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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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Meet the Class of 2018!
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Join us for our 12th Annual Symposium on Race and Class in Education on Friday, October 20th!
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Beacon AcademyFriday, August 11th, 2017 at 2:42pm
The Martha's Vineyard Times covers Beacon Academy alumni this August!
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Beacon AcademyMonday, August 7th, 2017 at 7:39pm
The Class of 2018 has returned from the Vineyard! #favoriteshot #morephotostocome
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Beacon Academy updated their cover photo.Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 6:57pm
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Beacon Academy added 3 new photos.Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 5:31pm
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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 …

Beacon Academy Alumni Awarded College Scholarships

On Thursday, February 25, Rachel Kalombo (Beacon Academy ’12, Newton Country Day School ’16) and Shaina Omoroghomwan (Beacon Academy ’12, Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay ’16) were awarded Light of Dawnn Scholarships for college.  At the event, they were interviewed by …

Essays from the Class of 2016

Each winter, as Beacon students send off their applications to schools, we are overwhelmed by the maturity and depth of their application essays, which both confront and celebrate the various challenges and experiences they have faced before and since coming …

A Legacy of Change

Zenobia Houston, Beacon Academy ’14, Fryeburg Academy ’18, won an essay contest on the life and legacy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a memorial ceremony held at the Hebrew College honoring twenty years since his assassination. Zenobia received her award …

A Reflection on “A Look Behind the Scenes”

Last month, Beacon volunteers and champions gathered to hear reflections from Boston Public School leaders Sarah White Smith and Teresa Rodriguez for a discussion about the challenges facing BPS and the students they educate.  Polly Frankel, a coach at Beacon, …

Beacon’s Broader Impact

Award-winning producers Dr. Frances Hurley and Katie Toumlin are bringing Beacon Academy to thousands of professors and teachers around the country via Cengage Learning. Their film crew captured Beacon’s teachers’ expertise in action, to help pre-service teachers better understand real-world …

Facts and Figures

Ever wish you could talk about Beacon like a professional grant writer? Now’s your chance!  Read this excerpt from a recent application from our fabulous Foundations Officer Lisa DiAdamo and sound like a pro: Beacon Academy’s mission is to change the …

The Beginning of a New Life

College Essay Jessica Maldonado, Beacon ’11, Commonwealth School ’15, Brandeis University ’19 I vividly remember my mom arguing with the coyotes when we were about to cross the river. It was early in the morning and tall weeds surrounded us. …