Serviam Girls Academy, Inc.

Educating, Inspiring, Transforming

Wilmington, DE   |  www.serviamgirlsacademy.org

Mission

Cultivating the potential of young women through a challenging, holistic education rooted in the Ursuline tradition.

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 info

2007

President

Ms. Peggy Prevoznik Heins

Principal

Ms. Altina Herbert

Main address

900 N Washington St.

Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

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EIN

26-0792594

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Serviam Girls Academy

Serviam Girls Academy provides an academically challenging and holistic education to 60 under-resourced middle school girls, grades 5 - 8, through an extended day and year program. Serviam also supports its graduates through college.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Serviam Girls Academy is the only private school accessible to girls from low-income families in the area. Eighty five percent of Serviam’s students qualify for the federal free- and reduced- lunch program. Through it's extended 10-hour day and 10.5-month academic year, small class sizes and individualized attention, and its mandatory supplemental enrichment and athletic programs, Serviam successfully reduces learning gaps and looming risk factors to maximize success. Additionally, Serviam offers its hallmark Graduate Support program, which is designed to facilitate the transition to, and success in, high school and college.

Serviam Girls Academy provides this exceptional, value-based, dynamic education to New Castle County’s underserved girls tuition-free. 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 donors (~48%); foundations (~32%); and corporations and events (~18%). Additionally, Serviam is the beneficiary of many in-kind services and donations that extend these hard earned dollars even further.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

NativityMiguel Coalition 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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. 

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

Over 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 over a decade of service, Serviam proudly educates 60+ middle school girls and supports 100 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.

Financials

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Serviam Girls Academy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bob Kirkwood

LYCRA Company

Term: 2020 - 2022

Barbra Andrisani

Ministry of Caring

Michael Arnold

University of Delaware

Donna Desien

Order of Saint Ursula

Marion Lynch

Order of Saint Ursula

Todd Marvin

Marvin & Palmer Associates, Inc.

Shakesha Clark

Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Peter Crivelli

Eagle Asset Management

Joe DeSantis

Shefford, LLC

Mike Fortunato

Rubin Fortunato Law Firm

Bob Kirkwood

Invista

Bettina Riveros

Christiana Care

Peggy Heins

Serviam Girls Academy

Kristn Bowdoin

JP Morgan Chase

Arlene Harrington

Retired

Shaila Kapur

Mergene Advisors

Sandra Selzer

Phoenix RHCS Holdings

Missy Veghte

Retired

Neilli Walsh

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor

Margaret O'Dwyer

DYLN

Brian Hopkins

CBRE, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/04/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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