic areas; develop students’ ability to think critically, creatively, analytically and collaboratively; Ÿprepare students to be competitive in a technology-rich 21st century
global workplace; expand students’ perspectives by connecting them to the community and the world, and enrich assessment practices to better monitor a wide range of student needs.
Budget  $1,009,037.00
Category  Science & Technology, General/Other Science & Technology, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Blacks, African Heritage Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

All students will participate in the annual sTem Fair, a school-wide showcase of technology-rich, standards-based, student-created artifacts of 21stcentury learning in every subject.



Program Long-Term Success 

Sixth grade students will produce a rubric-scored electronic portfolio demonstrating achievement of   21st century technology skills with 75% of students demonstrating proficiency as evaluated by adult practitioners.

Program Success Monitored By 

A Technology Advisory Committee monitors the implementation of the technology plan, evaluates the plan's effectiveness and provides insight for future technology initiatives. Teachers take the Technology Self Assessment for Teachers (TSAT) available on the Mass. Dept of Educaiton's Technology portal.



 

Examples of Program Success 

All 6th grade students in the class of 2012 produced an electronic portfolio or digital narrated movie that demonstrated their achievement in all subject areas, their knowledge of 21st century technology skills and an undertanding of confidence, character and citizenship. Using a rubric and an online polling tool, students and external adult practitioners from around the world voted on which movies were to be shown and celebrated at the second annual school wide sTem Fair Showcase. At the showcase, students were recognized with special awards for their efforts  and received BRCPS imprinted DVDS at graduation loaded with their Eportfolio and digital yearbook.


Literacy Initiative

The BRCPS literacy model offers a systematic approach to reading intervention, including development of practices regarding student placement with specialist assignment; use of computer-based intervention programs; creation of a reading Lab, and an expanded and enhanced professional development system that trains teachers in specific intervention and enrichment programs to challenge students. This program is responsible for the outstanding success of BRCPS students in MCAS reading scores over the past four years.


Budget  $1,069,156.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Blacks, African Heritage Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of SY2013, 60% of 4th graders will score proficient on long composition scores.
Program Long-Term Success 
75% of all students at the school will score proficient in reading and writing.
Program Success Monitored By 
MCAS test scores.
Examples of Program Success 
In 2012, 4th grade long composition scores increased from 50% to 53.4 % proficiency in MCAS long composition test.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Meeting our financial goals is one of our biggest challenges because so much of our income is related to the per pupil tuition we receive from the Boston Public Schools. With a new fundraising plan in place and a team including a consultant, a part time grant writer, and two support staff working together with the support of our board, we are making steady progress.towards meeting our goal of supporting our students' academic, emotional and physical needs.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Roger F. Harris
CEO Term Start Aug 1998
CEO Email rharris@bostonrenaissance.org
CEO Experience Roger Harris was born and raised in the Roxbury section of Boston. He served three years of active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, including a 13-month tour of duty with a combat unit in Vietnam. He received a B.S. from Boston University, a master's degree in School Administration from Boston state College, and a Ph.D.from Boston College. Harris worked for over 25 years in the Boston Public Schools system, as a teacher, dean of discipline, athletic coach, assistant headmaster, and principal. Prior to Renaissance, Harris was principal of the Timilty Middle School, which received the "Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence" and the "A+ Award for Breaking the Mold" from the U.S. Department of Education. A "Point of Light" award receipient, Harris also has received awards from the Urban League, Urban Bankers Forum, Kiwanis Club, Veterans' Benefits Clearinghouse, the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts and the US Secretary of Education.
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
Jillian Nesgos Head of School

Jillian Nesgos, head of school, was awarded
the Thomas C. Passios Outstanding Principal Award for 2011. The honor is the
highest a Massachusetts principal can receive. Nesgos has also been honored as
Massachusetts’ National Distinguished Principal by the United States Department
of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Nesgos
started as a teacher when the school opened in 1995, and served as Primary
House principal from 2003 to 2011 when she was named Head of School. She has
helped create a number of outstanding programs including Literacy Through the
Arts, which uses drama to boost literacy skills; Morning Math, which pairs
volunteers with students and teachers to practice math skills; and Renaissance
Writes, which brings adults to the classroom to support students during their
writing block.



Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Jillian Nesgos -BRCPS Head of Schools was the 2011 Principal of the Year/ National Distinguished Principal of the Year, Dr. Roger Harris received the same award in 2000 Thomas C. Passios Outstanding Principal of the Year/ Massachusetts 2011
One of Boston's Best Schools Boston Magazine 2007

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

In the fall of 2009, BRCPS started a collaborative and dynamic Chinese Program through a triangulated design: Envisioning, Implementing and Evaluating a Chinese Program. The program not only includes visionary inception, well-articulated goals, research-based classroom, assessment practices and ongoing collaborative evaluation, but also embraces a professional development plan, a curriculum development process, and high level of responsiveness to the needs of students, teachers and families, which provides the framework for a new program that optimizes program success and applies theory to practice in a vital way.

 

Our goal was to start with a strong core base foundation and to grow the program by adding one grade each year. We began with the youngest students in our Kinder School, where language acquisition is most effectively acquired. BRCPS’s Chinese Language and Culture program is also a part of the school’s mission to prepare students for successful 21st century global citizens.

 

88 Kindergarten students began learning Chinese as a second language in 2009-2010. In 2010-2011, the students who learned Chinese increased to 400 students, including all K1, K2 and G1 students. These students received Chinese instruction three times a week. Each class is 30 minutes. In 2011-2012,468 students from all K1, K2. G1 and G2 learned Chinese. The class was scheduled five times a week for 30 minutes per class. Chinese classes will be implemented in grades K-6 for all students in SY 2015-2016.

 

In addition to instruction in Chinese during the school day, BRCPS also started a Chinese afterschool and summer school program for students.

 

Topics for the Chinese language include greetings, colors, numbers, body parts, Chinese New Year celebration, food, animals, transportation and garden project. Students are able to respond to greetings in Chinese, follow Chinese directions, and express simple needs and emotions.

 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The greatest strength of the school is its approach to learning. Every school in Boston is attempting to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged students and their families. There is no other school in Boston that offers such a comprehensive array of services for children. In addition to rigorous academic offerings, BRCPS also offers wrap-around on-site non-academic support services to remove obstacles to learning including a Vision Center, Dental Center, Nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

The greatest challenge is funding all the school's programs. Most of the school’s income comes from per pupil tuition from the city of Boston.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 172
Number of Part Time Staff 43
Number of Volunteers 101
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 37
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 94
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 3 (mixed race)
Gender Female: 118
Male: 28
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Lennitt Bligen Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage
Board Chair Term Nov 2007 - Nov 2016
Board Co-Chair Dr. Glover P. Martin
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation MIT
Board Co-Chair Term Mar 2012 - Mar 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mary Alexandre Price Waterhouse Voting
Lennitt Bligen Jr. Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage Voting
Ms. Rayna Briceno Boston Public Schools --
Ambrose Faturoti BRCPS Voting
Dr. Roger F. Harris Superintendent, Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Voting
Aaron Kesler Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Voting
Senam Y. Kumahia BRCPS Voting
Dr. Glover W. Martin III Harvard Research Scientist Voting
Marzuq Muhammad Trinity Financial Voting
Harold Raymond Design and Development Consultant (Principal) 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
Roger F. Harris Ph.D. Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Voting
Monroe Moseley Isaacson / Miller Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
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 No

Standing Committees

  • Academic Affairs
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel
  • Operations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The 2011-2012 academic year presented some unique challenges and continued transition. Budget-reducing measures necessitated significant staffing adjustments and organizational restructuring. Despite these challenges, Dr. Harris, the Leadership Team, faculty and staff remained committed to carrying out the School's Mission, and providing a superior educational alternative to more than 1000 Boston children. We expect a greater degree of stability going forward. Trustees have focused on moving toward the completion of a 5-10 year strategic plan to strengthen the “core” for sustainable growth. One major initiative is to secure BRCPS' financial stability, and to cultivate its base of support. In December, a significant milestone in this process was reached with the inaugural BRCPS Champions for Children Gala. Supporters gave more than $500,000 in support of BRCPS initiatives. 
 
The past year has seen the continued growth of enrichment opportunities at BRCPS. The Mandarin program continues to be extended to more grades. The number of students receiving instruction has risen by 15% and teaching staff and days of instruction have increased as well. Under the leadership of Ms. Evelyn Lee-Jones, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Voices of Renaissance (VOR), a choir of more than one hundred students, faculty, staff and parents, has grown. In December, the group sang at the annual Holiday gathering hosted by the First Family at the White House in Washington, D.C.


 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $16,594,818 $15,428,302 $15,314,564
Total Expenses $14,957,596 $13,803,055 $14,443,044

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $15,330,600 $15,028,839 $14,517,695
    Federal $1,301,023 $1,787,534 $1,937,075
    State $14,029,577 $13,241,305 $12,580,620
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $192,517 $120,059 $339,065
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $908,896 $904,995 $1,012,803
Investment Income, Net of Losses $106,240 $-717,152 $-781,235
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $23,043 $108,203 $200,664
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $33,522 $-16,642 $25,572

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $11,966,077 $11,042,444 $11,482,036
Administration Expense $2,898,519 $2,667,611 $2,868,008
Fundraising Expense $93,000 $93,000 $93,000
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 1.12 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 80% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $49,952,413 $48,747,730 $47,532,284
Current Assets $10,324,966 $8,625,693 $7,062,459
Long-Term Liabilities $12,944,623 $13,403,164 $13,841,103
Current Liabilities $2,042,758 $1,782,616 $1,754,478
Total Net Assets $34,965,032 $33,561,950 $31,936,703

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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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 N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.05 4.84 4.03

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 26% 27% 29%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials, and cover both the school and foundation's work.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
The amount in "other" includes significant gains on sale of assets, particularly for fiscal year 2011. 

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