Who We Are
Our program is based on a longer school day and year, academic and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, coaching and continuous learning for teachers and staff, and a system of support for students in grades K-12 and to and through college and career. For eleven years in Massachusetts, we have developed and refined an educational model that improves and scales transformative outcomes for our kids and families. We believe that all students can learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our success is driven by:
Clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that creates and reinforces a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.
Strength of Character
Success in life depends on more than academic learning. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success. And we empower them to express their voice and improve the world around them.
Highly-Skilled Teachers and Leaders
Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our school teams and invest in leadership and training rather than in bureaucracy.
Safe & Structured Environments
Physical and emotional safety is needed for students to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions so our students love school and maximize their learning.
KIPP Through College
Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college.
Family and Community Learning
Although our KIPPsters are in school for a longer school day and year than most traditional public schools, we believe that parents and families are their primary teachers, leaders and role models. We are committed to doing everything we can to support and collaborate with parents and families as they raise their children. To this end, our Family and Community Learning programs serve well over 550 parents and community members in Lynn and Boston each session, with a waitlist at each location, building a group of engaged parents and family members at KIPP, as well as a corps of empowered, engaged community members in Lynn and Boston. Some of the classes we offer include teaching families how to obtain their Citizenship, how to advocate for themselves and their families, English as a Second Language and Financial Literacy. This dual approach enables us to leverage the work we do with our kids during the school day, and gives families and community members the tools and skills they need to achieve a life of independence and impact, for them, their kids, and their community.
Why It Matters
Nation-wide, only 10% of students from low income communities like Lynn and Boston graduate from college, compared to 82% of their more affluent peers. Preparing our students for success in college and career drives the work of all of KIPP school leaders, teachers, and staff. Nationally, KIPP alumni graduate from college at a rate of 44% – good, but not enough. We project that our Class of 2015, the first to benefit from a 5-12 KIPP education, will graduate from college at 5X the national average. Our goal is for 75% of our alumni to graduate from college.
Our Plan for the Future
As KIPP:MA grows to full enrollment of all its schools, we are committed to becoming fully sustainable on public funding while providing students a complete K-12 KIPP education and the services that will ensure success to and through college and career. By 2020, KIPP:MA’s plan is to serve 2,500 students in Lynn and Boston. In Boston, the current cap on charter school seats is preventing us from offering high school grades to serve some of the kids who need us most – including our current middle school students. We continue to advocate alongside our students and families to lift the charter cap and ensure families from low income communities have the chance to attend great schools. Until the cap is lifted we will provide high school placement and support to all KIPP Academy Boston students to and through college.