BENEFITING: Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
ORGANIZER: Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
EVENT: Big D Gives
The Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute (Beacon Hill) concept began in the summer of 2003 when Charnella Derry (our current Executive Director) and Stephanie Lilly were trying to meet the needs of their own children—between their families they had 6 children at various grade levels. The two women were college roommates and graduates of Texas A&M University and both had a passion for supplemental education. They both came from families of educators and had been taught that education had to start at home and end in school and they wanted to give their children's teachers something to build on. After each family tried and used various accelerated programs, they decided (with teachers’ encouragement) to pass on to other families the lessons they had learned.
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute (Beacon Hill) evolved into a non-profit in 2006 and our first partnership formed: Beacon Hill provided staff and volunteers, Mountain View College provided space, and Gideon Math and Reading offered their quality curriculum focused on students in South Dallas, but extending to the Metroplex.
These days we are motivated by hearing students say "Oh! I see!" We see how their attitudes change after being around parents and students with the same goals and drive—to graduate and live meaningful, productive lives. It is amazing to see their quiz and test grades improve, report card grades change, and STAAR scores improve—“commended” scores are a real reason to celebrate! It is always on our minds that if we had not caught this child, “What road would they be on now?
- In-school tutoring at 10 Elementary school campuses;
- After-school tutoring at Concord Church Learning Center (Pre-K-12th grade)
- Enrichment programming (all ages)
- Parent Prep Acadamy (all parents)
- College Prep Program (9th-12th grade)
- Summer Bridge Program (all ages).