Sophia Academy is a school of abundant opportunity where middle school girls discover and develop their potential and become confident and compassionate young women prepared to meet the challenges of their world.
Press Release October 2013
Gigi DiBello, Head of Sophia Academy in Providence announced recently that Sharon Lloyd Clark, Regional Advancement Director at Brown University, has joined the administration as Development Director. Sophia Academy is an independent, non-denominational all girls middle school in Providence. Ms. DiBello said she was delighted to welcome Ms. Lloyd Clark who brings years of educational experience as well as a successful track record as a fundraiser. Sophia Academy’s operating budget is approximately $900,000, the majority of which comes from charitable donations from individuals, grants from corporations and foundations, as well as revenue from special events. As a former head of an independent school in Massachusetts, Ms. Lloyd Clark is familiar with all aspects of the fundraising. She expressed her excitement. “My first position was at The Emma Willard School for Girls, the oldest girls’ boarding school in the United States. It is wonderful to return to those roots. Sophia Academy is a very special academic setting where girls achieve. It is a privilege to be here”
Sophia Academy, founded in 2001 by Sister Mary Reilly, is currently on Branch Avenue. The school engages students from low income homes in grades 5-8th in a rigorous program. The girls develop their potential and become confident learners. The young women are prepared to meet the challenges of their world.
Sophia Academy has other important news to report this fall. The school is finalizing the last stage of its Capital Campaign “the Wisdom to Dream” for the school’s new building at 582 Elmwood Avenue. The co-chairs are Suzanne Murray and Anne Szostak, philanthropists and community leaders. The Academy successfully raised $1.6 million to purchase and renovate the building. Under the supervision of Bigelow & Fleming, the building will be ready in late February to welcome the students and faculty to their permanent home.
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