St. Martin De Porres Academy
208 Columbus Avenue
New Haven CT 06519
Contact Information
Address 208 Columbus Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519-
Telephone (203) 772-2424 x
Fax 203-772-2425
E-mail development@saintmartinacademy.org
Web and Social Media
Saint Martin de Porres Academy is located on Columbus Avenue in the Hill section of New Haven
Mission
Saint Martin de Porres Academy is a faith-based, NativityMiguel middle school that provides a tuition-free, extended day education for underserved girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area. We are an independent Catholic school committed to a belief in the dignity and worth of every person and striving to provide each child with a promising start in life and to equip them to fulfill their academic potential while achieving spiritual and social maturity. We welcome children of all faiths, races, and cultures.

Our Vision: The vision of Saint Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of generational poverty through education and opportunity. Our goal is to provide urban boys and girls the opportunity to choose a quality education that will allow them to live up to their full potential. At the Academy, we promote more than academic excellence - we cultivate personal responsibility, social skills, and leadership, balanced with a strong spiritual foundation and a recognition of the need to serve others.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Allison Rivera
Board Chair William T. Kosturko
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Saint Martin de Porres Academy is a faith-based, NativityMiguel middle school that provides a tuition-free, extended day education for underserved girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area. We are an independent Catholic school committed to a belief in the dignity and worth of every person and striving to provide each child with a promising start in life and to equip them to fulfill their academic potential while achieving spiritual and social maturity. We welcome children of all faiths, races, and cultures.

Our Vision: The vision of Saint Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of generational poverty through education and opportunity. Our goal is to provide urban boys and girls the opportunity to choose a quality education that will allow them to live up to their full potential. At the Academy, we promote more than academic excellence - we cultivate personal responsibility, social skills, and leadership, balanced with a strong spiritual foundation and a recognition of the need to serve others.
Background

The mission of the Saint Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of poverty through education AND opportunity.

In 1994 a group of business people came together to improve outcomes for economically disadvantaged urban young people. After an eight year experience of seeing countless students who were unable to pay the very modest tuition of the Catholic elementary school where they volunteered, they envisioned opening a private, tuition-free middle school for underserved, low-income children from the New Haven area. The journey began with the initial idea in 2003 and came to fruition with the opening of Saint Martin de Porres Academy in September of 2005.

Our goal is to provide urban boys and girls the opportunity to choose a quality education that will allow them to live up to their full potential. We promote more than academic excellence; we cultivate personal responsibility, social skills, and leadership that are balanced with a strong spiritual foundation and recognition of the need to serve others.

As a Nativity model school, all students attend on scholarship. Families make a commitment of time and pay a modest monthly activity fee, but 95% of our operating revenue comes from donations, grants and fundraising events. Each student receives a $16,000 scholarship, which represents the cost of their 10-hour extended day and 11-month extended year education.

In June of 2013, the Academy received full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Independent Schools and was highly commended for our “remarkable dedication to providing high quality education to an impoverished student population.”

In July 2017, thanks to the generosity of current and former board members as well as several long time friends of the Academy, we were able to purchase of the school’s existing building and surrounding properties on Columbus Avenue in New Haven, securing a permanent home in the Hill Neighborhood.

 

Impact

Top 5 Accomplishments:

 

  • Over the past five years, our school family has grown from 56 middle school students and 50 graduates to 66 middle school students and 145 graduates.
  • 90% of our high school graduates attend private college-preparatory high schools, including Hopkins School, Hamden Hall Country Day School, Sacred Heart Academy, Mercy High School, Lauralton Hall, Fairfield Preparatory School, Notre Dame High School, and Xavier High School.
  • We continue to celebrate a 100% high school graduation and 97% college acceptance rate. Our graduates are succeeding at colleges and universities across the United States, including Princeton University, Elon University, Howard University, Quinnipiac University, Sarah Lawrence College, Villanova University and Fairfield University.
  • June of 2017 saw the fruition of our 12-year commitment to our first class of students who graduated from colleges across the Northeast and beyond. SMPA graduates are 2.2 times more likely to earn a higher education degree in 4 years than Connecticut public high school graduates; and 3.7 times more likely to earn a degree in four years than their economically disadvantaged peers are in six years.
  • Our Graduate Support team helped our students to earn $475,000.00 additional dollars in scholarship and financial aid from colleges and universities.

 

Top 4 Goals:

 

  • Continue to achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and work with our students to ensure that they have every opportunity to attend the post secondary education that best fits their needs and interests
  • Create new relationships with colleges and universities
  • Invest in technology and social media to stimulate and invigorate our fundraising efforts
  • Secure more dollars for college gap funding and to help meet the ever rising costs of tuition for our graduates.

 

Needs
Top 5 Needs:
  • Graduate Support
  • Scholarship Support for our Middle School Students and Graduates
  • Internships and Job Placement for our Graduates
  • Development & Marketing
  • Capacity Building/Infrastructure
CEO Statement
SMPA is a faith-based, NativityMiguel middle school providing tuition free, extended day education for under-served girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area since September 2005.  An independent Catholic school committed to a belief in the dignity and worth of every person, we strive to provide each child with a promising start in life and to equip them to fulfill their academic potential while achieving spiritual and social maturity.  We welcome children of all faiths, races, and cultures.  Students attend school 10 hours a day, 11 months of the year.  Indeed, our students are in school approximately 50% more hours a year than students in public schools; and our attendance rate is 97%.  This rigorous academic schedule is complemented by a holistic co-curricular program that includes mandatory instrumental music, study hall, individual tutoring, as well as a diverse range of cultural enrichment programs, performing arts, and athletics. Students benefit from a 1:10 teacher to student ratio.  Upon entry into the Academy, 80% of our students are below grade level.  We have intentionally kept the school small because most of our population comes from very difficult socio-economic circumstances and needs the attention that is only possible in a small nurturing environment.  Using Federal Poverty Guidelines, virtually all of our students are economically disadvantaged.  SMPA provides two healthy meals a day, along with two healthy snacks.  While 47% of our students are living in single parent homes, parental involvement is mandatory and substantial: Parents are required to be present at all SMPA functions.  One unique aspect of SMPA is our Graduate Support Program (GSP) in which we mentor,advocate for, and provide tuition support for our students in high school and then on to college.  The GSP provides a wide variety of services – all geared towards a mission of ensuring our current students and alumni succeed in school and are prepared for college and work. Services offered include: tutoring; support and advocacy for students applying for private/preparatory high schools; and support and advocacy for students applying for college.  It is important to note the support provided is more than just educational; our staff also serve as guidance counselors, and provide emotional support for those students who may be overwhelmed with the experience of attending schools in which they will be economic and racial minorities.
 
Allison Rivera, President 
Board Chair Statement

I’ve had the opportunity to work with any number of volunteer organizations throughout my career and am currently actively involved in four organizations. My involvement with Saint Martin de Porres Academy has been one of the greatest leadership challenges I’ve undertaken, either in business or in the non-profit world. I joined the Board in 2010 and was elected Chairman in September 2014. My primary focus, and the focus of the Board itself, has been on the long-term sustainability of the school. As such, we have spent the past two and half years shoring up and broadening our fundraising efforts and also strategically examining the work that we do and building a strategy for our continued future success.

Our Strategic Planning efforts of the last six months have emphasized certain elements of board governance as essential to our success in the future. Our ad hoc Governance Committee has recognized that, in view of the school’s dependence on private donations and the lack of reliable institutional or governmental support, our financial sustainability efforts must be board -driven. Consequently, the school must pivot from its historic reliance on the founders and charter board members as its primary source of support and recruit new board members with the capacity to enhance our financial sustainability efforts. Further, the school must develop new techniques, such as greater reliance on technology and social media, to broaden its support base among a younger generation of donors. This will take time, but we have mapped out a pathway to attain these results.

I believe the Strategic Plan that we are now finalizing and which will go to our Board of Trustees for approval in May is a sound plan that will provide the framework for the next few years as we build our internal capacity to fulfill our mission to break the cycle of generational poverty through education and opportunity. Everyone who is involved with SMPA lives that mission daily in a more hands-on fashion that you find in most nonprofit organizations.

In addition to my role as Board Chair, I coach the girls’ varsity basketball team. I present the scholarships to every middle school student each August. I meet with our graduate students and their families to discuss their personal hopes and aspirations and award them scholarships to area high schools. I work with our families to help them complete financial aid packages for college. And sometimes, I’m just the very tall man with whom a 5th grader with behavioral issues must speak at the end of the day.

I witness almost daily the impact that SMPA has on the lives of some of this community’s poorest children. I witness them blossom from timid 5th graders to 8th graders who are poised and eager to enroll at rigorous college prep high schools in communities often far removed from their own personal experiences. It’s a transformational experience for our students and a transformational experience for me personally. Quite frankly, it is the most rewarding volunteer experience I’ve ever had, and so many of our Trustees feel the same way because we see the results every single day.

We are closing in on the 12-year commitment we made to first 5th grade class, the Class of 2017, the year they will graduate from college. From Kahdeem Cohen who will be graduating from Princeton with a degree in engineering, to Maria Gant, who is graduating with a degree in International Relations from Elon to Alexandria Doyles at St. Michaels College who will graduate with a degree in psychology, we have seen these children blossom into scholars and future leaders. We hope that they choose to give back to their communities, working to break the generational cycle of poverty, one precious child at a time. Whatever path they choose, we want them and all our students to have the skills they need to navigate the challenging world they face.

Sincerely,

William T. Kosturko

Chairman, Board of Trustees

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas Served
New Haven
West Haven
East Haven
Branford
Hamden
Milford
Programs
Description

In order to provide the necessary support and structure for our students, we provide a holistic, trauma-informed education. Our school model: a small class size (15-19 students with two teachers per classroom), an 10-hour extended school day and an 11-month extended school year, two healthy meals and two healthy snacks every day, and required family commitment. Our students are in school 50% more hours than their public school years. We are proud of our 97% attendance rate.


Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Examples of our success include:
-a 97% attendance rate
-a 100% high school graduation rate
-20-30 of our high school graduates return each day to participate in Evening Study
-our graduates are 2.2 times more likely to graduate in 4 years than their peers in 6 years.  
 
Description From 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, students have an hour of homework time either in small groups supervised by a teacher or individually with a tutor. Next, students participate in enrichment programs offering a wide spectrum of supplementary instruction, as well as clubs and other activities. This supplemental education enriches student’s educational journey, accelerates learning, and improves educational outcomes.  
Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description The Graduate Support Program assists 7th and 8th grade students with application and acceptance to highly-rated secondary schools and financial aid planning. Students are followed throughout high school and beyond. Over four years, 90% of our graduates are currently enrolled in private college preparatory high schools such as Hopkins, Fairfield Prep, Westover, Sacred Heart Academy, Notre Dame, Mercy, Kolbe Cathedral, Xavier, and The Milton Hershey School. The others are enrolled in regional technical schools, or have elected to go to a comprehensive public high school or a magnet or charter school. 
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / At-Risk Populations / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description

The Academy’s Extended Day Program is held 4 days a week, consisting of exploratory activities in 4 categories: service, intellectual, athletics and arts. A minimum of one activity from each programming component is required by the end of the school year. This encourages students to explore new areas that they might not initially be comfortable with. A pass/fail grading system for activities is based on attendance, behavior, cooperation and participation. Any student who does not pass their activity will not be given credit towards their requirement. 

Our extended day activities provide creative, enriching, and fun learning experiences encouraging students to make positive choices at a critical stage in their development. Athletic events with local schools help develop a healthy spirit of competition while promoting good sportsmanship. Classes in chess, drama, or cooking help students explore new avenues of self-expression. Clubs such as the girls’ empowerment group address the challenges facing pre-adolescents focusing on topics relevant to their changing lives that include: identity, drugs and alcohol, and peer pressure. Cultural field trips, social awareness education, community service and recreational activities foster a sense of community.

The extended day program is vital to our mission to prepare each student for college prep high school and college education, and ultimately to succeed in life. It broadens the academic curriculum by giving each child a continuum of experiences that will help them to build upon their strengths. 

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
CEO/Executive Director
Allison Rivera
Term Start July 2010
Email president@saintmartinacademy.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 83
Number of Contract Staff 16
Staff Retention Rate 50%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 11
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 mixed
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 20
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Jay Bowes Sept 2005 - June 2010
Senior Staff
Title President
Title Principal
Title Director of Operations
Collaborations
We are reliant on several partnerships and collaborations in fulfilling our
mission. 
• Close affiliations with the 12 private high schools our students attend:
Fairfield Prep, Hamden Hall, Hopkins School, Kolbe Cathedral, Mercy High
School, Notre Dame High School, Oxford Academy, Sacred Heart Academy, Simsbury High School’s ABC Program, Westover School, and Xavier High School;
• Work closely with the AmeriCorps Mission Volunteers through whom we
have eight Teaching Fellows;
• Ongoing working relationship with the Graduate School of Education at
Fairfield University, which does most of our teacher training and development;
• Pathfinder (Breakthrough New Haven) Program at Hopkins School, with whom our new
teachers work in their six week summer program;
• Albertus Magnus College, Notre Dame High School, and Lauralton Hall,
which run summer enrichment programs for our students;
• New Haven Land Trust and Greenspace New Haven which assist in our
Community Garden and our planting and environmental efforts at the
Academy;
• Rotary International (and local Rotaries) which collaborates on running our
Interact Club;
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Greater New Haven2005
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) 2013
Board Chair
William T. Kosturko
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Sept 2014 to Sept 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Jay Bowes St. Martin de Porres Academy
David P. Brown Brown & Knapp LLC
Hart Caparulo
Rita Castelot Community Volunteer
Leo Connors Merrill Lynch
John Crawford Community Volunteer
Robert Curis Notre Dame High School
Robert Davis
Sarah Davis
Timothy W. Donahue Donahue, Durham & Noonan, P.C.
Mike Dowley Community Volunteer
Liz Fisher International Festival of Arts and Ideas
Julius Friese MBI, Inc.
Eugene W. Harris Eugene W. Harris & Company Wealth Management
Ronald LaMorte
Gloria Lee Southern CT State University
Patricia A. Mason Community Volunteer
Sr. Mary A. McCarthy RSMMercy High School
Paul Morris Community Volunteer
Sandra Nelson Community Volunteer
David I. Newton
Sr. Sheila M. O'Neill ASCJ, PhDSacred Heart Academy
Barbara Pearce H. Pearce Company
Allison Rivera St. Martin de Porres Academy
Dan Rubino Town Fair Tire
Mary Ellen Ryder Community Volunteer
Brian P. Skinner Waddell & Reed
Mary E. Stone-Schwab M.D.
Paul Sullivan Jr.Sullivan & Griffith, LLP
Gerald A. Whittaker Whitt-Accounts, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 27
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 13
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Finance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31 2018
Projected Revenue $1,473,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,616,050.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
2010-11 Brochure2010View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,081,474$1,043,272$1,091,288
Government Contributions$52,890$46,702$41,974
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$52,890$46,702$41,974
Individual Contributions--$93,917$22,695
------
$66,733$57,676$64,307
Investment Income, Net of Losses($83)($1,037)($368)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$240,090$188,942$178,506
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--$34,475($15,637)
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,108,614$1,051,035$1,168,644
Administration Expense$205,773$167,582$162,899
Fundraising Expense$148,950$147,448$46,903
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.071.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%77%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%11%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$614,685$649,825$702,109
Current Assets$188,081$193,382$197,873
Long-Term Liabilities$4,406$17,471$108,799
Current Liabilities$61,326$58,735$105,308
Total Net Assets$548,953$573,619$488,002
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Seedlings Foundation $50,000Town Fair Tire $90,800
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Lewin Family Foundation $32,100The Larry McCurdy Foundation $31,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $31,471NewAlliance Foundation $25,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.073.291.88
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%3%15%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted.
To raise the balance of the monies needed to pay off the mortgage on the recently purchased school and adjoining property; remediate the property and build an athletic field; and perform repairs to the school building we now own.
Goal $1,200,000.00
Dates Sept 2017 to Dec 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
One of our biggest challenges is keep up with the continually rising costs of tuition and find new ways to support our graduates throughout high school and college. To that end, one of the largest line items on our budget is to cover scholarship assistance for our 145 alumni in high school and in college. Any surplus in our budget builds a cushion to be used for this purpose and for unexpected building maintenance and repairs. 
Foundation Staff Comments
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Address 208 Columbus Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
Primary Phone 203 772-2424
CEO/Executive Director Allison Rivera
Board Chair William T. Kosturko
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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