KALC students part of program that gives high school students a head start in college

When Matt Jablonski graduated from Wellesley High School last spring, he left with a high school diploma and associate’s degree from nearby MassBay Community College.

Jablonski took part in the state’s dual enrollment program, which allows high school students to take college classes at state community college or university campuses — often at a free or reduced cost. Students receive high school and college credit at the same time. During his last two years of high school, Jablonski earned enough credits to start what should be his freshman year of college as a junior. Now attending the University of Washington, the 18-year-old said the experience gave him a taste of college and helped prepare him for the next phase of his life. “You have more freedom in college so I had to assume more responsibilities and develop time management and study skills that helped make me fully prepared for all aspects of college,’’ Jablonski said.

Melany Ogando, a junior who attends KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, is taking a psychology course at Salem State this fall. When she first walked in to the classroom, she realized just how different it was from high school.

“There are a lot of thing going on that I didn’t know about,’’ she said. “There are a lot of rules – there’s a certain dress code, you can’t eat in the class, you have to take certain notes. You can’t just show up. Now I know what to expect, I won’t sit there confused.’’  Read Boston Globe article here

Mathematica Policy Research: As the KIPP Network Grows, Positive Impacts Are Sustained

As the KIPP Network Grows, Positive Impacts Are Sustained

Results from the i3 Evaluation
Sep 17, 2015

As the KIPP network of public charter schools continues to expand, KIPP is largely maintaining positive impacts on student achievement, according to Mathematica Policy Research. The report from Mathematica’s five-year study—the first to rigorously examine impacts at all grade levels of elementary and secondary education—found that KIPP schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement, particularly at the elementary and middle school levels.

Key findings include:

  • KIPP elementary schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on three of four measures of reading and mathematics skills.
  • Consistent with prior research, KIPP middle schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement in math, reading, science, and social studies. Average impacts of middle schools were positive and statistically significant throughout the 10-year period covered by the study, though higher in earlier years than recent years.
  • KIPP high schools have positive, statistically significant, and educationally meaningful impacts on student achievement for high school students new to the KIPP network. For students continuing to KIPP high schools from KIPP middle schools, impacts on achievement are not statistically significant. For this group of continuing KIPP students, KIPP high schools have positive impacts on a variety of college preparation activities and the likelihood of applying to college.

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“This study builds on Mathematica’s previous body of research on the KIPP model in middle schools by addressing the effects of KIPP elementary and high schools on student achievement and a variety of other outcomes,” explains Christina Tuttle, senior researcher and lead author of the study. “For this new research, we wanted to answer the question of whether KIPP can maintain its effectiveness as the network grows—both in size, and in the grade levels it serves. Our research suggests that it does.”

KIPP is a rapidly growing network of public charter schools with a mission to improve the education of low-income children and lay the foundation for their success in college. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to elementary and high schools. As the KIPP network has grown, it has focused on building strong leadership and maintaining positive academic results for its students. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the KIPP Foundation a five-year, $50 million Investing in Innovation (i3) scale-up grant to help meet these goals. The foundation used the i3 grant to bolster its leadership pipeline and more than double the number of students it serves, from 27,000 to nearly 60,000 in 2015. Mathematica conducted an independent, five-year evaluation for the KIPP Foundation to assess KIPP’s effectiveness at improving student outcomes on a larger scale under the i3 grant.

Read the fact sheet, executive summary, and full report to learn more.

KIPP:MA Celebrates Cornerstone Laying for New KIPP Academy Boston K-8 School

cornerstoneeventatKABnewschool cornerstonemiddleschoolers garshaespeakingcornerstone9.16.15MATTAPAN, Massachusetts – September 16, 2015 – Today, KIPP Massachusetts celebrated the construction of its newest campus on 37 Babson Street in Mattapan with a cornerstone laying ceremony. Nearly 100 friends of the schools, including Board members, donors, parents, staff and the following elected officials, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Representative Russell Holmes, Representative Dan Cullinane, Councillor Tim McCarthy and Ruth Georges representing Mayor Walsh’s office and the building project teams attended the event. Designed by Arrowstreet, Inc. and constructed by Consigli Construction Co., Inc., the new 53,000 square-foot home for KIPP Academy Boston Elementary and Middle School, scheduled to open in Fall 2016, will include eighteen classrooms, four breakout rooms, two science labs, a library, gymnasium and cafeteria, and will 648 students.

A first grade choir of twelve “KIPPSters” kicked off the morning with three songs, followed by words from 8th grader Garshae Mowatt-McKenzie, and KIPP Academy parent, Cassandra Rhea, and Executive Director Caleb Dolan. Mowatt-McKenzie shared some of her experiences as a founding 5th grader and her wishes for a KIPP High School to continue her education. “When I found out KIPP wasn’t having a High School I was devastated … KIPP has given so many students a chance to see that they can be more than where they grew up. One of the wonderful opportunities I was able to earn because of KIPP is a $10,000 scholarship towards college from the Red Sox Scholars Foundation. Only 10 students out of all the Boston Public Schools were chosen for this opportunity and 2 out of those 10 students are from KIPP.

Cassandra Rhea spoke about her four children’s educational experiences at public, private and charter schools stating that, “Every parent I know just wants a good education for their child. I am one of the lucky ones because I have found that here at KIPP. I’m excited for what’s to come with this school, a new building, a new neighborhood and more community involvement. I am hopeful that someday there will be a KIPP High School, so that my children, and many others can continue their education in the environment that has served them so well.

Currently there’s a cap on Charter schools in Massachusetts which prevents KIPP from having a KIPP Academy Boston 9th – 12th grade High School.

Executive Director, Caleb Dolan, shared that our “teachers, leaders, students and families have worked hard to earn this beautiful building. Assistant Principal, Nikki Barnes, and Dolan invited guests to share in the dedication of the cornerstone “To the children and families of Boston and the community members who serve them.

The KIPP Academy Boston campus will open its doors to tours and visits when it opens in Fall 2016, and plans to host community adult education classes after school hours.