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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 Academy added 8 new photos from July 1.Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 1:55pm
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Beacon Academy added 2 new photos.Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 6:37am
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Beacon Academy added 9 new photos.Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 3:59am
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Beacon Academy added 6 new photos.Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 7:00pm
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Beacon Academy added 10 photos and a video.Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 9:26am


Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 2:12pm
"In a time when politics are dominated by divisiveness, we need Beacon." A reflection from our good friend @pgammo:
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at 6:08am
Spring Celebration 2017 - wow! Thanks to our incredible guests for their generosity & belief in our students, alumni & mission. beaconboston photo
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 10:32pm
Spring Celebration was one for the record books this year with so many friends, including @PamDickinson2 our visionary Board Chair! beaconboston photo
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 4:17pm
Thanks to our good friend @pgammo for honoring us with his presence and kind words at our Spring Celebration: beaconboston photo
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 1:55pm
Thanks to Ambassador Kurt Jaeger of Liechtenstein for visiting Beacon yesterday!

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.