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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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TeeJay's South Africa Reflections

Day 1

We got off of the first flight to London and we were headed towards another flight for 11 hours to Johannesburg. It was going to be a long flight and we were all going to be tired.
The first day in South Africa we came to the Hertford Hotel for an hour and left for the Botanical Garden. When we got there, the waterfall was beautiful and magnificent. It was almost like a sanctuary. We then climbed the side of the waterfall to the top of the mountain. It was a tiring hike, by it was worth it because at the top we had the most beautiful view. I was in a trance because everything was just right there in front of me and it was beautiful.

Day 2
Today was amazing. First off, I got kissed by an elephant. We went to an elephant sanctuary and we got to feed, pet, and get kissed by elephants. The elephant's kiss felt like a prickly, and slimy suction cup. We also got to see cheetahs, servals, and different types of vultures at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center. We saw cheetahs the size of an adult human while sitting up, a caracal that can jump as high as 3-3.5 meters, and vultures that can fly as high as a commercial airline and see something on the ground the size of a matchbox. I was truly fascinated, and surprised by what some of the animals can do. We've only been here for 3 days and the days just keep getting better. Who knows we might pet lions because it's just something you can expect to do here in South Africa.
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Angelica's reflection after meeting her South African pen pal in person: "Getting to meet my penpal and being able to visit a primary school painted with bright eyes and smiles is a memory that I hold dear to my heart. The happiness that radiated off of the children at school made me happy, and it made me realize that life isn't what you are presented with, it's what you make of it all. Some of the kids we saw were in some of the hardest predicaments I've ever seen, but you would never know through the smiles they gave us all. It was also an amazingly inspiring and eye-opening experience once we got to The Kliptown Youth Program. Some of the kids shared with us that they wanted to become things like surgeons and social workers which once again goes to show that once you have your own beacon of light within yourself, even the darkest forces can never bring you down. The Gumboots dancers also put on a performance for us all which was also inspiring. They told us that all the hard times and struggles that were visible on the outside of the room where they danced wasn't who they were, but the vivacious, happy, and loving people who were dancing before us was their true selves. They also reminded us that no matter what situation we are in, or no matter what for that matter, to always keep a bright smile on our faces and find our happiness. Like them, I always find my beacon of light where ever I may be and whatever situation I find myself in, but they emphasized to me the reason why. We strive to find these beacons of light so that they can take us places we would never see ourself and the light within ourselves makes all the difference."
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Beacon Academy added 16 new photos.Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 6:08pm
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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
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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!

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. …

Dennishia – Spring Celebration 2017 Speech

Beacon Academy founding class member, Dennishia Bell (’06) is off to an incredibly bright start. She will be graduating this year with two masters degrees and has been selected as the first Beacon graduate to join the Board of Trustees. Dennishia’s grace, …

Pam Dickinson – Spring Celebration 2017 Speech

Brilliance from the Board  We remain deeply inspired by the words of retiring Board Chair, Pam Dickinson, in her keynote speech at Beacon Academy’s Spring Celebration this past Sunday, May 7, 2017. Please read on to hear her words, which famed …

Class of 2017: High School Placements!

We’ve combined the exciting news of high school placement with photos of Beacon’s co-curricular program. Our activities outside the classroom prepare our students for success in independent schools by increasing their cultural fluency and ease in social situations. These photographs depict …

Current Students Receive Scholastic Writing Awards

Karim Monroe, Kamaru Oseni, and Kashetu Oseni were all just awarded Scholastic Writing Awards! Karim won a Silver Key for his memoir, and Kam and Kash won honorable mentions for their short fiction and poetry respectively. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards …

Lighthouse Philanthropy Workshop

On Saturday, February 25th, Beacon Academy is hosting an all-day young professional’s workshop on urban educational challenges and philanthropy. This full day experience will convene 20 energetic and socially minded young professionals for an information and skill-building workshop to deepen their understanding …

Alumni Giving Back – Angel Escalante

Angel Escalante, a 2011 Beacon grad and a sophomore at Plymouth State University, is gearing up for a semester abroad. Angel will be heading to FH Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany in March. Since he has some time before he embarks, Angel …

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.  While the road ahead is tough, they are …