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Houston Focus Academy Inc

The Place for Quirky Kids

aka Focus Academy   |   Spring, TX   |  www.focusacademyhouston.org

Mission

Focus Academy is a private school that empowers quirky youth and young adults to become successful, contributing, independent members of society. This is done through academic, life and social education, vocational training and family support. Quirky includes individuals with diagnoses of high-functioning autism, anxiety, depression or gifted and talented.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Connitha Tyrer

Main address

5400 Fellowship Lane

Spring, TX 77379 USA

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EIN

46-1435397

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Individuals with challenges such as Asperger Syndrome, Severe ADHD and Social Anxiety often suffer in silence. Our school aims to educate these individuals socially, emotionally, and academically.

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?

Full Time Academy

Focus Academy is a school dedicated to transforming individuals with executive functioning challenges, in grades 3 through college, into productive and happy adults. The program accommodates individuals with a diagnosis such as Gifted and Talented, ADHD, Aspergers, Anxiety and similar challenges. All of our graduates are currently attending Universities, Junior Colleges, Trade schools or working at the career of their choice. We do not believe in letting students "graduate to the couch" and commit to working for a successful transition for all of our students.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Excellence for Non-profit Leadership Program 2018

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 children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

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

Preteens, Adolescents, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Full Time Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021-12 of 16 full-time students 2020-9 of 12 full-time students 2019-9 of 12 full-time students 2018-5 of 9 full-time students

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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

Children and youth, People with disabilities

Related Program

Full Time Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

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

Adolescents, Preteens, People with learning disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Full Time Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The pandemic is still affecting in-person programs.

Number of training events conducted

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

Older adults, Families, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We aim to first provide a safe, rigorous education for individuals with challenges in executive functioning.
Our goals are to graduate students each year to smoothly transition to post-secondary goals of college, trade school, or employment.

We are refocusing on our core academic programs and electives that spotlight social and emotional development. We continue to seek board members with a passion for our program and its mission. Renewed efforts in grant writing and fundraising will become a significant focus in the upcoming three years. Additionally, debt will be eliminated and the financials improved to foster confidence in the longevity of our program.

Our Executive Director has years of accounting experience in the for-profit world helping to ensure we keep looking at our bottom line. Additionally she has a passion for improving the success of the population of kids our program is focused on.

We have had 34 graduates as of May 2023. Each of them is attending university, community college, trade school or maintaining meaningful employment. Most are driving and a handful are already living independently in their own apartment. Several graduates from Focus Academy have completed Bachelor's Degrees.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Houston Focus Academy Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Connitha Tyrer

Michael Tracton

Tracton Law

Melissa Hoffman

Kathy Penney

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/9/2024

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
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2021

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.
Policies and processes
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.