Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

1. Name of organization: Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Primary location:

1361 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 320
New York, NY 10027

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Mary Wissemann
617-740-0485 (Phone)

617-282-2698 (Fax)

mary.wissemann@experiencebell.org

www.experiencebell.org

LEAs where service will be provided: All NYC School Districts
2. Years provider has delivered service: 10
3. Evidence that services have been effective:

In BELL programs, we use the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test-IV and Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test-IV as two of the primary methods of measuring student achievement for students in grades K through 6. School report cards and program Progress Reports are also used to assess student achievement while enrolled in BELL programs. 

  BELL After School Program National Outcomes, 2006-2007 School Year
  • 78% of scholars demonstrated grade-equivalent gains.
  • 24% of scholars demonstrated gains of one full year or more.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test  showed 100% of scholars at the “Failing” level in reading moving to higher levels by the end of the program.
  • 51% of scholars at the “Needs Improvement” level in reading moved to higher levels.
  • 77% of scholars were at the “Proficient” and “Advanced” levels in reading by the end of the program.
  • Grades improved from an average C- to an average B-.
4. Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate): BASICs (BELL After School Instructional Curriculum)
5. Grade level(s) the provider will serve: Grades K - 8
6. Content area(s) provider will serve: ELA, Math
7. Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable: 1 to 5 days per week
8. Average length of each service session (minutes/hours): Up to three hours per day
9. Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;): School Year Program:

September 1 – May 31

Summer Program:

BELL Summer is an academic program running at school sites for up to six weeks, 5-days per week for up to eight hours each weekday.

10. Type of instruction: Small Group Instruction
10a. Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities: Eligible students with disabilities will have equal access to services, to the extent that BELL program staff can effectively accommodate.
10b. Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

Eligible students with limited English proficiency will have equal access to services, to the extent that BELL program staff can effectively accommodate.

11. Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s): Certified teachers; college students, and paraprofessionals.
12. Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

Daily communication with parents.

Weekly communication with LEA (teachers and principals).

Quarterly Progress Reports to parents, also available upon request.

13. Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation) Services provided at school sites
14. Additional relevant information:  
Last Updated: September 6, 2013