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Miriam Foundation

Empowering Unique Learners

aka Miriam School and Learning Center   |   St. Louis, MO   |  http://www.miriamstl.org

Mission

Miriam empowers unique learners by building confidence and a foundation for success. Miriam students often have challenges such as learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, anxiety and sensory processing differences. Miriam supports students with individualized curriculum, small class sizes, and integrated speech and occupational therapy.

Ruling year info

1957

Principal Officer

Meg Bamford

Main address

1138 N. Warson Road

St. Louis, MO 63132 USA

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EIN

43-0667478

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Miriam students come to us because they have not found success in their previous school environment. Miriam students often have challenges such as learning disabilities, language disorders, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and sensory processing differences.

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?

Miriam School

Miriam School believes that every child possesses unique abilities that can be strengthened within the appropriate educational environment. Miriam School provides a personalized learning program, integrated therapies and a nurturing community to ensure students with unique learning needs in kindergarten through 12th grade thrive both academically and socially. Miriam students often have challenges such as learning disabilities, language disorders, ADHD, autism, anxiety and sensory processing differences. With a low student-to-teacher ratio and a collaborative learning approach, students find an environment full of possibilities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

The Miriam Learning Center provides comprehensive services for children with learning disabilities and their families in one, centralized location. This coordinated approach improves communication between professionals treating the child and reduces family stress. It is designed to reach children from the greater St. Louis area who plan to stay in their current school setting but need extra support services to reach their potential. Services offered include speech/language and occupational therapies, tutoring, and after-school enrichment classes in addition to psycho-educational evaluations, summer therapy camp and family/individual counseling.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Independent Schools 2023

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 students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Students are supported at Miriam both academically and socially in a very welcoming, judgment-free environment.

Miriam School provides a personalized learning program, integrated therapies, and a nurturing community for students with unique learning needs. From kindergarten through twelfth grade, Miriam ensures students thrive both academically and socially.

With a low student-to-teacher ratio and a collaborative learning approach, students find an environment full of possibilities. At Miriam School, learning is intentional, collaborative, and personalized, and is designed to meet the unique social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of each student.

Miriam’s school program is founded on the belief that children possess unique talents and abilities that can be strengthened within an educational environment that supports their learning needs.

The school program is designed for children in kindergarten through 12th grade who have learning, speech and language, sensory-motor, attention and social skill delays.

Through a team approach, small class size and the development of personalized learning plans, the school provides a variety of accommodations, curriculum modifications and specialized instruction designed to meet the educational needs and support the social skills development of each child.

In recognition of the complex learning needs of our students, Miriam incorporates the following elements into our educational program:

A strong, caring and nurturing school community
A low student/faculty ratio
A personalized approach to instruction
A highly structured environment
The integration of speech and language and occupational therapies into the special education services
Experiential and multi-sensory instructional methods that highlight essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration
An instructional approach that emphasizes both remediation and compensatory skills in the areas of reading, mathematics and written language
A commitment to the integration of innovative technology into the curriculum
Directed instruction that emphasizes social thinking, highlights personal responsibility and encourages positive contributions to the school community
Guided instruction and support for student self-awareness and self-advocacy
A strong partnership between faculty, parents and students

More than 60% of families received tuition assistance through the Variable Tuition program in an academic year. This means Miriam awards over $2.2 million in Variable Tuition reductions. However, we would like to do more and reach more students who are in need. However, not all families can not afford the services. We are seeking funding to cover more students who need to attend our school.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Miriam Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andy Greenberg

no affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2024

Joni Karandjeff

no affiliation

Steve Rosenblum

L&P Furniture

Judi Scissors

no affiliation

Trish Winchell

Thompson Coburn

Judy Zafft

no affiliation

Kristen Bowser

no affiliation

Carol Cohen

no affiliation

Jeff DePlanty

no affiliation

Ida Early

Washington University

Lanie Goldenberg

no affiliation

Andy Greenberg

Edward Jones

Larry Langsam

Karen Teitelbaum

Adrien Webb

Mercy

Barbara Silver

Donna Wendel

Centene

Theresa Human

Emily Maltby

Michael Schirmer

Cathy Steele

Mary Steward

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 3/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/06/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.