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Blessed Stephen Bellesini O S A Academy Inc

 PO Box 1021
 Lawrence, MA 01842
[P] (978) 989-0004
[F] (978) 989-9404
www.bellesiniacademy.org
[email protected]
Julie DiFilippo
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INCORPORATED: 2002
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EIN 04-3585445

LAST UPDATED: 04/28/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Bellesini Academy is a private middle school dedicated to providing quality scholarship education to boys and girls from limited financial means living in Lawrence. The mission of the school is to provide an academically challenging and highly structured environment that develops the potential for each student to succeed in competitive secondary schools and colleges. Primary goals are to:
  • Identify and admit low-income students of all faiths who demonstrate academic promise;
  • Provide inner-city students with the advantages enjoyed by suburban students including: challenging curriculum taught in small classes by highly qualified teachers,meaningful after-school activities that keep students safe and off the streets, supervised evening study sessions, and an "11th month" of summer study that helps maintain academic gains in a camp-like environment;
  • Place all graduates in private college preparatory high schools on scholarship; and
  • Support alumni throughout high school and college in order to ensure long term success. 

Mission Statement

Bellesini Academy is a private middle school dedicated to providing quality scholarship education to boys and girls from limited financial means living in Lawrence. The mission of the school is to provide an academically challenging and highly structured environment that develops the potential for each student to succeed in competitive secondary schools and colleges. Primary goals are to:
  • Identify and admit low-income students of all faiths who demonstrate academic promise;
  • Provide inner-city students with the advantages enjoyed by suburban students including: challenging curriculum taught in small classes by highly qualified teachers,meaningful after-school activities that keep students safe and off the streets, supervised evening study sessions, and an "11th month" of summer study that helps maintain academic gains in a camp-like environment;
  • Place all graduates in private college preparatory high schools on scholarship; and
  • Support alumni throughout high school and college in order to ensure long term success. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,274,000.00
Projected Expense $1,239,640.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Classes
  • After-School & Evening Study Programs
  • Alumni Support Program
  • Summer Program

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Overview

Mission Statement

Bellesini Academy is a private middle school dedicated to providing quality scholarship education to boys and girls from limited financial means living in Lawrence. The mission of the school is to provide an academically challenging and highly structured environment that develops the potential for each student to succeed in competitive secondary schools and colleges. Primary goals are to:
  • Identify and admit low-income students of all faiths who demonstrate academic promise;
  • Provide inner-city students with the advantages enjoyed by suburban students including: challenging curriculum taught in small classes by highly qualified teachers,meaningful after-school activities that keep students safe and off the streets, supervised evening study sessions, and an "11th month" of summer study that helps maintain academic gains in a camp-like environment;
  • Place all graduates in private college preparatory high schools on scholarship; and
  • Support alumni throughout high school and college in order to ensure long term success. 

Background Statement

In 2001, a group of local community leaders joined together to respond to the severe crisis in education that persists in the city of Lawrence, MA:

· The high school graduation rate for Lawrence public high school students is just 67%—the 8th lowest graduation rate of any town or city in Massachusetts.

· College attendance in gateway cities such as Lawrence lags far behind other Massachusetts towns. It is estimated that just 14% of Lawrence students will graduate from high school on time and attend a four-year college. Only 10% of Lawrence residents 25+ have earned a bachelor’s degree.

· 90% of Lawrence students are low-income, compared to a statewide figure of 39%. Low-income students score lower on standardized tests, engage in more risk behaviors during adolescence, and are five times more likely to drop out of high school. Only 1 in 10 low-income students go on to earn a college degree.

· Just 44% of Lawrence students scored proficient on the 2014 English MCAS, while only 41% were proficient in math. Lawrence is labeled a “chronically underperforming district” that needs “substantial intervention.”

· Latino students, who comprise 91% of students in Lawrence, have the highest dropout rate of any ethnic group in Massachusetts and fall far behind other ethnic groups in college enrollment: Only 35% of Latino high school graduates attend college compared to 47% of whites and 41% of African-Americans.

· Latina girls face significant challenges compared to their peers, including lower proficiency in math and reading, higher high school dropout rates, and greater rates of obesity. Only 3% of Latina women are represented in the STEM fields, and poverty rates for Latina women are three times those of white women.

· Lawrence has one of the highest concentrations of limited English proficient students in the state. English is a second language for 70% of Lawrence students, compared to a statewide figure of 19%.

· The teen pregnancy rate in Lawrence is the 3rd highest in the state. Teens who become mothers are more likely to drop out of school and face a significant increase in economic insecurity.

To respond to this crisis, Bellesini Academy was established as an all boys school in September 2002.  The school opened with 26 students in grades 5 and 6.  Bellesini has seen tremendous growth since it opened twelve years ago.  The Academy has expanded to include 60 male students in grades 5-8 and provides support services to 125 alumni in high school and college.  In September 2015, the Academy opened a co-institutional girls school, admitting one class of female students.  It will expand to serve 60 female students by the 2018-19 school year.


Impact Statement

  1. The Academy has developed a reputation for providing excellent preparatory education that prepares students for success in private high schools. The Academy’s ultimate measure of success is the number of Bellesini graduates who go on to college preparatory high school and eventually graduate from a four year college.   For nine years in a row, every Bellesini graduate has earned acceptance to at least one competitive private high school.   While just 6% of low income students attend private high schools, 94% of Bellesini alumni currently attend, or have graduated from a private preparatory high school.  
  2. In addition, Bellesini students have been offered more than $14 million in high school scholarship money, making it possible for them to attend private school without financially burdening their families.   
  3. Not one Bellesini alumnus has dropped out of high school, and 100% have gone on to graduate.  87% of alumni have gone on to attend college, with another 5% enrolling in trade or technical schools and 5% entering military service.
  4. Standardized test scores demonstrate that Bellesini Academy is making great strides in preparing students for private high school. The class of 2015 earned test scores that average above grade level in all subjects, and gained an average of 9 grade levels in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics during their four years at Bellesini. On a national level, Bellesini students rank in the 80th percentiles: Math 99%, Reading 87%, Language 96%. 

Needs Statement

Preparing at-risk students from Lawrence for college preparatory high schools is challenging. To achieve this goal we must provide our students with an outstanding tuition-free education twelve hours a day, eleven months a year. The cost to educate a child at Bellesini Academy during the 2014-15 school year will be approximately $12,000: 
  • Academic Classes: $8,000
  • After-School Program: $1,500
  • Evening Study Program: $500 
  • Summer Program: $1,000
  • Academic Supplies & Text Books: $1,000  

When considering the annual cost of educating a student in the local public school system, it becomes clear that Bellesini is operating efficiently to deliver unparalleled instruction and support to its students. Lawrence Public Schools spends $13,852 per year to educate a student seven hours a day, ten months a year.  Bellesini’s $12,000 per student cost includes daily academic instruction from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., after-school enrichment from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., supervised study from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and four weeks of instruction during the summer months.  Bellesini students participate in more than 2000 hours of instruction each year—nearly double the hours of public school students.   


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
NORTHEAST REGION, MA

All students must reside in Lawrence, MA.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. Education - Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
  3. Religion- Related - Roman Catholic

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

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Programs

Academic Classes

Students attend 6 50-minute academic classes, including Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, from 8am to 3pm each day.  Rigorous academic curriculum is taught in classes limited to 15 students by highly qualified professional faculty, with a special emphasis on literacy and writing. 
Budget  $650,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term we seek to ensure that each student is making the academic gains necessary to be on or above grade level by the end of eighth grade so that they will be prepared to go on to a competitive private high school.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term all of our programs are evaluated against our alumni success in graduating from high school, going on to post-secondary education, and then obtaining a college degree or professional certificate.  
Program Success Monitored By  Standardized testing, including Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) throughout the year, as well as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) each spring.  
Examples of Program Success  On average, students gain two grade levels each year in reading, writing, and mathematics.  The class of 2015 gained nine grade levels over their four years at Bellesini.  

After-School & Evening Study Programs

At Bellesini, when academic classes end at 3pm the school day is only half over. The afternoon and evening hours are part of a 12-hour extended school day in which students’ horizons are broadened, their characters built, and confidence boosted.

From 3-5pm each day, students participate in a mandatory after-school program that includes clubs, team athletics, recreational activities, and enrichment programs help students develop their non-academic talents and interests.

After a short break for dinner with their families, students return to school at 6:30pm for a 2 hour evening study session.  Evening Study provides a quiet and structured environment in which students are offered one-on-one tutoring while they complete an average of two hours of nightly homework.  Evening study is one of the reasons students who attend Bellesini are able to make such academic strides, and it also allows them to learn and practice good study habits that will help them throughout their academic careers.
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

The majority of Bellesini students come from single parent homes or homes where both parents work. If not for Bellesini’s after-school and evening study programs, many of them would be left alone after-school, placing them at great risk of being exposed to negative influences. Instead, their horizons are broadened, their characters built, and confidence boosted as Bellesini uses this once idle and dangerous time as a time of opportunity, engaging all of its students in quality programs and activities.

Program Long-Term Success  All programs of the Academy are evaluated by the extent to which our graduates go on to graduate from a preparatory high school and complete a post-secondary program.
Program Success Monitored By 
Academic success is measured through yearly standardized test results which demonstrate that Bellesini students gain nearly two grades levels in all subjects each academic year.
Exposure to a variety of activities depends upon the placement of students in different programs each quarter. An effort is made to expose students to as many activities as possible, while also taking into consideration talents and interests of students as self-identified in student surveys.
Homework completion is tracked continually by the faculty. Those students who are experiencing difficulty in completing homework or who need additional academic support are identified by the school’s faculty and are paired with tutors during evening study.
Examples of Program Success  100% of Bellesini students go on to complete high school, and 87% go on to attend college, while another 10% enroll in trade programs or enlist in the military. 

Alumni Support Program

The Bellesini Academy Alumni Support Program invites 125 alumni to return to Bellesini for tutoring during the afternoons as well as scheduled evening study sessions, while a graduate support coordinator monitors their progress through high school and college.
Budget  $125,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Alumni
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

An Alumni Support Program helps graduates transition from Bellesini to high school and provides support services throughout high school and college, including:

  • Educating families about preparatory school expectations and systems, and providing advocacy and translation services for non-English speaking parents;
  • Assisting students with course selection & tracking their academic progress;
  • Connecting students to academic resources as well as extracurricular opportunities on their respective campuses;
  • Coordinating logistics such as transportation to/from schools, access to books, supplies, and lunch cards;
  • Developing individual strategies for academic success, including a four-year plan that puts them on-track for college;
  • Providing tutoring and other academic support for alumni;
  • Preparing students and their families for the college application process, including providing access to college admissions test preparation, organizing college visits, and completing applications and financial aid forms.
Program Long-Term Success  The goal of the alumni support program is to provide the support necessary for students to graduate from high school, gain entrance to college on scholarship, and complete a post-secondary program.
Program Success Monitored By  Yearly the program's success is measured by the number of Bellesini alumni who remain enrolled in high school and post-secondary programs.
Examples of Program Success 
  • While just 6% of low income students attend private high schools, 94% of Bellesini alumni currently attend, or have graduated from a private preparatory high school.
  • Not one Bellesini alumnus has dropped out of high school, and 100% have gone on to graduate!
  • Although just 51% of low-income students enroll in a 2 or 4 year college, 87% of Bellesini alumni have gone on to attend college—a rate comparable to that of high income students.

Summer Program

The Bellesini Academy Summer Program offers a safe and fun four-week summer camp experience that continues building academic skills while introducing students to new recreational pursuits in a college preparatory campus setting.
Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Summer School
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

The Bellesini Summer Program addresses the needs of low-income, at-risk Lawrence youth by providing a safe haven from the dangers of an unstructured summer in the inner-city. After a short break at the end of June, students return to their academic pursuits in a fresh suburban setting. Not only do Bellesini students avoid summer learning loss, they continue to make academic gains throughout the summer while experiencing life on a prep school campus. Growth is not just academic, however, as students engage in new enrichment activities, participate in different recreational pursuits, and take field trips that broaden their horizons.

Program Long-Term Success 

Bellesini considers the extension of the school year into the summer months to be critically important to helping at-risk inner city students make the academic and personal gains necessary to be prepared for success at a college preparatory high school. When new students matriculate at Bellesini, they are usually several grade levels behind in reading, writing, and mathematics. This is due in part to their status as English language learners, coupled with the crisis in education that exists in the local public schools that they have attended. The Academy utilizes its extended school day and longer school year in order to bring students up to grade level by the end of 8th grade.

While middle and high SES students continue to make academic gains during the summer by reading books, attending camps, and living in resource rich environments, their low SES peers actually lose academic skills between June and September, making the summer program extremely important for Bellesini students.

Program Success Monitored By  Academic growth as demonstrated through standardized test scores.  
Examples of Program Success  Students gain an average of 9 grade levels in math, reading, and writing during their four years at Bellesini.  A great deal of this growth can be attributed to their engagement and ongoing learning throughout the summer.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Bellesini Academy philosophy is simple: education is the key to escaping poverty. We are committed to ensuring that every Bellesini graduate attend a college preparatory high school and eventually complete a four year college degree.  Our programs are designed to prepare students for success in private college preparatory high schools. 

In order to provide students with the extra support they require to achieve their potential, the Academy is in session eleven months a year, offering more than 2000 hours of programming annually.  Beyond its academic program, the school offers afternoon enrichment and recreational activities, supervised evening study, and a four week summer program in order to foster the personal and intellectual development of its students.  Each school day includes nearly twelve hours of instruction, recreation, and academic support:

 
  • 7:30-7:50              Breakfast
  • 7:50-8:20              Homeroom & Morning Assembly
  • 8:20-3:00              Academic Classes
  • 3:00-5:00              After-School Activities, Sports and Clubs
  • 5:00-6:30              Students Go Home for Dinner   
  • 6:30-8:30              Students Return for Supervised Evening Study

 

This extended school day, which operates eleven months a year, brings the advantages enjoyed by suburban students to at-risk youth in the City of Lawrence.  These advantages include:
  • Rigorous academic curriculum taught in classes limited to 15 students, taught by highly qualified professional faculty, with a special emphasis on literacy and writing;
  • After-school activities such as clubs, team athletics, recreational activities, and enrichment programs help students develop their non-academic talents and interests;
  • Evening study sessions provide a quiet and structured environment in which students are offered one-on-one tutoring while they complete an average of two hours of nightly homework;
  • Summer program offers a safe and fun four-week summer camp experience that continues building academic skills while introducing students to new recreational pursuits in a college preparatory campus setting;
  • Character development is emphasized across our curriculum and in the Academy’s student handbook with a focus on good citizenship, morality, deportment, community service, and civic responsibility; and
  • Good nutrition is provided at breakfast and lunch each day throughout the school year.

In addition, a High School Placement Program guides students through SSAT/HSPT preparation, admissions applications, admissions interviews, and financial aid applications. An Alumni Support Program helps graduates transition from Bellesini to high school and provides support services throughout high school and college, including:

 

  • Educating families about preparatory school expectations and systems, and providing advocacy and translation services for non-English speaking parents;
  • Assisting students with course selection and tracking their academic progress;
  • Connecting students to academic resources as well as extracurricular opportunities on their respective campuses;
  • Coordinating logistics such as transportation to/from schools, access to books, supplies, and lunch cards;
  • Developing individual strategies for academic success, including a four-year plan that puts them on-track for college;
  • Providing tutoring and other academic support for alumni;
  • Preparing students and their families for the college application process, including providing access to college admissions test preparation, organizing college visits, and completing applications and financial aid forms.

 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Julie DiFilippo
CEO Term Start Sept 2001
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Julie DiFilippo, Head of School, is a native of North Andover. She attended St. Mary’s High School in Lawrence, graduated from Merrimack College, and earned her Masters of Education Administration at Emmanuel College. Ms. DiFilippo served as a full-time volunteer teacher for two years at Mother Caroline Academy, a Nativity model school for girls located in Dorchester, MA. She was the Assistant Director for Development at Weston Jesuit School of Theology for two years and served as the youth and confirmation director at St. Michael’s Parish in North Andover for seven years. Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director in the fall of 2001, Ms. DiFilippo conducted an eight month feasibility study to explore the potential for a Nativity model school in Lawrence. She serves as a member of the Grants and Allocations Committee for the Catholic Schools Foundation, and also as a member of the Education Committee for the Board of Trustees at St. John’s Preparatory School. She recently co-authored “STEM Literacy, Civic Responsibility, and Future Vision: Examining the Effects of the Lawrence Math & Science Partnership,” published in the book Realities, Reflections, and Refinement in K-12 Service-Learning Partnerships by Anker Publishing. 

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
Ms. Kathleen Colfer Assistant Head of School

Kathleen S. Colfer, Assistant Head of School, joined the Bellesini faculty as a language arts teacher in 2008 and became the Assistant Head in 2013. With an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University, Ms. Colfer brings expertise in teaching reading and writing, which is useful for helping the faculty members integrate reading and writing skills across the curriculum. She previously taught intermediate grades at a nearby charter school with a similar population, and where the emphasis was on language arts, specifically improving fluency and comprehension.

Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

  • uAspire
  • Brooks School 
  • Brooks School Day Camp
  • Common Sense Media (Digital Literacy & Citizenship curriculum) 
  • Essex Art Center 
  • Families First
  • Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative (Academic Bowl)
  • Groton School
  • Groundwork Lawrence (Urban Adventurers summer program)
  • Lawrence Community Works (Family Asset Building Individual Development Accounts)
  • Lawrence Higher Education Resource Center (HERC)
  • Lawrence Public Library (Geography Bowl)
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Lawrence YMCA
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • Mary Immaculate Nursing Home.
  • Merrimack College Stevens Learning Center
  • Merrimack College Science Initiative
  • Merrimack Valley Catholic Basketball League
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA's Camp Otter & Camp Lawrence
  • MSPCA at Nevins Farm
  • North Shore Independent Schools Athletic League
  • Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center
  • St. John's Preparatory School (scholarship fund for Bellesini alumni and hosts Bellesini Summer Program)
  • Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Youth & Music Initiative (with the Lawrence YMCA)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 12
Number of Volunteers 250
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 63
Hispanic/Latino: 37
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 68
Male: 32
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
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. John Schutz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cabot Paints (Retired)
Board Chair Term Sept 2003 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair Don Bulens
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation President and CEO, Unidesk Corporation
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2010 - June 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Firdaus Bhathena President & CEO, Ziptr, Inc. Voting
Mr. Don Bulens President and CEO, Unidesk Corporation Voting
Mr. Tony Calderon Finance Director / CFO Global Integrated Sensors Product Line, Raytheon Company Voting
Ms. Emma Campbell No Affiliation Voting
Ms Jocelyn Cascio Intel Voting
Ms. Chrissy Chaban Retired Voting
Ms. Julie DiFilippo Head of School, Bellesini Academy Exofficio
Mr. Larry Dube PCL Associates, Inc. Voting
Mr. Paul Esdale No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Richard Feldman President, Feldman Development Partners Voting
Mr. Richard S. Haak Jr. Smartbear Software Inc. Voting
Ms. Joanne Harder Development Office at Shore Country Day School Voting
Dr. Ed Hardiman Headmaster, St. John's Preparatory School Voting
Ms. Mitzi Lawlor Managing Partner at D’Alelio Management Co, LCC Voting
Mr. Thomas Licciardello Licciardello Financial Services Voting
Dr. David McGrath DVM Veterinarian & Owner, Wignall Animal Hospital Voting
Ms. Mary McKernan Esq. Retired Voting
Ms. Lillian Miller Faculty, Brooks School Voting
Mr. Walter Morris Faculty, Shore Country Day School Voting
Mr. John Schutz Pres/CEO, Cabot Stains (Retired) 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 20
Caucasian: 80
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 43
Male: 57
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 78%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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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 $1,315,259 $800,218 $1,175,357
Total Expenses $1,085,513 $1,072,994 $1,018,338

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$795,640 $403,753 $808,900
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $295,378 $242,337 $232,527
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $20,017 $15,710 $15,849
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,406 $1,624 $2,491
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $65,313 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $137,505 $136,794 $115,590
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $886,849 $871,035 $834,354
Administration Expense $49,150 $47,237 $48,283
Fundraising Expense $149,514 $154,722 $135,701
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.21 0.75 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 81% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 24% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $3,362,154 $3,217,056 $3,536,026
Current Assets $864,718 $671,592 $889,923
Long-Term Liabilities $58,651 $131,683 $225,971
Current Liabilities $80,388 $92,004 $43,910
Total Net Assets $3,223,115 $2,993,369 $3,266,145

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 Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To expand our school building to accommodate our new co-institutional girls school.
Campaign Goal $2,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2015 - June 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $430,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 10.76 7.30 20.27

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 4% 6%

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. 

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Bellesini Academy seeks to break the cycle of poverty through education.  Exclusively serving low-income students living in the city of Lawrence, Bellesini strives to prepare all students for admission to private preparatory high schools on scholarship, with the hope that all students will eventually earn a college degree.  100% of students go on to private high schools, and 87% go on to college, while another 10% enter trade programs or the military.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The Bellesini Academy philosophy is simple: education is the key to escaping poverty. We are committed to ensuring that every Bellesini graduate attend a college preparatory high school and eventually earn a four year college degree. Our programs are designed to prepare students for success in private college preparatory high schools.  

 

In order to provide students with the extra support they require to achieve their potential, the Academy is in session eleven months a year, offering more than 2000 hours of programming annually. Beyond its academic program, the school offers afternoon enrichment and recreational activities, supervised evening study, and a four week summer program in order to foster the personal and intellectual development of its students. Each school day includes nearly twelve hours of instruction, recreation, and academic support:

7:30-7:50 Breakfast

7:50-8:20 Homeroom & Morning Assembly

8:20-3:00 Academic Classes

3:00-5:00 After-School Activities, Sports and Clubs

5:00-6:30 Students Go Home for Dinner

6:30-8:30 Students Return for Supervised Evening Study

This extended school day, which operates eleven months a year, brings the advantages enjoyed by suburban students to at-risk youth in the City of Lawrence. These include:

· Rigorous academic curriculum taught in classes limited to 15 students, taught by highly qualified professional faculty, with a special emphasis on literacy and writing;

· After-school activities such as clubs, team athletics, recreational activities, and enrichment programs help students develop their non-academic talents and interests;

· Evening study sessions provide a quiet and structured environment in which students are offered one-on-one tutoring while they complete an average of two hours of nightly homework;

· Summer program offers a safe and fun four-week summer camp experience that continues building academic skills while introducing students to new recreational pursuits in a college preparatory campus setting; and

· Good nutrition is provided at breakfast and lunch each day throughout the school year.

In addition, a High School Placement Program guides students through SSAT/HSPT preparation, admissions applications, admissions interviews, and financial aid applications. An Alumni Support Program helps graduates transition from Bellesini to high school and provides support services throughout high school and college, including:

· Educating families about preparatory school expectations and systems, and providing advocacy and translation services for non-English speaking parents;

· Assisting students with course selection and tracking their academic progress;

· Connecting students to academic resources as well as extracurricular opportunities on their respective campuses;

· Coordinating logistics such as transportation to/from schools, access to books, supplies, and lunch cards;

· Developing individual strategies for academic success, including a four-year plan that puts them on-track for college;

· Providing tutoring and other academic support for alumni;

· Preparing students and their families for the college application process, including providing access to college admissions test preparation, organizing college visits, and completing applications and financial aid forms.


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

The Academy’s long term relationship with its students and their families is one of the most important reasons why Bellesini students achieve success. Beginning when students arrive as fifth graders and continuing on through eighth grade, high school, and college, Bellesini staff and faculty work closely with students and parents in order to ensure that each student will reach his full potential and stay on track to attend a private preparatory high school and eventually earn a four-year college degree. And while Bellesini is a tuition-free school, all parents are required to invest in their child’s education by volunteering through the Academy’s parent partnership program. Parents contribute a total of more than 2000 volunteer hours to the school annually.

Our dedicated faculty and staff includes veteran teachers who are highly skilled and passionate about helping our students reach their full potential.  Attracting and maintaining high quality faculty and staff is among our most important priorities.  
 
The Academy partners with more than 30 local organizations in order to provide quality programs to our students in a cost effective manner:

· St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers partners with Bellesini to maintain a scholarship fund for Bellesini graduates that provides for tuition, books, supplies, and transportation to about 30 Bellesini alumni. St. John’s also hosts Bellesini’s summer program, providing facilities & meals at no cost to the Academy.

· Merrimack College, Groton, and Brooks School provide volunteer tutors for the supervised study program.

· Bellesini’s after-school athletics and enrichment programs benefit from collaborations with many local organizations including the Lawrence YMCA, the Youth and Music Initiative, the MSPCA, the North Shore Independent Schools Athletic League, and the Merrimack Valley Catholic Basketball League.  Students also participate in the Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative Academic Bowl, as well as the Geography Bowl hosted by the Lawrence Public Library. Our students volunteer to serve dinner to the residents of Mary Immaculate Nursing Home and at Cor Unum Meal Center. Merrimack College hosts a Science Enrichment program at the Academy one afternoon a week.

· Lawrence Public Schools provides breakfast & lunch through the USDA Free & Reduced Lunch program each day.

· Bellesini utilizes Common Sense Media’s free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, which empowers students to think critically and make informed choices about how they create, communicate, and treat others in the digital world.

· Bellesini partners with Families First to present four parenting workshops to Bellesini parents each year that teach them how to take control of their parenting using proven discipline and communication strategies. 

· Additional summer experiences beyond the Academy’s 4-week summer program are made possible by the Merrimack Valley YMCA's Camp Otter Camp Lawrence, the MSPCA Nevins Farm, Brooks School, and Groundwork Lawrence’s Urban Adventurers summer program.

· The Bellesini Alumni Support Program collaborates with local agencies to provide college bound opportunities to alumni. Bellesini enrolls our alumni in Let’s Get Ready, a national program that provides SAT preparation, college visits, and guidance for college selection, applications, financial aid and scholarships to our alumni. Bellesini also works with uAspire, a non-profit organization that provides free financial aid advice, education, and advocacy to help students overcome the financial barriers to achieving their dreams of a college degree. Brooks School, Central Catholic High School, and St. John’s Prep all provide SAT prep courses free of charge. The Academy is a sponsor organization for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, which offers college scholarships to students with financial need.


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

Bellesini measures the success of our programs in several ways:
1.  Standardized test scores, including MAP testing and the ITBS, are used to measure the progress of our students academically.  On average, Bellesini students gain approximately 9 grade levels in math, reading, and writing over their four years at Bellesini.
2.  Private high school placement and scholarship:  100% of our alumni go on to private preparatory high schools on scholarship.
3.  High school graduation:  100% of Bellesini alumni have gone on to graduate from high school--not one alum has dropped out of school. 
4.  College placement: 87% of alumni have gone on to attend college, with another 10% in trade programs or the military.  

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

· The Academy has long considered how we could broaden our impact on the Lawrence community. Specifically, our leadership focused on the need for more educational opportunities for the 2,500 middle school girls living in Lawrence. Bellesini will be admitting girls in the fall of 2015, beginning with one class of 18 girls and growing to serve 60 girls in grades 5 through 8 by the 2018-19 school year. Understanding that the needs of girls and boys are unique, classes will remain single gender, utilizing a “co-institutional” rather than coeducational model. Although there will be additional expense in educating more students, the net effect of expanding from 60 students to 120 students will drive down the per pupil cost from $12,000 to about $10,000, as many efficiencies are gained.

· Obtaining accreditation is critical to the mission effectiveness of the school. The accreditation process will involve conducting a self-study of our school that will be evaluated by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We look forward to this as an opportunity to identify areas in which we can improve our programs.

· Providing an increasing level of technology education to our students will be a focus for the Academy in the coming years. With many high schools transitioning away from print textbooks to iPads and online textbooks, it is critical that we incorporate additional technology experiences into our curriculum. This will require additional investments in computers, tablets, and other devices, as well as professional development on technology integration for our faculty.

· The Academy has identified a need to further educate students about nutrition, health, and physical fitness. A Healthy Living Program is being instituted that will span all four grades in the after-school program.

· The Alumni Support Program is continuing to expand to meet an ever growing number of alumni. One of the most important challenges we face is helping alumni find ways to make college affordable (and avoid incurring a burdensome amount of debt) as the cost of college tuition continues to increase.

· A continual challenge that the Academy faces is raising the funds required to operate a tuition-free private school. Bellesini is currently working on increasing its individual donor base, improving our corporate giving program, and growing our student sponsorship and "Adopt an Alumnus" programs. The Academy is also focusing on public relations, board development, and long rang strategic planning in order to secure the school’s financial future.