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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

Reflections from Peter Gammons

We Need Beacon

At Spring Celebration this past Sunday, we were honored with the presence of legendary sports writer, Peter Gammons. His reflection on Beacon is printed in full below.

Peter seen here with Beacon Academy’s Board Chair Pam Dickinson. After Pam spoke, Gammons declared that her speech should “be devoured by all.” We have reprinted her words here.

Peter Gammons writes:

Iashi Stephens will soon graduate from American University, and move on to a life significantly contributing to all our lives. I thought a lot about her Sunday night at the Beacon Academy’s Spring Celebration, an event to savor what two remarkable people named Cindy Laba and Marsha Feinberg have done in building what may be the most significant educational program in Boston’s oft-forgotten inner city and honor our extraordinary friend Pam Dickinson, who is retiring from more than a decade as the school’s chair.

When Iashi was graduating from The Holderness School and interviewing with us at The Foundation to be Named Later for help in the form of a Gammons Scholarship we asked about her experience going from an urban childhood to the 14-month Beacon program to a small private school in Northern New Hampshire.

She frankly admitted the transition was, at times, difficult, that she was one of four or five African-Americans at the school. Asked how he adapted, she said, “we organized groups of students to meet, discuss our differences and what we had in common. It became common practice for us to meet, talk and openly discuss every issue. It was a process, a learning and growing experience.” Then she traced it to her 14 months at  Beacon Academy, where she learned to embrace diversity.

Beacon’s 14-month program for inner city eighth and ninth graders prepare them for secondary, private education, often schools whose student bodies are privileged. For someone who grew up in such a privileged environment, it is a strain to comprehend how well these young people can make such a cultural and social transition, succeed and move on to American University or Georgetown. They do, because of the intense Beacon education and transition and all that is done to comprehend the privileged life before they begin their three or four-year experience at St. Paul’s or St. George’s, Groton or Holderness or Andover or Noble and Greenough.

Perhaps the highlight of Sunday’s celebration was the speech by Dennishia Bell, a member of the first Beacon class, who with two masters degrees is now a member of the Beacon Board of Trustees.

I am proud and honored for my association with Paul, Theo and Saskia Epstein, Allyce Najimy and Pam Dickinson, especially for an understanding of Beacon’s goals and success. In a time when politics are dominated by divisiveness, we need Beacon, and everything this academic, social lighthouse represents. I will follow Ms. Stephens, and all she offers our future.