KIPP Academy Boston Elementary (KABE)

KIPP Academy Boston Elementary (KABE)

KIPP Academy Boston Elementary (KABE), founded in 2014, currently serves over 300 Kindergarten through 4th grade KIPPsters! The elementary school is part of our new K-8 campus in Mattapan that opened in August 2016. The opening of this school in our Boston network marks a major milestone in our development, as we are able to offer K-8 education with the goal of opening up a High School in Boston soon.

As part of the larger KIPP MA network, KABE is rooted in the core KIPP values of rigorous academic preparation and relentless character development, while maintaining focus on achieving success to and through college and to leading a life of choice and independence.

  • Established2014
  • Grades ServedKindergarten - 4th
  • Enrolled340

At KABE, our focus on college begins on day one. From classrooms named for universities to grade levels identified by graduation year, our students are immediately exposed to a culture that consistently reinforces the belief that they can and will go to and through college. But to get there, we must start with the basics. We work, together with our families, to develop our students as independent learners, who are self-aware and able to self-advocate. We set our academic expectations high from day one, exposing our students to science and social studies as early as kindergarten and utilizing blended learning.

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The mission of KIPP Academy Boston Elementary is to create a school environment in which students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits necessary for a life of choice, independence, and impact.

Blain’s Words: We do everything we can, every day, so that our students can choose the life they’ll live.

KABE’s Values

Identity: Understanding and embracing our own individuality and deeply respecting the unique characteristics of others.I know these people and they know me.

Agency: Using resources and taking the initiative to solve challenges for the good of yourself and your community.

Compassion: Empathizing with those near and far; Working relentlessly to improve your environment for the betterment of all.

Curiosity: Passionately driving our learning and exploring academic, societal and personal truths.

Community (Eschew Mediocrity): Fostering a sense of togetherness and teamwork that includes students, staff, families and neighbors. I am part of something larger than myself.

Blended Learning

In both reading and math, small group instruction is supported by computer-based practice and intervention. We blend small group structure with technology, which provides the students an opportunity for structured freedom in which to practice self-regulation.

 Visual Trackers

These are used to communicate feedback with students about their choices which are then also communicated with their parents on a daily or weekly basis.

School-Based Counseling

The purpose of KIPP Academy Boston’s counseling program is to empower all of our students to reach their fullest potential by providing a comprehensive school counseling program to support their academic, social, and emotional development. As a department, we work to create a safe environment for our students to identify their interests and abilities, enhance self-expression and control, practice conflict-resolution skills and develop other competencies that will strengthen our students’ capabilities. We believe that collaboration between counselors, students, teachers, administrators, families, and the community will assist our students in becoming responsible and productive lifelong learners with independence and choice. We also believe in developing and maintaining culturally competent counselors to meet the various needs and protect the autonomy of the students and families with whom we serve.

We support our students through:

· Individual and Group counseling
· An individualized treatment approach based on students’ strengths and needs
· Consistent communication and collaboration between the counseling staff, families, teachers, members of the community, and collateral contacts
· Seeking out professional development opportunities so that we continue to grow professionally and utilize the most effective treatment modalities in our work with students and families

We believe that social/emotional support for students is inextricably linked to academic growth and achievement. Not only do we regularly monitor students’ social/emotional progress, but we also monitor their academic progress. We work with students and teachers to ensure that the skills learned in counseling support positive outcomes in the classroom. A typical day for counselors at our school consists of individual counseling and group counseling sessions. Additionally, much of our time is spent in the classrooms, providing feedback to both students and teachers, and monitoring for the transfer of skills learned and practiced in counseling to the classroom.

If you would like to learn more about our programming or learn about additional resources, please feel free to reach out to any of our school counselors.

Lauren Harless, LICSW, middle school counselor

Maya McNamara, LMHC, middle school counselor

Amanda Hoyle, LICSW, elementary school counselor

Kasha Sarette, LICSW, elementary school counselor

Special Education Services

KIPP Academy provides extensive Special Education services in order to meet the unique needs detailed in a student’s IEP.

Each student with an IEP will be provided with services and supports noted in their IEP. Students receive services through general education teachers, special education teachers and related service providers. If you have any questions about the Special Education program, please email Peter Perry-Friedman at

English Language Learners

English Language Learners participate fully in KIPP Academy’s curriculum. All staff members are undergoing training (developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) in Sheltered English Immersion. Additionally, students may receive supplemental support from an ELL teacher to assist in English language acquisition. This service is provided in accordance with the student’s language level and is communicated to families. If you have any questions about the ELL program, please email Dana Gottlieb,

Performing Arts


The mission of the Performing Arts Department at KIPP Academy Boston is to provide all of our students with a well rounded, diverse education that not only exposes them to the world of the arts, but guides them through it using active learning techniques.

“We are not cute; we are professional.” Students embrace this philosophy, working hard to show the skills they learn starting in kindergarten whether they are on stage during a musical performance, utilizing script and musical analysis to help them in a literacy block, or in their classrooms applying their musical knowledge along with their math skills to help them decipher fractions. The goal is for students to develop independence and confidence not only in their musical abilities, but in themselves as individuals.

Some of our past performances have included “Disney’s Aladdin, Kids,”  “Disney’s The Lion King, Kids,”  “Pirates: The Musical,” and “A Barnyard Moosical.”   Last year, the KABE Chamber Choir performed at the Edward Kennedy Institute!

More information about the KABE Performing Arts Program can be obtained by contacting Founding Performing Arts teacher Linda Rae Krov –

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*In 2016, a new metric was put into place to redefine low income. In the past, income status was based on eligibility for free or reduced priced meals. Because of this new methodology, the number of economically disadvantaged students is lower than other years. Our student body has not changed. This new metric is simply a shift from one valid measure to another.

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  • Special Education: 12%
  • English Language Learners: 33%
  • Hispanic: 27%
  • Black: 70%
  • White: 1%
  • Other Ethnicity: 2%
  • Receive Free or Reduced Priced Lunch*: 100%

  • School Leader: Tommy Blain
  • Phone: 617-393-5682
  • Fax: 617-652-7461
  • Address:

    37 Babson Street
    Mattapan, MA 02126

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