Grantee Highlight – Beacon Academy

March 6, 2014 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

If your 8th grader is at an underperforming school, how do you prepare her for success at a competitive, independent high school and later in college?

For 19 urban youth each year in the Boston area, one answer is Beacon Academy.

Learn more about Beacon Academy in this video.

The only independent school of its kind in the nation, Beacon Academy adds a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, hard-working students. Inspired by a challenging curriculum and stimulating co-curricular experiences, students learn vital academic skills and develop habits of mind that empower them to change the trajectory of their lives. Rigorous academics and empowering experiences enable Beacon Academy students to change the trajectory of their lives.

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Photo courtesy of Beacon Academy

The Beacon Academy 14-month school year begins with five weeks of summer school made up of intense academic work, daily homework, exercise and field trips. In September, academic work focuses on honing writing skills, reading comprehension, and math. In most cases, students acquire the equivalent of more than two years of math and language skills. Throughout the year, numerous cultural opportunities for students help to enhance their social skills and bolster their confidence.

Beacon provides an Alumni Program that includes: 1) scheduled alumni events, 2) an emergency fund to assist with costs for items not covered by scholarship dollars, and 3) ongoing teacher contact.

In return, alumni give back to the Beacon community by returning to discuss, process, and share their independent school experiences with current students.

Alumni Snapshot

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Photo courtesy of Beacon Academy

  • 147 graduates since the Academy’s founding in 2005
  • 99% have graduated from more than 60 high schools
  • 90% of high school graduates are enrolled at morethan 50 colleges, (others have enrolled in the armed forces)
  • Collectively, Beacon alumni have earned over $29 million in scholarship dollars

Since 2007, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has provided $55,000 to Beacon Academy.

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