Hilton Head Preparatory School
8 FOX GRAPE RD
HILTON HEAD SC 29928-5918
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
HH Prep
Hilton Head Prep
Prep
Address 8 FOX GRAPE RD
HILTON HEAD, SC 299285918
Telephone (843) 715-8506
E-mail mbrown@hhprep.org
Projected Annual Revenue $6,239,562.00 (2017)
Mission Statement

A safe, caring and accepting community enables Hilton Head Prep to mold students of strong character. Through students' engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep will prepare competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond. Hilton Head Prep's curriculum will incorporate a solid foundation with critical thinking skills while leveraging students' creativity in preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jon Hopman
Board Chair Eric Wojcikiewicz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
NameYear
Sea Pines Academy1965
May River Academy1971
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission

A safe, caring and accepting community enables Hilton Head Prep to mold students of strong character. Through students' engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep will prepare competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond. Hilton Head Prep's curriculum will incorporate a solid foundation with critical thinking skills while leveraging students' creativity in preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Background

In 1986 May River Academy and Sea Pines Academy became Hilton Head Preparatory School. But the story doesn't start in 1986; the story begins much earlier encompassing students, teachers, and campuses in both Bluffton and at the back door of Sea Pines Plantation. In 1965, Sea Pines Academy was founded as an independent, non-profit educational institution. The history of Sea Pines Academy is rooted in the man many consider as the "founder" of Hilton Head Island itself: the late Charles Fraser. As the early development of the Island blossomed in the mid-sixties, the Sea Pines Company and Fraser approached the Beaufort County schools system about establishing a south-end school. Because Fraser's company was appealing to prospective residents and management employees, a solid school became a top priority. In 1965, the Sea Pines Company shouldered 80% of the costs to start a private school for local children in first through seventh grades. SPA’s colors were green and yellow and their mascot was the Gator. By 1972, the school expanded, offering first through twelfth grades. Also during 1972, SPA moved to its 15-acre campus two blocks from the ocean, adjacent to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. This tract of land is the current home of Hilton Head Preparatory School. In 1971, May River Academy (MRA) opened its doors to a class of first grade students on its Bluffton campus. MRA's mascot was the Patriot and the school colors were red and columbia blue. By 1985, SPA had to face fiscal reality. Enrollment had topped out at 240 students, and the future looked uncertain. MRA was experiencing its own struggles keeping its doors open. In an attempt to revitalize the two fledgling schools, the Marathon Oil Company, developer of Port Royal, Indigo Run, Shipyard, and Wexford Plantations on the Island proposed the merger of May River Academy and Sea Pines Academy, creating a single, stronger school. The oil company offered to provide land within the Indigo Run complex. Plans called for both MRA and SPA to eventually sell both campuses, merge into the new Indigo Run campus, pay off all debt, and boast an enrollment of some 500 students. However, the economy faltered and so did some of the plans for the merger. Both the MRA and SPA campuses continued to exist until a physical merger occurred during the 1985-86 school year incorporating the grounds of SPA. The new school, Hilton Head Preparatory School, was deeded ten acres in Sea Pines Plantation. By selling the MRA campus in 1988 Hilton Head Prep was able to pay down some of its lingering debt. Eventually, Hilton Head Prep sold back some of the Sea Pines land to reduce its long-term debt. Hilton Head Prep joined the National Association of Independent Schools in the 90’s and has grown and flourished through outstanding leadership, strong and dedicated faculty and loyal students, families and alumni. In 2005, Hilton Head Prep celebrated its 40th birthday with much celebration and the kick-off of its first-ever major capital campaign. Following the lead of hard working volunteers who raised almost $1,000,000 to build the KNS Media Center in 1990, Hilton Head Prep’s “Tradition of Excellence” capital campaign raised more than $6,500,000 to build the Joseph B. Fraser, Jr. Field House, named in honor of Charles Fraser’s brother. Joe, who was his brother’s quiet support during the development of Hilton Head Island and who had children and grandchildren at SPA and HHP. The capital campaign also helped build an endowment fund in support of faculty development and scholarships.

Impact
Accomplishments of the past year:
1.  Approved by the College Board to offer the AP Capstone Program
2.  Added a STEAM (science, math, engineering, art and math) program in the lower school
3.  Increased effectiveness of the college advising program adding test prep and college advising beginning in 8th grade
4. New curriculum including vertical alignment through all grades
 
Goals for the current year:
1.  Strengthen relationships with sports academies
2.  Continue to increase the quality of faculty and improve professional development
3.  Continue to improve technology in the classrooms
Needs
Most Pressing Needs:
1.  Upgrade to wired and wireless network to accommodate the increased use of technology in the classroom
2.  Add a language lab to accommodate foreign language learning and ESL program
3.  Upgrade dining hall to allow for the preparation of food for lunches and boarding students meals on site
4.  Continue to add to budget for faculty professional development
5.  Improve communication with all constituents
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Hilton Head Prep continues to improve and solidify its position as the preeminent educational opportunity in the area educating students in grades JK-12.   We perpetually strive to improve in all aspects of school and student life, we continue to develop our curriculum in all divisions and build a strong sense of community through activities, sports, and the arts. Each aspect of daily student life focuses on our end goal of being a college preparatory school. Academically we are delighted to recognize that each division continues to make great strides with new curriculum, course offerings, clubs, and organizations. Our students are working harder and taking advantage of new opportunities and high expectations.
 
The unique aspects of a Prep education include enjoying the best college advising program in the area that produces the strongest college placement result.  Small classes, active sports and arts participation, a dedicated faculty whose relationships with our students are at the core of a Prep education, are some of the special aspects of being a part of this community.  All community members - parents, students, faculty, administration, alumni and grandparents - value education and focus on student success in everything they do.  Preparing our students for college and life is at the forefront of everything we do at Prep.  
 
Board Chair Statement In Hilton Head Prep's 51 years of existence, the school has seen many ups and downs as they have sailed through economic boons and busts, but strong leadership and a committed constituent base have allowed the school to continue to be an educational leader in the area.  Most recently, the hiring of Jon Hopman as our headmaster has stabilized the leadership of the school and allowed the school to adjust to a changing educational environment.  By expanding our programs to include a boarding element, the school has been able to leverage additional tuition sources that allow Prep to strengthen all programs to benefit all students, both local and out of town.  There still remain challenges as the economic environment of the island continues to have its ups and downs and the school campus ages, but the future is bright for Prep.
Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
Jasper County
Hilton Head Preparatory School serves local students in Beaufort and Jasper Counties including Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.  The school also serves students enrolled at local sports academies who live outside the area nationally and internationally.  The school also has a boarding population of students from China and other countries.
Board Chair
Board Chair Eric Wojcikiewicz
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Email ericwojcikiewicz@gmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jon Hopman Headmaster
Mrs. Patricia Jackson Community Volunteer
Mr. Gary Joyner Community Volunteer
Mrs. Shelle Kelly Community Volunteer
Mr. Steven Marbut Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark McDonald Community Volunteer
Mrs. Anne Middleton Community Volunteer
Mr. Joseph Nahman Community Volunteer
Mr. Ronald Orie Jr.Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Rankin Community Volunteer
Mr. James Richardson Jr.Community Volunteer
Mr. William Thomas Retired
Mr. Eric Wojcikiewicz Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 100
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 71
Female 29
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Building
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Marketing
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Jon Hopman
Experience Jon Hopman has been Headmaster of Hilton Head Preparatory School since June of 2014.  Before coming to Prep, he was the Assistant Headmaster, Director of Admissions, Director of Finance and various other roles at Monteverde Academy in Orlando, Florida.  He holds a bachelor's degree from George Mason University and a master's degree from Stetson University.
Staff
Full Time Staff 66
Part Time Staff 14
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Diversity Policy No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member2002
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)1985
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Southern Association of Independent Schools2010
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2010
Programs
Description A safe, caring and accepting community enables Hilton Head Prep to mold students of strong character. Through students' engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep will prepare competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond. Hilton Head Prep's curriculum will incorporate a solid foundation with critical thinking skills while leveraging students' creativity in preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Budget 6388500
Short Term Success
Improve our technology infrastructure to accommodate increased use of technology in the classroom
Continue to improve our campus buildings through renovation and maintenance
Add new programs addressing the industry innovation and standards
Provide more opportunities for faculty professional development
Long Term Success
Graduate 100% of each student enrolled in the 12th grade and have 100% of those students be accepted to college.
Have the highest quality faculty based on degrees, experience and dedication
Offer sports and arts program with a high participation rate
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY
College placement success
Numbers of students participating in arts and athletics
Ability for technology infrastructure to meet needs
Graduation rates and test scores
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $6,239,562.00
Projected Expenses $6,388,501.00
Endowment Value $2,877,577.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 3.5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,396,355$433,358$465,768
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$7,469,391$6,234,187$5,907,511
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,482$387,817$221,269
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$2,022,000$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$7,150,511$6,442,442$5,988,945
Administration Expense$389,921$394,962$749,369
Fundraising Expense$199,490$173,957$217,534
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.010.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%40%47%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$14,790,287$12,484,245$11,731,134
Current Assets$3,392,661$2,865,314$2,305,778
Long-Term Liabilities$267,289$368,724$470,355
Current Liabilities$3,365,023$3,087,852$2,277,111
Total Net Assets$11,157,975$9,027,669$8,983,668
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.010.931.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%3%4%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Nov 2017
Nonprofit Hilton Head Preparatory School
Address 8 FOX GRAPE RD
HILTON HEAD, SC 299285918
Primary Phone (843) 715-8506
Contact Email mbrown@hhprep.org
CEO/Executive Director Jon Hopman
Board Chair Eric Wojcikiewicz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Sea Pines Academy
May River Academy