Join us at one of our Spring 2017 programs or events

KIPP Academy Boston Civic Engagement Series, 6-8 pm, 

April 25 – June 13 at 37 Babson Street, Mattapan

Serving on a Board of Directors
The Role of the Board and its Members, April 25
The Makings of an Effective Board, May 2
Leadership Opportunities of a Board Member, May 9
Am I Ready to Serve on a Board? May 16


Running for Public Office
Running for Public Office is a Right and a Responsibility, May 23
The ABCs of a Campaign, May 30
Campaign Timeline, June 6
Am I Ready to Run for Public Office? June 13

Spring Events and Performances

KABE 1st grade, Pirates the Musical, 37 Babson Street, Mattapan, May 4, 6 pm
KABE 2nd grade, Lion King Musical, 37 Babson Street, Mattapan, May 18, 6:30 pm
KALE End of Year Performance, 90 High Rock St., Lynn, May 24, 5:30 pm
KALC College Signing Day, 90 High Rock Street, Lynn, May 26, 2 pm
KABE Kindergarten, Barnyard Moosical, 37 Babson St., Mattapan, June 1, 6 pm
KALC High School Graduation, Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, June 8, 6 pm
KAB 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Match Gym, 150 Poydras Street, Mattapan, June 15, 7 pm
KAL 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, June 24, 11 am

Fernando Barrientos, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate Class of 2017, Posse Scholar

by Fernando Barrientos

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she expects it, especially since my older sister graduated from college and is now in grad school. I’m going to be the second person in my family to graduate from college.

And that’s something I’m proud of.

I’ve been with KIPP since 5th grade and my academic drive has only increased over the years.

I serve as a student mentor at Raw Art Works, a local nonprofit, where I lead art therapy sessions for middle-school boys who’ve been through a lot, kids who struggle with violence at home or have trouble fitting in at school. It’s been an eye-opening experience. RAW was the first time I’ve noticed the hardships many kids carry without the opportunity to talk to anyone about them.

My own KIPP experience has involved people who’ve helped me get to where I need to be, so my volunteering is my way of paying it forward.

Jorge Ochoa, my college counselor, sees himself in me. He’s arranged opportunities for me to fly to visit different college campuses like Tufts and Boston University. Most important, he talks to students about personal issues if he can tell they’re having a bad day.

We spend a lot of time with our college counselors and we get a lot of guidance in general. Each counselor gets about 20 students and we worked on college application essays for two hours every day after school. Every Monday, each student has an advisory, where you meet for an hour with a teacher and a cohort of 10-12 kids you’re grouped with for all four years. It’s been one of my favorite experiences at KIPP. We’ve done pumpkin carvings together and advisories are good chances to be part of something smaller.

Mr. DoBell, my English teacher, makes it fun to read—and since I’m more inclined towards math and science, this was not easy for me. We read Invisible Man and a ton of short stories like “Clarence and the Dead.” But what I like about Mr. Dobell is that he’s very transparent. You know what kind of person he is and he lets student express what they’re thinking and feeling. For example, the day after the presidential election, kids walked around with a lot of frustration, and he could see that, so he scratched his lesson to give us space to talk about what happened. As someone whose mom is an immigrant, it was important to have been given the freedom to speak our minds, and I’m glad Mr. Dobell recognized that we couldn’t just have another regular class that day.

I feel really prepared for college thanks to KIPP. I’m currently taking four AP classes in calculus, biology, Spanish, and literature and composition. Forty kids at KIPP are taking AP calculus out of 350 kids in the entire school. After sophomore year, I won a full scholarship to the Brown Leadership Institute, a program the university has every summer for high-school students who are interested in exploring an academic topic and connect that to social issues and positive change. I also won a Posse Foundation scholarship to Denison University, a really, really diverse school where I want to major in engineering. Posse selects high-school students and places them with other kids of similar backgrounds—minorities, low-income, immigrants or children of immigrants—in groups of 10 who will attend the same college. Kids who at first glance may come from challenging environments, but like me, know how to get through them because we have people who don’t feel sorry for us. Instead, they expect great things from us.

Fernando Barrientos is a senior at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, in Massachusetts. He will be attending Denison University this fall pursuing a degree in engineering.

KIPP Leaders: 4 Critical Areas Secretary DeVos Should Focus on to Ensure All Students Succeed

February 14, 2017

Published by The 74

This is the third in a series of essays in which policy experts, educators, and journalists discuss their take on top priorities now that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is on the job. Read the others here.

More than 95 percent of the jobs created since the recession went to people who had completed education or career training after high school. This means that young Americans with only a high school diploma, along with those who never finished high school, have been largely left out of the economic recovery over the past eight years. And the pace of change in the job market — driven by both automation and globalization — shows no signs of slowing down.

Talent can be found everywhere in America, in small towns and big cities alike. Yet today, affluent American students are eight times as likely to complete a four-year degree as students from low-income backgrounds. It doesn’t have to be this way.

We need to grow opportunities and our economy by investing in the talent that exists in America’s young people. As the leaders of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of 200 high-performing, nonprofit public charter schools, we have more than 20 years of experience helping students from low-income communities get to and through college. Today, 10,000 KIPP alumni are currently enrolled in college, including more than 100 at the University of Houston and more than 50 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read article in the 74 here.

KIPP Academy Lynn Middle Schoolers Need English Language Arts Books

Please go to to help us purchase books for our KIPP Academy Lynn middle school library per this wish list below:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Henry and Mudge – The First Book (Henry and Mudge, #1) by Cynthia Rylant

Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell

Out of My Mind (Hardcover) by Sharon M. Draper

Ivy and Bean (Ivy and Bean, #1) by Annie Barrows

Screech!: A Book About Bats (Paperback) by Melvin A. Berger

Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley, #1) by Jeff Brown

Judy Moody (Judy Moody, # 1) by Megan McDonald

At the Edge of the World (Crispin, #2) by Avi

Sea Otter Rescue (Paperback) by Roland Smith

A Boy Called Slow (Hardcover) by Joseph Bruchac

Crash (Paperback) by Jerry Spinelli

The Rough-Face Girl (Paperback) by Rafe Martin

My Life in Dog Years (Paperback) by Gary Paulsen

Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1) by James Howe

Fudge-a-Mania (Fudge, #4)  by Judy Blume

Help! I’m Trapped in the First Day of Summer Camp (Paperback) by Todd Strasser

Who Was Queen Elizabeth? (Paperback) by June Eding

Fourth Grade Rats (Paperback) by Jerry Spinelli

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Paperback) by Patricia C. McKissack

Technically, It’s Not My Fault: Concrete Poems (Paperback) by John Grandits

The School Story (Paperback) by Andrew Clements

The Homework Machine (The Homework Machine, #1) by Dan Gutman

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Three Times Lucky (Tupelo Landing, #1)  by Sheila Turnage

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon  by Steve Sheinkin

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis

Stella by Starlight, by Sharon M. Draper

A Little Piece of Ground, by Elizabeth Laird

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams Garcia

Sylvia & Aki, by Winifred Conkling

Operation Redwood, by S. Terrell French

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali with Dephine Mainoui

Return to Sender, by Julia Alverez

A Long Walk to Water Novel by Linda Sue Park

Teacup by Rebecca Young, illustrated by Matt Ottley

Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom by Dia Cha, illustrated by Chue Cha and Nhia Thao Cha

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John

Once They Had a Country: Two Teenage Refugees in the Second World War by Muriel R. Gillick

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince

A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux, translated by Y. Maudet

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)by Rick Riordan

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven *

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin *

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Dr. Atul Gawande

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

Nuts To You by Lynn Rae Perkins

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

All That Is by James Salter

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak