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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: 11/14/2017
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, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $1,526,500.00
Projected Expense $1,502,590.00

ProgramsMORE »

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

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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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 in the city of Lawrence, MA.  An eight-month long feasibility study held focus groups with local leaders, parents, and students and gathered data that confirmed the need for a school that would focus on the educational needs of boys in Lawrence.  The graduation rate is among the lowest in the state, only 10% of Lawrence residents have earned a bachelor's degree, and the school district has been labeled a "chronically underperforming district" that needs "substantial intervention."  In addition, 90% of Lawrence students are from low income families and English is a second language for 70% of students.  

Bellesini opened in 2002 with 26 boys in grades five and six. The Academy has seen tremendous growth since then, growing to enroll 60 boys in grades five through eight, graduating its first class of students in 2005, and providing support services to more than 150 alumni in high school and college.

In 2012, the Academy’s leadership began to consider how Bellesini could broaden its impact on the community. Specifically, the trustees focused on the many obstacles to academic and personal success facing Lawrence girls:

  • 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.
  • The graduation rate for girls attending Lawrence public schools is the 10th lowest in the state.
  • Just 56% of Lawrence's female students scored proficient on the 2016 Math portion of MCAS, while just 46% were proficient in Science and Technology, and 79% were proficient in English.
  • 91% of students in Lawrence are Latino. 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.

In response to these needs, Bellesini is expanding to serve girls. The co-institutional girls’ school opened with one class of girls in 2015-16, and will grow to serve 60 girls in grades five through eight by 2018-19.


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 twelve 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, 96% of Bellesini alumni currently attend, or have graduated from a private preparatory high school.  
  2. In addition, Bellesini students have been offered more than $15 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.  88% of alumni have gone on to attend college, with another 4% 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 85%, Language 99%. 

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 2017-18 school year will be approximately $10,500: 
  • Academic Classes: $6,500
  • 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 $10,500 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  $783,080.00
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  $200,000.00
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 88% go on to attend college, while another 9% 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  $150,000.00
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, 96% 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, 88% 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  $101,000.00
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; 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.

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
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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

  • Austin Prep
  • Brooks School
  • Central Catholic
  • Groton School
  • Noble & Greenough
  • Notre Dame Cristo Rey
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Pingree School
  • Presentation of Mary
  • St. John's Prep.
  • Merrimack College
  • Merrimack College’s Stevens Learning Center
  • MSPCA Nevins Farm
  • Lawrence YMCA
  • Music Clubhouse
  • Math Counts
  • Invention Convention
  • Geography Bee hosted by the Lawrence Public Library.
  • Merrimack Valley Catholic Basketball League.
  • City of Lawrence Parks & Recreation Office
  • Mary Immaculate Nursing Home
  • Cor Unum Meal Center
  • Lawrence Community Boating
  • Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center
  • Lawrence Cultural Council
  • WorldCom Exchange, Inc.
  • Merrimack Valley Striders
  • Feaster Five Road Race
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • uAspire
  • Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Lawrence Public Schools and USDA Free & Reduced Lunch Program
  • Common Sense Media
  • Families First

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 11
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. Don Bulens
Board Chair Company Affiliation President and CEO, Unidesk Corporation
Board Chair Term Sept 2014 - June 2018
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
Ms. Ajita Bhat Retired Voting
Mr. Firdaus Bhathena President & CEO, Ziptr, Inc. Voting
Mr. Don Bulens President and CEO, Unidesk Corporation Voting
Ms. Emma Campbell No Affiliation Voting
Ms Jocelyn Cascio Intel Voting
Ms. Julie DiFilippo Head of School, Bellesini Academy Exofficio
Mr. Larry Dube Vice President, PLM Strategy Voting
Mr. Larry Dube PCL Associates, Inc. Voting
Mr. Ron Duchene CEO of Auburn Systems Voting
Ms. Susan Eliasen Retired Teacher 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. Irene Lattanzio Retired Voting
Ms. Mitzi Lawlor Managing Partner at D’Alelio Management Co, LCC Voting
Dr. David McGrath DVM Veterinarian & Owner, Wignall Animal Hospital Voting
Ms. Lillian Miller Faculty, Brooks School Voting
Ms. Lillian Montalto Real Estate Broker Voting
Mr. John Schutz Pres/CEO, Cabot Stains (Retired) Voting
Ms. Sheila Serrao Retired Teacher Voting
Ms. Joann Kalogianis Spaneas CEO/Owner of Land & Sea Real Estate 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 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$208,000 $521,842 $795,640
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $2,209,747 $292,320 $295,378
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $22,675 $19,263 $20,017
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,151 $1,245 $1,406
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $134,850 $62,355 $65,313
Revenue In-Kind $208,614 $182,763 $137,505
Other $8,599 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,088,401 $966,537 $886,849
Administration Expense $75,922 $71,538 $49,150
Fundraising Expense $220,926 $178,736 $149,514
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.02 0.89 1.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 79% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 20% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $4,560,047 $3,151,773 $3,362,154
Current Assets $2,253,658 $763,351 $864,718
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $58,651
Current Liabilities $65,568 $65,681 $80,388
Total Net Assets $4,494,479 $3,086,092 $3,223,115

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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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 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $1,831,695.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 34.37 11.62 10.76

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 2%

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. 

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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 88% go on to college, while another 9% 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.  

 


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: 88% of alumni have gone on to attend college, with another 9% 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 began admitting girls in the fall of 2015, beginning with one class of 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.