Why BAA's High-Needs Students Need and Deserve Your Support

At BAA and BAAF, we believe that talent is equally distributed throughout the City of Boston, but opportunity is not. 17% of BAA's 477 artist-scholars have a documented disability, which may include a specific learning disability, emotional impairment, health impairment, communication, or sensory challenges. In addition, up to 35% of BAA's freshmen enter BAA reading below grade level. Many students struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Contributions to the Boston Arts Academy Foundation Endowed Fund for Full Inclusion from friends like you will ensure that high-needs BAA students acquire the knowledge, skills, and support they need to share their talents with the world. This includes graduating from high school and being accepted to college.

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Inclusion at Boston Public Schools*

As of October 1, 2019, about 11,465 students aged 3-21 with disabilities (21% of total enrollment) are enrolled in special education programs in BPS, of whom 51% are educated in fully inclusive settings (spend 80% or more of the school day with their general education peers).

*Source: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/

Students with Documented Disabilities

About the Full Inclusion Fund

BAAF has proudly launched the Boston Arts Academy Foundation Endowed Fund for Full Inclusion in Honor of BAA, Anne Rogers Clark, and Sean Quinn Curran. This campaign will raise $500,000 from July 6 - October 31, 2020.

Over 10 years, contributions to this fund will be fully spent to provide targeted interventions, professional development for faculty and clinicians, as well as classroom-based support. This is a "spend-down" fund at the discretion of BAA's Head of School and the President of BAAF.

Full Inclusion Includes You!

We invite you to make a contribution that is meaningful to you to support BAA's commitment, as a full inclusion school, that all students, regardless of handicapping condition or severity, learn in a regular classroom or program. Return to the campaign homepage to make your gift today.

Join the Full Inclusion Fund Host Committee

Campaign Chair, Pamela D.A. Reeve

Current Host Committee Members are listed on website homepage

Members of the Host Committee commit to donating or securing $10,000 or more to support the BAAF Fund for Full Inclusion.

  • Campaign pledges must be made between July 6 - October 31, 2020 and may be paid off over up to four fiscal years (July 1 - June 30).
  • Host Committee members assist with introductions to and solicitations of individual donors.
  • Host Committee members will be recognized on a plaque in the Head of School's Suite in BAA's new school building at 174 Ipswich Street. The new school building will open for students in January 2022.

 

To learn more about the Full Inclusion Fund Host Committee, please contact Denella J. Clark, President of Boston Arts Academy Foundation, at dclark@baafdn.org or (617) 650-3434.

Fund Honorees

Anne Rogers Clark,
Boston Arts Academy Head of School

"As both an educator and a parent of a child with a disability, I understand what it means to help a child with different abilities navigate through school, find their strengths and feel empowered to talk about where they need support. I understand what it feels like to sit on the other side of the table at an individualized education program (IEP) meeting, trying to navigate a highly logistical and legal process. And I understand, from personal experience, that what parents and caregivers want most from a school community is the sense that their student is known, understood, and championed. As a parent, you want to feel like your child's school believes in your student's potential-what they can do, not just what they can't do.

The purpose of BAAF's Full Inclusion Fund is to make sure BAA will always be a caring and supportive community for all of its students. That's why it's so important, and why my family and I are proud to support it."

Sean Quinn Curran,
Boston Arts Academy Foundation Board Secretary & Co-Chair of the Building Our Future Campaign

"My sister Christine had Down Syndrome. The professionals who supported her helped her to live a fruitful life, including graduating from a public high school in 1989. Christine's life inspired my sense of duty and purpose. She's an example of what is possible when a community works to lift people up.

BAAF's Full Inclusion Fund is part of the Building Our Future Campaign-BAAF's six-year, $32 million campaign to augment BAA's budget and build long-term sustainability. This fund will raise $500,000 to be spent over 10 years to ensure that BAA's faculty and staff can fully support students with disabilities. This is not only moral and just; it is also cost effective.

Students who succeed in the world add to our quality of life as they make meaningful contributions to society.

I think all schools and educators must ask two fundamental questions: 1. Is the dignity of this child and their future important to us? 2. If so, have we created a space for them to succeed regardless of their limitations?

Clearly, BAA has answered "yes" to both questions. I invite you to join Anne Clark's family and mine in proudly supporting BAAF's Full Inclusion Fund."

About Boston Arts Academy (BAA)

Boston Arts Academy, a pilot and full inclusion school within Boston Public Schools, is a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation. BAA's diverse students stay in school and benefit from a rigorous dual arts and college preparatory curriculum taught by award-winning faculty. For six consecutive years, at least 97% of BAA's graduating class has been accepted to college. Some are the first in their families to achieve this milestone.

As the city's only public high school for the visual and performing arts, BAA creates opportunities that would not otherwise be available to its primarily low-income students. In its 22 years, BAA has been recognized as a leader in arts education by the President's Council on the Arts and Humanities, the GRAMMY Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Education Policy Center.

About Boston Arts Academy Foundation (BAAF)

The Boston Arts Academy Foundation (BAAF), an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1999 to raise essential funds for BAA. BAA's conservatory-style education, STEAM (STEM+Art), and extensive supports that help our students achieve their full potential, continue to depend on the generosity of individual and institutional donors. BAAF augments the school's budget and builds long-term financial sustainability to ensure that BAA's growing student body becomes successful artists, scholars, and citizens.

Questions You May Have

What is the Full Inclusion Fund's Goal?

The Boston Arts Academy Foundation Endowed Fund for Full Inclusion in Honor of BAA, Anne Rogers Clark, and Sean Quinn Curran will raise $500,000 from July 6 - October 31, 2020. Contributions to the Full Inclusion Fund from friends like you will ensure that high-needs BAA students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to share their talents with the world. This includes graduating from high school and being accepted to college.

How is the Full Inclusion Fund's Endowment Safeguarded?

BAAF uses Rockland Trust as its investment manager. Based in Rockland, MA, Rockland Trust is a commercial bank that serves Southeastern MA, Coastal MA, Cape Cod, and Boston's MetroWest. The bank provides investment policy development investment management, custody and donor advised funds. The bank's CEO, Chris Oddleifson, is a member of BAA Foundation's Building Our Future Campaign Cabinet.

How Does BAA Help Students with Documented Disabilities to Achieve Their Full Potential?

BAA's goal is to empower students to understand their strengths and their challenges while advocating for their needs. Assistance is provided to students with documented disabilities to meet their needs and help them to achieve their full potential:

  • All BAA students participate in Advisory, a weekly full inclusion session when a staff member and a small group of students provide social/emotional support and guidance to each other.
  • Some participate in counseling groups.
  • Some work with a special educator from the Learning Center to achieve specific goals.
  • Some participate in additional support classes on Saturdays and in the summer, including Summer Reading and Summer Math.
  • Some have one-on-one counseling at school.
  • Some have a reduced schedule to support their social/emotional needs.
  • A few students receive highly specialized instruction to help them achieve their full potential.

How Is BAA Working with Students with Documented Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

BAA follows guidance from the CDC, City of Boston, and State of Massachusetts regarding safety and education. Boston Public Schools (BPS) closed all district school buildings, including BAA, in mid-March. BAA successfully began to offer online education in mid-March 2020, which will continue through summer 2020. In August 2020, BPS will educate families about new policies and schedules and determine how many BPS students will return to school in person. BPS and BAA will provide extra help for students with disabilities and other unique learning needs, while balancing health and safety concerns.

Source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/09/metro/boston-schools-look-more-room-with-plans-6-feet-social-distancing/?s_campaign=breakingnews:newsletter

How Can I Learn More and Donate Now to the Full Inclusion Fund?

Donations of all sizes are welcome and make a difference. Return to the campaign homepage to make your gift today. To learn more about the Full Inclusion Fund Host Committee ($10,000 or more), please contact Denella Clark, President of Boston Arts Academy Foundation, at dclark@baafdn.org or (617) 650-3434.

How Will My Contribution to the Full Inclusion Fund Be Recognized?

Host Committee members who commit to donate or secure commitments of $10,000 or more for the Full Inclusion Fund from July 7 - October 31, 2020 will be recognized on a plaque in the Head of School's Suite in BAA's new school building at 174 Ipswich Street. The new school building will open for students in January 2022.

All donors to the Full Inclusion Fund will be recognized in BAA's online donor honor roll online and in the campaign honor roll in BAAF's 2021 Annual Report.

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