Educational Institutions

Serviam Girls Academy, Inc.

Educating, Inspiring, Transforming

New Castle, DE

Mission

Serviam Girls Academy is a tuition-free, independent Catholic middle school in the Ursuline tradition for young women of all faiths from low-income families. Serviam empowers students to succeed in high school and become leaders who serve their families and the needs of society through a dynamic academic program and the development of the whole person in an atmosphere of respect and responsibility.

Notes from the Nonprofit

In 2008, a set of doors opened a world of opportunities to a group of middle school girls and their families, nurturing talent that would otherwise have gone untapped. Serviam Girls Academy was founded on the belief that the larger community would be willing to support a school where income would not interfere with access to an exceptional education, and where life's circumstances do not diminish a child's ability to reach her full potential.
Ten years later Serviam Girls Academy's students are thriving. Over 98% of Serviam alum have or will graduate on time from high school, compared to a state average of 81%. Over 80% of our alums are enrolled in college. Our “formula" is simple; our practices are referenced in most urban education research -- extended day and year; small class sizes; strong support community; access/exposure to new opportunities; hallmark graduate support program.
The model works; girls are empowered to discover their gifts and lead, all on a shoestring budget.

Ruling Year

2007

President

Ms. Peggy Prevoznik Heins

Principal

Ms. Kate Lucyk

Main Address

14 Halcyon Dr.

New Castle, DE 19720 USA

Keywords

DE, girls' education, Nativity Miguel school, extended school day and year, enrichment, graduate support

EIN

26-0792594

 Number

6130198968

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Serviam Girls Academy seeks to redress the inequities in the education system, particularly for the under-resourced communities in New Castle County, DE. Among Serviam’s current students, 85% qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program and 73% come from single-parent or guardian households. The majority reside in the poorer areas of Wilmington--a city which earned the nickname “Murdertown, USA”- and have limited access to safe, quality education, resulting in an educational divide between themselves and their more affluent peers. Further, typical of children from similar demographics, many of our students have limited opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities and develop healthy lifestyle choices, serving to only deepen the achievement gap. Rich on potential but short on opportunity, Serviam students need a safe place to develop, learn and grow.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Serviam Girls Academy

Educating, Inspiring, and Transforming

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam relies on amazing and dedicated volunteers who perform a wide array of necessary jobs. Please note volunteers are counted by academic year.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam relies on amazing and dedicated volunteers who perform a wide array of necessary jobs. Please note volunteers are counted by academic year.

Number of new donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam Girls Academy is 99% donor funded. Because of our diverse and devoted base of supporters, Serviam continues to change the trajectory of girls’ lives. 

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam Girls Academy is 99% donor funded. Because of our diverse and devoted base of supporters, Serviam continues to change the trajectory of girls’ lives. 

Number of Active Donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam Girls Academy is 99% donor funded. Because of our diverse and devoted base of supporters, Serviam continues to change the trajectory of girls’ lives. 

Number of Gifts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam Girls Academy is 99% donor funded. Because of our diverse and devoted base of supporters, Serviam continues to change the trajectory of girls’ lives. 

Percentage of Retained Donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Serviam Girls Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Serviam Girls Academy is 99% donor funded. Because of our diverse and devoted base of supporters, Serviam continues to change the trajectory of girls’ lives. 

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Serviam seeks to combat the poverty and the accompanying educational inequities in our community by providing a safe and nurturing academic environment. Unfortunately, access to quality education -- an education that provides the skills needed to succeed in life, instills a desire for life-long learning, and empowers a child to find her passions and pursue her dreams -- is often not afforded to those who struggle economically. Serviam Girls Academy seeks to level the playing field, educating the whole child and providing access to opportunities that might otherwise not be available to our students, many of whom may be the first in their family to pursue higher education. An educated and empowered child grows into an informed and involved citizen and leader of her community.

Serviam Girls Academy is a tuition-free middle school steeped in the Ursuline tradition that provides a personalized, academically challenging education for low-income girls in northern Delaware. Based on the successful NativityMiguel model, SGA offers-a rigorous and relevant core curriculum, a comprehensive athletic and enrichment program, and a graduate support system that continues through high school and beyond. Dedicated teachers, administration, and staff foster a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere during the 10 hour extended school day that runs from September to June as well as during Serviam’s trademark summer program that completes its full 10.5 month school year. Our programming and services nurture social, emotional, and physical health and well being. It empowers girls to become confident leaders. Within this model, classmates become sisters, teachers become mentors, and classroom materials become the roots of lifelong lessons, opening doors that may otherwise be unknown.

Serviam Girls Academy provides this exceptional education to New Castle County's underserved girls tuition-free. Serviam employs a dedicated, professional, mission-driven faculty and staff that work tirelessly to instill the high standards expected from our student body. We are governed by a highly skilled, professional board. We enjoy a dedicated and generous community who, since inception in 2008, has donated 98% of its operating budget, $9.2 million in total to date. Almost 100% donor driven without a guaranteed funding stream -- without tuition, state or federal funding, or a parent or alumnae base to support the school -- Serviam raises over $1 million annually from individual donations (~52%), corporations and foundations (~28%), and events (~19%). Additionally, strong partnerships with local businesses and corporations provide much needed in-kind services and donations that extend these hard earned dollars even further.

Progress is best defined by the student achievement. On average, students enter Serviam scoring at or below grade level on standardized tests, and graduate scoring 1-2 grade levels above. Serviam measures student progress by rate of growth -- are students meeting their projected growth goals? Finally, progress is measured by the number of students who graduate from high school on time (99%), pursue higher education (80%) or training, and eventually, transition to the workforce. Less tangible but equally important indicators of progress, Serviam students and alumnae stand out for their drive, character, confidence and acumen, prepared to overcome obstacles knowing they are supported by a strong sisterhood.Finally progress can be measured by the breadth and depth of community support that donates over $1 million annually and dedicates thousands of hours of volunteer time.

Almost 12 years ago, Serviam founders had the audacity to believe that the larger community would be willing to provide for all children what they themselves provided for their own -- a quality education designed to prepare their children for high school, college and the workforce. They designed a school to operate almost exclusively on the largess of the community. Now celebrating our 10th anniversary, Serviam proudly educates 60+ middle school girls and supports 75 alums, 99% of whom have, or on track to graduate from high school on time, 80% of whom are enrolled in college. Serviam continues to raise $1 million each year from you, the community. The program continues to grow and inspire; the community continues to support an ideal where income will not interfere with access to an exceptional education. Serviam will continue to recruit new supporters in order to open its doors to educate and support new scholars that they may find their potential and bloom.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Serviam Girls Academy educates girls from low-income families and neighborhoods. Over 96% of the student body are females of color. Their religious and cultural practices are as diverse as their personalities! Over 64% of our all female staff are women of color, ranging in age from late 20's to 60. Our backgrounds are equally diverse. Further, Serviam is intentional about providing opportunities for our students to meet leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, particularly women, many of whom serve as additional role models for the girls. Serviam Girls Academy's Board of Directors continually seeks a diverse composition. While successful on some fronts, the Board of Directors continues to pursue avenues for identifying qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds, particularly as related to race and ethnicity.