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Hundreds of students at KIPP University Prep gathered Friday afternoon to recite a pledge written by their peers. "I pledge to protect the innocence of all children in my world; to support efforts to end child abuse in my community; to believe a child, intervene and report if I suspect child abuse," they said in unison. >
Principal at KIPP Nashville Laura Miguezhowarth was recognized and honored Tuesday as one of the top two principals in the country. >
A fourth-grade math teacher at KIPP Excelencia Community Prep has won the national Fishman Prize for educators that carries a $25,000 award. >
KIPP Academy celebrated its graduating class Friday at the Lynn Auditorium. Ninety-seven percent of KIPP’s class of 2016 will graduate in June, while 90 percent plan to attend college, according to the school. This year’s graduating class also received more than 400 acceptance letters, 100 more than last year. >
As of May 5, at least 77 students in the senior class have received over 300 acceptance to nearly 80 different colleges/universities, according to a release. The students have also acquired nearly $7 million in financial aid, surpassing the previous year’s $2 million. >
KIPP Minnesota opened its first middle school in 2008 to address the racial and economic achievement gaps in our schools. This fall, we will open our first elementary school, offer support to our first cohort of middle school alums who are heading to college, and make plans for a high school. >
As Minneapolis public schools struggle to close the achievement gap, one school in north Minneapolis is making tremendous progress. KIPP North Star Academy is a free open enrollment public charter school, which opened in 2008 in downtown Minneapolis and later moved to its current location in north Minneapolis in 2014. Although the school is a public school located in Minneapolis, it is not affiliated with the Minneapolis Public School District. Instead it is governed by the KIPP Minnesota board of directors. KIPP Minnesota was founded in 2006 - two years before the first Minnesota KIPP school was opened - "to address the racial and economic achievement gaps in Twin Cities’ public schools." >
An Oakland-based non-profit has compiled a list of the top 15 Bay Area high schools for students from low-income families. According to Great Schools, these “exceptional high schools are educating students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds fairly and equally.” >
At KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx, where 100 percent of students are from minority backgrounds, the KIPP ethos of college prep, including qualities like grit and persistence, helps students transcend challenging environmental factors that may hold back their peers in less rigorous schools. >
Imagine reading the local news to learn how schools in your community stack up against each other. But instead of finding this year’s state test exam results, you could see how many students from each school have graduated from a post-secondary school with a college degree or job skill certificate. This vision for a different measurement of student learning comes from my experience with KIPP, the national network of 183 high performing public charter schools that I co-founded with Dave Levin in 1994. After more than 20 years of work in public K-12 education, I have learned three reasons why I think college and career readiness and program completion are better metrics of our kids’ future success than traditional test scores. >
"At KIPP it's really important to us that we're teaching our kids about character and building their character," explained Frank Cush, KIPP Explore Academy's founder and principal. "With this program, the students are learning about what are the things that they should be doing. Not necessarily in the situation where they face a bully, but it's about being more proactive, learning how to be good citizens. We're also encouraging our students to know more about themselves and what makes them unique." >
Through my experience leading KIPP, a network of 183 public schools serving largely educationally underserved students, I’ve come to believe leaders in higher education have never been more interested in charting a new course. And it’s clear that when colleges make a priority of sending a message of opportunity, students respond and thrive. Just ask the 41 KIPP alumni who attend the University of Pennsylvania, or the 19 at UNC Chapel Hill, or the 10 at Wesleyan University, or the 34 at Franklin and Marshall, or the 15 at UC Berkeley. If this is possible for students at one network of schools, think what is possible for this nation. >
U.S. News says Colorado's top 10 high schools overall (including charter, magnet and public) are: 1. Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). 2. KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, Denver, Denver Public Schools (DPS). >
LASA, a magnet school, ranked No. 7 in Texas and No. 43 nationally on the list, which came out Tuesday. KIPP Austin Collegiate, a public charter school, came in second in the Austin area and was No. 10 in the state. >
In New York State, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College in the Bronx ranked first and Kipp Academy Charter School, also in the Bronx, ranked second. >
[Shareki Chaney, Rales Center, KIPP Baltimore]: …"There are many ways we are making it happen at KIPP. We’re engaging the parents at their level—whatever they may need, whenever they may need it. We’re making them feel comfortable now that the health center is there.” >
KIPP has been a beacon of success and hope during its 14 years in operation. McDaniel and its supporters note that it’s an A-plus school according to the state’s A-F report card, with 99 percent of KIPP students scoring “proficient” or “advanced.” Most of the nearby elementary and middle schools received D’s and F’s. >
Here’s how it all started. A decade ago, in my final year of graduate school, I met two educators, Dave Levin, of the KIPP charter school network, and Dominic Randolph, of Riverdale Country School. Though they served students at opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, both understood the importance of character development. They came to me because they wanted to provide feedback to kids on character strengths. Feedback is fundamental, they reasoned, because it’s hard to improve what you can’t measure. >
The Economic Development and Industrial Corp. is reviewing plans to renovate the J.B. Blood building even as the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Charter School adds classrooms in the Wheeler Street building. KIPP houses 121 kindergarten students and offices in the Blood building and plans to add a first grade, pushing its enrollment to 240 students in September. “We’ll be on two floors and adding to that,” said Caleb Dolan, KIPP’s Massachusetts executive director. “We love being in the heart of the city.” >
Nine of the 10 recognized schools were charter schools, with the lone traditional district school being Solano Avenue Elementary near Chinatown. KIPP Raices, a charter school in East Los Angeles, was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools winner. “We are honored to have three schools recognized among the top 10 in Los Angeles for opening doors of opportunity for underserved students and helping to close the achievement gap here in LA,” Angella Martinez, chief academic officer of KIPP LA schools, said in a statement. “While there is so much more work to be done, we are proud of our school teachers and leaders that are proving what is possible in public education.” >
KIPP Academy has found success across the country and now they're taking on a huge challenge in Camden, New Jersey -- a city known by many for its high crime and poverty. Can they succeed here? And will better education help put a dent in crime rates as advocates hope? >
Recent research shows that students make substantial academic progress when they attend a KIPP school instead of the district school to which they would have otherwise been assigned. The results from KIPP and other charters provide strong evidence that disadvantaged students can indeed learn if they are provided with high quality schooling. >
Among the larger charter networks — those with four or more schools — the Icahn, Kipp and Uncommon charter school networks had the lowest attrition rates in elementary school grades when compared to traditional schools in the same school district for the 2013-14 school year. This is a trend we spotted with Icahn and Kipp in our last analysis of the 2010-11 school year. >
As teachers do when creating daily lesson plans, I start to think from my students' perspective. I am engulfed by a tidal wave of fear. My fury grows. The realities of my white privilege violently collide with the social consequences of growing up in a poor, inner-city neighborhood. It felt as if the police stopped us with the intent to intimidate. While my interaction with police has always been positive and safe, it was not so for my students. Some as young as sixth grade have been harassed by police. How would I cope and grapple with this reality every time I walk outside? How do they? I can only imagine the persistent anxiety of mothers of black boys across this country. >
Mancini said KIPP has seen a payoff from the character-education program, developed after looking at their college-completion data, which stresses traits like optimism and self-control. The six-year college completion rate for KIPP graduates has climbed from 25 percent to 44 percent. >

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