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Beacon Academy, an extra year of school between 8th and 9th grades, prepares smart, hard-working and kind urban students for success in independent high schools. It is the first school of its kind in the country.
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Beacon AcademyMonday, November 20th, 2017 at 4:03pm
Know a prospective student for Beacon? Join us for our Open House on 12/1 and sign up here!
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Beacon AcademySunday, November 12th, 2017 at 1:09pm
Alumni Homecoming @ Bella Luna
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Beacon AcademyTuesday, November 7th, 2017 at 9:39pm
Join us for our Open House on Friday, December 1st! Prospective students, nominating organizations, and individual nominators are highly encouraged to attend at Temple Israel. Learn more about what it takes to get into Beacon.

To sign up for the Open House, please RSVP here:
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Beacon AcademyThursday, October 26th, 2017 at 9:47pm
Here's what participants in Beacon's 12th Annual Symposium on Race and Class in Education had to say about the event. We thank all for their candor, thoughtfulness, and bold approach to tackling these subjects.
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Beacon Academy added 60 new photos — at Beacon Academy.Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 1:53pm
Educators and champions of equity joined together on October 20th, 2017 at Temple Israel for a full day of dialogue around race and class.

An informative panel discussion, community forum, and a number of workshops were hosted by Beacon Academy.

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Beacon AcademyMonday, October 16th, 2017 at 12:27pm
Our very own Rebecca Forrester, Beacon's College Advisor, makes a visit to Buxton to see our graduates thriving in the beautiful town of Williamstown.


Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 1:33pm
We had a great time at the Lilla G. Frederick High School fair today signing up prospective students with Beacon graduates Iashai and Angelica! beaconboston photo
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 11:56am
Over 38 independent schools and 90 total organizations attended the Symposium on Friday. Photos: beaconboston photo
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 9:54pm
We hope you can join us for the Symposium! See you all tomorrow morning ☺️ beaconboston photo

Mid-Year Reflections

Fresh from break, our current Beacon class has gotten back to work. Not only do they have a rigorous few months of schoolwork ahead – deadlines for high school applications are here. d67ecbbc-43a8-43b3-b2e9-87717a5046fc

While the road ahead is tough, they are prepared. The first months at Beacon have armed them with the skills and determination they need to power through. As Davida Wright says, “It’s not getting easier, it’s just feeling more normal.”

Davida admits that her attitude wasn’t great at the start of the year. But the supportive, yet tough, nature of her teachers has helped her be open to criticism so she can improve. “Now I want more constructive criticism because I want to become better,” she says.

c2cb52dc-a13f-4ed8-b901-83996f6d8f42Jerry Lamothe, one of Davida’s classmates, has also seen some changes in himself over his time at Beacon. In addition to learning the importance of planning, he says he has never felt more serious about his education.
“I knew getting a good education is important, but I never really took the time to think about what I should do to get me to where I want to be in life,” Jerry says. “Beacon changed that.”

Equipped with their new skills and perspectives, Davida and Jerry are charging into their last few months with us. Both have goals of good grades and acceptance into their preferred schools, but each of them also has personal goals with which they know Beacon can help.
For Davida, it’s all about being proud of the time she’s spent here. “I need to make sure I look back and see that I’ve done what I need to do and I’m happy.”

And for Jerry, it’s about becoming a better version of himself. “I hope to become a better person. Not really change who I am. But to know who I am, and to be a kinder person.”

Davida, Jerry, and the rest of the Class of 2017 have high goals for themselves and each other. We know they’ll make us proud.