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Beacon Academy serves low-income students living in Boston and surrounding urban areas. Most (80%) of our students’ families live below the poverty level and the remainder of them live just above it. They don’t always have money for food, often experience instability in their housing, and are plagued by job insecurity. Of our 247 graduates and 22 current students, 57% are Black, 28% Hispanic, 9% Biracial, 3% Caucasian, and 3% Asian. 140 are female-identifying and 129 are male-identifying. Most students become the first in their families to finish high school or complete college, and many break multi-generational cycles of teenage parenthood and adult poverty. In short, Beacon students represent the most underserved Boston residents; yet they have the grit, talent, and determination to change the trajectory of their lives.


Beacon Students Win Scholastic Writing Awards!

Congratulations to this year’s winners of Scholastic Awards for Writing! In true Beacon spirit, the essays are personal, authentic, and moving. They capture the resilience and intellect of these wonderful young students who are now poised to become important voices in their high school communities. Thanks to Beacon’s generous supporters, the school is able to offer small classes and a rigorous writing curriculum designed to provide students with the skills to emerge as powerful writers.

Jennifer Vega Gold Key and American Voices Nominee for “I Didn’t Know What She Looked Like” 

Genesis Valdez Gold Key for “Taken for Granted

Muhammad Abdur-Rahman Silver Key for “Four Seasons Back

Yeabsira Gugssa Silver Key for “That Man Will Become Stronger

Albert McField Silver Key for “The Thing I Never Understood

Valerie Rosario Honorable Mention for “Feathers

Ibrahim Sidow Honorable Mention for “Journey to a Hard Life

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. The awards are given through the Massachusetts affiliate partner, The Boston Globe“The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program has been part of The Boston Globe’s commitment to the community for decades, and to the development, education, and well-being of young people in Massachusetts. Thanks to support from the Boston Globe Foundation, the Scholastic program introduces the Boston community to a new generation of young artistic talent.”

We are excited to share each students’ essay following the Scholastic National Awards final decisions in March!