New Beginnings Inc Family Academy

  • New Beginnings Inc Family Academy serves 497 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 12% (which is lower than the Connecticut state average of 46%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 24% (which is lower than the Connecticut state average of 57%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • New Beginnings Inc Family Academy placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Connecticut for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the Connecticut state level of 12:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Connecticut state average of 46%.

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School Overview

  • New Beginnings Inc Family Academy's student population of 497 students has grown by 5% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 21 teachers has declined by 38% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students497 students
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Total Classroom Teachers21 teachers
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School Comparison

  • New Beginnings Inc Family Academy is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 956 schools in Connecticut (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 14:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of New Beginnings Inc Family Academy is 0.53, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CT)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#874 out of 956 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
12%
46%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
24%
57%
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Student : Teacher Ratio24:112:1
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Hispanic
35%
25%
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Black
59%
13%
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White
3%
54%
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Two or more races
3%
3%
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Diversity Score0.530.64
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Eligible for Free Lunch
85%
31%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
5%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameNew Beginnings Inc. School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CT Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

  • The nearest high school, middle school and elementary school to New Beginnings Inc Family Academy is Great Oaks Charter School (0.0 miles away)
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School Reviews

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New Beginnings Family Academy has undergone a plethora of change over the past year. Our academic performance was what I have understood to be comparable to our surrounding schools. This measuring stick was not acceptable, as our surrounding schools perform at levels unworthy of praise. If our school continued on its beaten path, closure would have been inevitable.In 2004-2005, our school board made drastic changes which involved staffing, leadership, and the curriculum. Initially, the board, parents, staff, and leaders were torn over their difficult but necessary measures. Change is never easy and these changes divided our school community and affected the morale of students, parents, leaders, and staff alike. Parental involvement declined. The turn over in staff and leadership affected many on a personal level. It was often difficult to see that the changes were about the education of our children and not our personal feelings and relationships with our educators.Many, including myself, criticized the manner in which these decisions were executed. We lacked understanding regarding the confidential matters leading up to their “shake up” of our school. In retrospect, they were difficult and necessary changes. I commend our board for what in retrospect was an unenviable act of courage and responsibility to our children.Our new principal, Wilson Willard III, comes to us from the prestigious W.E.B Dubois Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio. His reputation for academic excellence precedes him. He had taken a comparable school in his former district and turned it into the academic powerhouse that all children deserve. Willard has the challenging and baffling task of restructuring our school’s academic performance and renewing our school spirit and morale. In a matter of months, he has set the standard for what we foresee as a successful academic plan. His untraditional methods and willingness to think outside of the box are clearly evident and encouraging. He grounds his decisions and plans in research, fact and appears to make things practical. He is holding all parties accountable for their role in educating our children. Willard holds our children and educators equally responsible for academic excellence.Parental involvement is increasing and trust in our educators is also on the rise. I believe that New Beginnings Family Academy has reached a crossroads and is on the right path. Soon, a seat in our school will be coveted and sought after by many.The opportunity for involvement in music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities are limited. Those activities that are available are being granted upon each student’s ability to prove that he or she can read, write, and perform mathematics at or above grade level.There was a point in which I was uncertain that I would make a recommendation to this school. Currently, I am confident to recommend New Beginnings Family Academy to all.
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