Who We Serve

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Bellesini Academy serves 60 boys and 60 girls in grades 5-8.  In addition, Bellesini offers support services to 175 alumni and 30 alumnae.  Bellesini admits students of all faiths who reside in Lawrence and qualify for the Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Program. With an average annual income of just $38,175, Bellesini families fall well below the Federal Lunch Program limit of $52,614 for a family of five. 81% of students are Latino, 5% are Black, 3% Middle Eastern, 7% Asian, and 4% Caucasian. 59% of Bellesini students are Catholic, with the remainder representing a variety of faith traditions. 33% of students were born in a foreign country, including the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Peru, Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Congo, Brazil, Cambodia, Uganda, and Lebanon. English is a second language for 82% of our students, and 74% of students live in homes where English is not spoken. 65% of students reside in single parent households.

The educational background of our parents demonstrates a need to focus on academic readiness and parent education.  The average age of our 5thgraders’ parents is just 32 years—many became parents while still in their teen years.  40% of Bellesini parents attended school in the United States.  38% have completed high school and 18% have their GED. 14% have only completed 8th grade.  Just 16% went on to receive some level of post-secondary training. 28% are unemployed.

The Academy’s long term relationship with its students and their families is one of the most important reasons why Bellesini students achieve success.  Beginning when students arrive as fifth graders and continuing on through eighth grade, high school, and college, Bellesini staff and faculty work closely with students and parents in order to ensure that each student will reach his full potential and stay on track to attend a private preparatory high school and eventually earn a four-year college degree.  And while Bellesini is a tuition-free school, all parents are required to invest in their child’s education by volunteering through the Academy’s parent partnership program.  Parents contribute a total of more than 2000 volunteer hours to the school annually.