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Brooke School Foundation

 190 Cummins Highway
 Roslindale, MA 02131
[P] (617) 325-7977
[F] --
www.ebrooke.org
[email protected]
Hagar Berlin
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INCORPORATED: 2002
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 30-0015324

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA Edward W. Brooke Charter School
Brooke Charter Schools
The Brooke
Brooke Charter Schools Network
Former Names Edward W. Brooke Charter School (2010)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Brooke Charter Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools in Boston. Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education to students that will ensure that they are prepared to attend and succeed in college and beyond. We achieve this goal through a relentless focus on great teaching, which we define as challenging students with rigorous instruction, knowing students through individualized support, and fostering a culture that reveres teaching and strives for continuous improvement.

Mission Statement

Brooke Charter Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools in Boston. Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education to students that will ensure that they are prepared to attend and succeed in college and beyond. We achieve this goal through a relentless focus on great teaching, which we define as challenging students with rigorous instruction, knowing students through individualized support, and fostering a culture that reveres teaching and strives for continuous improvement.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $37,624,827.00
Projected Expense $37,832,164.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Associate Teacher Program
  • Brooke High School

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Overview

Mission Statement

Brooke Charter Schools is a network of high-performing public charter schools in Boston. Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous public education to students that will ensure that they are prepared to attend and succeed in college and beyond. We achieve this goal through a relentless focus on great teaching, which we define as challenging students with rigorous instruction, knowing students through individualized support, and fostering a culture that reveres teaching and strives for continuous improvement.


Background Statement

Named after the late Senator Edward W. Brooke, the first African American popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, Brooke Charter Schools has achieved exceptional results for historically under-served students. Since 2002, Brooke has grown from a single site school to a network of four schools that serves 1,740 students from Boston and Chelsea. Initially founded as a middle school by Jon Clark (current Co-Director of Brooke Charter Schools) and Brett Peiser (current CEO of Uncommon Schools), the original Brooke campus in Roslindale quickly became one of the highest performing Kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) schools in Boston. Following a legislative lift to the charter cap in 2010, Brooke expanded, opening two additional K-8 campuses: Brooke Mattapan in 2011 and Brooke East Boston in 2012. In August 2016, Brooke opened its first high school (currently operating in a temporary space in Dorchester while we construct a new, state-of-the-art facility in Mattapan) with a founding class of ninth graders fed from our K-8 schools.

Impact Statement

Brooke scholars have set a new bar for what is possible at an urban public school. Our K-8 achievements make our schools collectively the highest performing non-exam schools in Boston. We are also encouraged by the outcomes Brooke High achieved in its founding year. On their first-ever high school MCAS assessment (in biology), 99% of our ninth graders met or exceeded expectations, making Brooke High the highest performing school in the state! We are proud to have achieved these results with a student population that comes from historically underserved communities. Nearly 89% of our students are Black or Hispanic and 49% are economically disadvantaged (78% qualify for free or reduced price lunch).

Thanks to our students’ achievements, Brooke has been recognized locally and nationally. In June 2017, Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes released a report, Charter Management Organizations 2017, analyzing the performance of the top 286 Charter Management Organizations in the country. Among these, Brooke had the biggest measurable impact on math and reading achievement for its students. Following the release of 2016 assessment data, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recognized Brooke as a Commendation School for high achievement and progress. Journalist Richard Whitmire highlighted Brooke on the74million.org and in his book, The Founders. We are most humbled, however, by the number of educators eager to learn from our approach; last year, Brooke hosted 1,094 instructional visitors (including teachers, school leaders, and district administrators), and had over 1,500 users access our online educational content.
 
Brooke students will not just close the achievement gap; they will shatter it, outperforming Massachusetts' wealthiest districts for a spot in the state's top five districts.

Needs Statement

Brooke High - Capital & Program Support
Brooke aims to be the number one, open-enrollment public high school in Boston and we are building a new, state-of-the-art high school for our scholars. We are actively raising funds for this capital campaign and for start up operating expenses, including our rigorous AP for all approach and college access and persistence programming.

Computer Science Program Support
Brooke requires that all scholars in kindergarten through high school receive computer science instruction. We are seeking partners to invest in our scholars’ computer science education, which will enable them to become the diverse, dynamic leaders of tomorrow.

Associate Teacher Program Support
Brooke’s Associate Teacher program is a residency-based learning model and is a critical way we diversify our teaching force and ensure great teaching across our campuses. More than 50% of associates become lead teachers each year - funding for this initiative will increase the number of new teachers we can recruit and train.

Volunteer Support
Brooke needs passionate volunteers to support our work, including: board members, volunteers for events like Book Club and Service Day, mentors for computer science and FIRST robotics, and career speakers for scholars planning their futures beyond Brooke.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods

We educate traditionally underserved students in the Boston area. Primary sending neighborhoods include: Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, East Boston and Chelsea.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
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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

Associate Teacher Program

The Associate Teacher Program is a residency-based learning model designed to train and prepare future lead teachers at Brooke.
 
Associates are paired with mentor teachers and receive intensive professional development including weekly seminars focused on the fundamentals of classroom management, daily observations of highly skilled teachers, and frequent coaching conversations. Associates begin with nearly a month of full-time professional development, and, once school starts, they spend most of their time observing lead teachers and slowly take on an increasing amount of classroom management. By the spring, adequately progressing associates teach for a full period each week. Associates receive frequent, direct feedback in their near daily coaching conversations with their mentors, and they also receive formal evaluations at the end of each month based on detailed rubrics that outline essential skills and a mastery timeline.   
Budget  $1,149,500
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Student achievement will benefit from increased adult attention and 1:1 support during the school day. 
Program Long-Term Success  This program is designed to provide an intensive one-year fellowship in which novice teachers are trained in becoming high-performing Brooke lead teachers. 
Program Success Monitored By  Professional development, real-time feedback, observations by superiors, data analysis, mentor teacher support
Examples of Program Success  Brooke hires more than 50% of its associates to become lead teachers each year. As a result, one-third of our teaching force and three of our current instructional leaders are former associates. Our associate teacher program is a critical component in our efforts to diversify our teaching force, and is also one way that we ensure great teaching at all of our campuses - in fact, lead teachers who completed Brooke’s associate teacher program historically outperform those who did not. Part of the program’s success is due to the Brooke Associate Teacher Scholarship, which is a $12,000 award available to associates who can demonstrate financial need.

Brooke High School

For the past 15 years, Brooke Charter Schools has focused on preparing students in our three kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) schools in Roslindale, Mattapan and East Boston to succeed in high school. Year after year, Brooke scholars have achieved excellent results, outperforming their peers in Boston public schools and the better-resourced suburban communities. In August 2016, we were thrilled to respond to parents' request that we open a high school to ensure that Brooke scholars are prepared for college and beyond. Brooke aims to be the state’s number one, open-enrollment public high school. We have anchored our high school model with:
 
- High standards: Brooke has developed a rigorous set of standards designed to reflect Advanced Placement (AP) and SAT benchmarks, with especially high expectations for writing proficiency.
- Demanding course offerings and graduation requirements: Brooke High School (BHS) will offer a college preparatory curriculum requiring students to complete at least two AP classes (passing at least one exam) and a mandatory three-year computer science sequence.
- Advisory program: Brooke’s advisory system creates small communities wherein staff are assigned 10-15 scholars with whom they meet daily for 40 minutes. Advisors track their advisees’ progress and serve as a hub for parent communication.
- College planning: With leadership from the Director of College Counseling, advisors will also support scholars in their college planning process. Advisory groups will visit colleges and participate in regular sessions focused on college information and character education.
- Enrichment opportunities: Scholars graduating from BHS will have completed extracurricular requirements including sports, clubs and community service. We will offer a diverse slate of choices in the arts, music, athletic and academic pursuits with initial programs including debate, FIRST robotics, swimming, and track.
 
Rather than executing a high school program that sorts students into various tracks, Brooke High School seeks to realize a leveling culture of academic excellence and achievement wherein all of our scholars will have competitive, high quality college options from which to choose.
 
Budget  4,500,000
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
- Maintain less than 10% student attrition at Brooke High School annually

- 100% of Brooke High School scholars complete three AP courses by graduation (and 75% of students score a 3-5 on at least one AP exam)

- 100% of students rate proficient or higher on the 10th grade English Language Arts and Math MCAS assessments

- 100% of Brooke High School students exceed city of Boston and Commonwealth of MA SAT averages

- 95% of Brooke scholars in our founding class graduate from high school (60% will graduate from Brooke High School and 35% will graduate from other high schools)

- 90% of Brooke High School graduates matriculate into four-year colleges 
Program Long-Term Success 

- Reach full enrollment for Brooke High School by the 2022-2023 school year

- 70% of Brooke High School graduates complete college within six years of high school graduation.
Program Success Monitored By 
College enrollment and attrition numbers.
Student and staff surveys. 
Examples of Program Success  Cohorts of Brooke graduates will obtain higher degrees in six years or less. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jon Clark
CEO Term Start Aug 2001
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Jon Clark, Network Co-Director, Operations

B.A., Oberlin College

Mr. Clark founded the original Brooke Roslindale middle school in 2002, and he served as school principal until 2011. Currently, he serves as Network Co-Director. Before coming to Brooke, he was a founding teacher at South Boston Harbor Academy (now Boston Collegiate Charter School) where he also served as math department chair for four years. Mr. Clark also taught junior high school math for two years in Belle Chasse, Louisiana and worked as a researcher for a professor of International Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Clark was a 1992 Teach for America corps member.
Co-CEO Ms. Kimberly Steadman
Co-CEO Term Start Aug 2006
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Kimberly Steadman, Co-Director 

B.A., Harvard College;J.D., Harvard Law School; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Kimberly joined the Brooke staff in 2004 to serve as a lead teacher, math teacher, and professional development coordinator.  She then spent the next school year planning and founding the elementary school, which opened in August of 2006.  Prior to joining Brooke, she worked as a 5th grade teacher for the Chelsea Public Schools and as a 4th grade teacher in Washington, DC.  Kimberly was a 1997 Teach for America corps member.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Hagar Berlin Chief Development Officer

M.A. in Education, Stanford University; B.A. in English, Wesleyan University

Hagar joined as Brooke's new Chief Development Officer in September 2017. Hagar has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership and fundraising experience, focused entirely on programs that provide high quality education interventions for students from low-income communities. Most recently, Hagar served as the Vice President of Development for Reading Partners, a national literacy program, where she oversaw the effort to raise more than $25 million annually. Before joining Reading Partners, Hagar was the Executive Director of Summer Search San Francisco and, before that, she was a Development Director for Jumpstart's West Coast region. She has an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.

Ms. Kimberly Steadman Network Co-Director, Academics

B.A., Harvard College; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ms. Steadman joined the Brooke staff in 2004, where she served as a lead teacher, math teacher, and professional development coordinator. She then spent the next school year planning and founding the original Brooke Roslindale elementary school, which opened in August of 2006. Ms. Steadman served as elementary principal from 2006 until 2011; during which she also taught third and fourth grade reading, third grade math, and sixth grade math. Prior to joining Brooke, she worked as a fifth grade teacher for the Chelsea Public Schools and as a fourth grade teacher in Washington, DC. Ms. Steadman was a 1997 Teach for America corps member.

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

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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 220
Number of Part Time Staff 25
Number of Volunteers 75
Number of Contract Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 43
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 6
Caucasian: 154
Hispanic/Latino: 26
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 176
Male: 43
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
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 Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Scott Oran
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dinosaur Capital Partners
Board Chair Term May 2011 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. LaRoy Brantley Meketa Investment Group, Inc. Voting
Mr. Jon Clark Brooke Charter Schools Exofficio
Mr. Alex Finklestein Spark Capital Voting
Ms. Lauren Kushman Independent Consultant Voting
Mr. Charles H. Ledley Highfields Capital Management Voting
Ms. Devita McConnell Office of the Chief Legal Counsel Voting
Mr. Scott Oran Dinosaur Capital Voting
Mr. Thomas O'Rourke Bain Capital Voting
Mr. Trevor Rozier-Byrd State Street Bank and Trust Company Voting
Ms. Kimberly Steadman Brooke Charter Schools Exofficio

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: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 88%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $5,388,012 $1,046,083 $1,546,473
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,591,637 $1,718,453 $1,815,535
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $207,719 $207,719 $207,719

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $2,739,940 $2,130,721 $1,548,670
Administration Expense $883 $2,632 $1,654
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.62 1.39 2.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $32,028,520 $26,469,291 $30,311,511
Current Assets $32,028,520 $26,469,291 $30,311,511
Long-Term Liabilities $10,665,896 $11,422,858 $16,688,949
Current Liabilities $4,391,710 $2,522,064 $1,937,095
Total Net Assets $16,970,914 $12,524,369 $11,685,467

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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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 --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To secure permanent facility space for new Brooke High School campus.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates July 2016 - June 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.29 10.50 15.65

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 33% 43% 55%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s, which reflect the Brooke School Foundation's data only. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
The audited financial statements posted above are combined audits and reflect both the Brooke Charter Schools and the Brooke School Foundation.

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