Cuttyhunk Steam Academy Inc

An Island Classroom

Hanson, MA
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Cuttyhunk Steam Academy Inc

EIN: 88-2671677


Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy mission is to provide engaging, high-quality educational and enrichment programming for children and adults who live on and visit Cuttyhunk Island that leverage the untapped potential of the Cuttyhunk Community and its natural resources, including neighboring islands and surrounding waters.

Notes from the nonprofit

“It takes a village" is the epitome of Cuttyhunk Island culture. What began in the fall of 2019, was the village responding to a need from its community when the last student graduated from the schoolhouse - engaging youth in ecological, biological, and environmental studies using the island as an outdoor classroom - reaching beyond its island shores to be the village for mainland schools and students. Since that time, the Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy has engaged over 1000 youth in watershed studies, climate change, aquaculture, geology, clean energy, migrating birds, underwater robot technology, and so much more. In 2023 alone, STEAM has hosted 32 days of programs for children in grades 1 - 12, from day programs to overnights, to school vacation events. STEAM has also worked to support and improve the community and its environment. STEAM organized and was involved in multiple beach clean-ups, initiated a kitchen scraps for worm composting, and designed and installed a butterfly garden.

Ruling year info


Board of Directors, President

Sandy Parker

Main address

143 Brook St

Hanson, MA 02341 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Elementary and secondary education

Vocational education

Adult education

Education services

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Population served info

Children and youth


Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

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NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With the increased use and amount of technology in childrens' lives, they are less connected to the natural world in which they live in. The Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy utilizes the outdoors and investigative and experiential methods to engage students in learning that hopes to reconnect them with the world around them.

Our programs

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

A Healthy Watershed

Investigate water quality by conducting biological, chemical, and physical assessments and analyze varying data points along a watershed over time. Explore the effects of development on a watershed.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of paid participants on field trips

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Total number of fields trips

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Provide an innovative, hands-on, interactive learning experience that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in real-world opportunities.
Engage youth in ecological, biological, and environment studies using the island as an outdoor classroom.
Explore and implement concepts that impact our current and future world.
Captivate interest of students during program implementation to engage in further study and careers in STEAM.
Host 130 days of programs in a year.

Collaborate and engage area schools and organizations to participate in day-trip and/or overnight experiences on Cuttyhunk Island.
Work to retain repeat school visits.
Establish partnerships with mainland organizations and institutions of higher education that can be a resource as well as provide opportunities to expand curricular studies.
Engage the community to share their expertise and talents for program development and implementation.
Continue to seek private and grant funding for the program.
Maintain positive relationships with local vendors to retain necessary services for program implementation.
Implement marketing strategies to spread awareness of the program throughout the region.

Successfully solicited private donations for three years to continue to run the program given the ongoing challenges resulting from the pandemic.
In 2023, the Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy will have hosted 32 days of programs.
Established relationships with at least 5 mainland organizations that have provided resources or assisted in program implementation.
Three out of five school groups are repeating their participation in the Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy for the second and third year.

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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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 get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Cuttyhunk Steam Academy Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Cuttyhunk Steam Academy Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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

Board of Directors, President

Sandy Parker

Sandra Parker has worked at Harvard University since 2010 as Assistant Registrar, Business Systems Analyst and most recently, as the Student Enrollment Systems Project Director. Sandy attained her law degree in 2003, and pursued a higher education degree in public health. Her earlier educational pursuits were in microbiology, a perfect pairing for the Cuttyhunk STEAM Academy. An active dragon boat enthusiast, Living Root Dragon Boat is a co-ed dragon boat racing team in Boston. She practices year-round and competes in the Northeast and internationally. The group offers training to other teams as well as corporate events for the uninitiated. Currently operating out of the Seaport District, the team gets out on the water and has a fabulous time doing it!

Cuttyhunk Steam Academy Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Cuttyhunk Steam Academy Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Sandy Parker

Ann Conway

Self-Employed as Coach/Facilitator in Collaborative Divorce

Charles Field

School Family Media

Sandy Parker

Harvard University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/27/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/27/2023

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

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.