Operating in the middle of a large, subsidized housing project in Ward 5 where students typically perform in the lowest quartile on standardized tests, Beacon House creates a culture of self-discipline and academic success for its children. It offers one-on-one, back-to-basics, math and reading for 1st to 8th graders, and has had a dramatic impact on academic performance: over the course of the school year reading and math skills improve by an average of two grade levels. Nutritious meals are offered along with homework help, tutoring in core subjects, and a healthy portion of athletics, recreation, and the arts. During the summer, a low-cost camp combines learning and ... fun. Beacon House also teaches job readiness skills to teenagers and each year helps some 30 high school seniors graduate on time and gain admission to one or more colleges, universities, and professional schools. A thriving program that has a positive impact on hundreds of young people each year, Beacon House merits your enthusiastic support.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 5; Edgewood Terrace

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: Noyes Elementary; Shaed Elementary; D.C. Preparatory Academy Public Charter; Spingarn HS; Dunbar HS; Coolidge HS; McKinley Tech ; Cardozo HS; High Road Public Charter; Hope Community Public Charter School; William E. Doar Public Charter School

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Beacon House is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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