St. Martin De Porres Academy
208 Columbus Ave
New Haven CT 06519
Contact Information
Address 208 Columbus Ave
New Haven, CT 06519-
Telephone (203) 772-2424 x
Fax 203-772-2425
E-mail info@saintmartinacademy.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Our 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 St. Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of poverty through education. 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 John Crawford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $1,349,570.00
Projected Expenses $1,336,835.00
Statements
Mission Our 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 St. Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of poverty through education. 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 St. Martin de Porres Academy is to break the cycle of poverty through education. In 1994 a group of business people came together to improve opportunities for urban young people. After an eight year experience of seeing countless students who were unable to pay the very modest tuition of the elementary school, they envisioned opening a private, tuition-free middle school for at-risk, low-income children from the New Haven area. The journey began with the initial idea in 2003 to the first day of school in September of 2005. 

Today, 60 fifth to eighth grade students are enrolled, and the Academy has been granted the status of “Recognized Candidate for Accreditation” by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges’ Commission on Independent Schools. We currently have 64 graduates in high school, 18 of who are rising college freshmen.

The mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education by addressing educational disparity by increasing quality education opportunities for children from Connecticut’s lowest income families, thus making them competitive for admission to college and universities.  
Impact
Top 5 Accomplishments:
  • 100% Student Retention in High School (0% Drop Out Rate) 
  • 80% of our  graduates in grades 9-12 are in Private Schools
  • 100% of our High School graduates are pursuing higher education.  14 of those are attending four-year colleges, and one is at Princeton!
  • We have recently received full institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • 2 Teachers participating in our Extended Service Teacher Preparation Program (funded by the CFGNH) - enrolled in Master's of Education Program at Fairfield University 
  • Overall growth on standardized tests
 
Needs
Top 5 Needs:
  • High School Scholarships
  • Musical Instrument Donations
  • Internships for our Graduates
  • Transportation Needs
  • Facilities Updating: Building maitenance; no gym or field space; paving of drive-way
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 850 hours a year more 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 1:7 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 60% 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

Since 2005, St. Martin de Porres Academy has been providing a family-oriented atmosphere for boys and girls who come from challenging backgrounds and are at risk in our community. Our school is based upon a Jesuit model for 5th to 8th graders which uses a 10-hour school day and an 11-month school year to play a meaningful role in the academic and spiritual life of our children. Our Board of Trustees play a vital role in our innovative learning community. They guide our school in helping secure more resources, opportunities and choices for our students' futures.

John Crawford, Board Chair
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas Served
Branford
Hamden
New Haven
West Haven
East Haven
Programs
Description

In order to provide the necessary support and structure for our students, our school model is: small class size, an 10-hour extended school day, an 11-month extended school year, 90 minutes of reading per day, two healthy meals and two healthy snacks every day, and mandatory parental commitment. Our students are in school an average of 24 hours per week or 850 more hours per year than their public school peers and our attendance is 97%.

Each student attends five 70-minute classes daily. Reading, writing, math, social studies and religion meet 5 times weekly; all other class meet between 3-4 times weekly. 5th & 6th graders have more time devoted to math and reading allowing students time to devote to these subjects and teachers’ time to work individually with students. Other subjects include art, music, and a foreign language. Each student is required to participate in cultural enrichment activities, an extended day program, summer school and summer camp. 

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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 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, 80% of our 64 graduates are currently enrolled in private college preparatory high schools such as Hopkins, Fairfield Prep, Westover, Sacred Heart Academy, Notre Dame, Mercy, Kolbe Cathedral, 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 16
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 60
Staff Retention Rate 50%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 27
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Other
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 27
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Jay Bowes Sept 2005 - June 2010
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;
• 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;
• St. Brendan’s Church in providing residence for 13 staff members. 
Board Chair
John Crawford
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Sept 2011 to Sept 2014
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Jay Bowes St. Martin de Porres Academy
Br. James Branigan SCSNotre Dame of West Haven
David P. Brown Brown & Knapp LLC
John R. Bubello Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
Rita Castelot Community Volunteer
Leo Connors Merrill Lynch
Timothy W. Donahue Community Volunteer
Marjorie Dorr Community Volunteer
Mike Dowley Community Volunteer
John Farrell Community Volunteer
Liz Fisher International Festival of Arts and Ideas
Julius Friese MBI, Inc.
Robert Gifford MDCommunity Volunteer
Eugene W. Harris Eugene W. Harris & Company Wealth Management
John Kelly DMD, MDCommunity Volunteer
Chris Komanetsky Anthem
William T. Kosturko Community Volunteer
Gloria Lee
Kim Malcolm Community Volunteer
Patricia A. Mason Community Volunteer
Sr. Mary A. McCarthy RSMMercy High School
Patricia L. McDermott CTFAUS Trust
J. Michael McHugh Community Volunteer
Paul Morris Community Volunteer
Sandra Nelson Community Volunteer
Sr. Sheila M. O'Neil ASCJ, PhDSacred Heart Academy
Barbara Pearce H. Pearce Company
Mary Pepe Community Volunteer
Allison Rivera St. Martin de Porres Academy
Mary Ellen Ryder Community Volunteer
Ilene Saulsbury Community Volunteer
John C. Skelly Community Volunteer
Brian P. Skinner Community Volunteer
Paul Sullivan Jr.Sullivan & Griffith, LLP
Gale Tirrell Community Volunteer
Dr. Nadia Ward M.Ed., PhDThe Consultation Center
Gerald A. Whittaker Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 33
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 16
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)
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2013
Fiscal Year End July 31 2014
Projected Revenue $1,349,570.00
Projected Expenses $1,336,835.00
Spending Policy N/A
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
From 9902009
Form 9902008
FY20072007
Audit Documents
Audit FY122012
Audit FY112011
Audit FY102010
Audit FY092009
Audit FY082008
Audit FY072007
IRS Letter of Exemption
501c3 Letter
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 Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$905,061$865,418$727,465
Government Contributions$415,145$419,205$373,463
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$415,145$419,205$373,463
Individual Contributions------
------
$46,043$50,397$63,214
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,598$165($200)
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$117,169$98,288$57,817
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$1,270,795$1,006,138$1,013,240
Administration Expense$121,135$103,201$128,863
Fundraising Expense$93,596$84,413$64,885
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.201.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%84%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%6%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$665,485$581,119$380,681
Current Assets$207,351$281,519$142,482
Long-Term Liabilities$66,929$13,880$42,806
Current Liabilities$40,834$10,261$20,618
Total Net Assets$557,722$556,978$317,257
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTown Fair Tire Foundation $60,000Town Fair Tire Foundation $91,734Greater New Haven Performing Arts Center $19,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLouis Calder Foundation $60,000Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation $50,000NewAlliance Foundation $15,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $43,199The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $42,858The NY Community Trust $15,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.0827.446.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%2%11%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
One of our biggest challenges is finding ways to continue to support our graduates in high school, and as they prepare to go to college. To that end, one of the largest line items on our budget is to cover scholarship assistance for our 64 alumni in high school and in college.
Foundation Staff Comments
This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 208 Columbus Ave
New Haven, CT 06519
Primary Phone 203 772-2424
CEO/Executive Director Allison Rivera
Board Chair John Crawford
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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