KIPP Academy Boston (KAB)
In 2012, we expanded our reach in the MA region to the City of Boston, where we opened KIPP Academy Boston Middle School (KAB), the third school in our network. The school is temporarily located in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, with plans to open a permanent building for grades K-8 in Mattapan in 2016. We currently serve 216 middle school students in grades 5-7 and will, when at full enrollment, serve nearly 300 students.
As part of the larger KIPP:MA network, KAB 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.
- Grades Served5-8
Because our incoming 5th graders to KIPP Academy Boston Middle School have not had the benefit of a KIPP K-4 elementary school education, two thirds enter KAB below grade-level standards of proficiency. Our focus in the lower grades of KAB, therefore, is on getting our students up to grade level to get them on the growth trajectory necessary to attend a competitive 4 year college or university. In grades 6-8, our focus shifts to increasing academic outcomes beyond grade levels to better position our students for the rigorous academics and advanced placement in high school.
Consistent with KAB’s ethos of earning, students receive weekly “paychecks” for exhibiting behavior consistent with KIPP’s seven highly predictive character traits. High paychecks are rewarded with educational field-trips, end-of-the-week assemblies, and other fun enrichment activities that infuse joy into their school experience.
Exit tickets are automated, end-of-lesson assessments are used in all grades to gauge objective mastery. We utilize the student information system Illuminate to access real time information to make use of technology and data to drive instruction.
Students meet daily with their advisor and 10-12 of their peers for open discussion, ranging from challenges and celebrations in the classroom, to family issues. These small group connections help to build stronger relationships with both fellow students and teachers. Students maintain the same advisory groups throughout their entire time in high school.
At the present time, we have no KIPP based options for our future 9th grade students. Although our aim is to provide a full K-12 education to the students Boston, we are, for the time being, unable to do so due to the current legislative cap on charter school seats. While we may not yet be able to serve students at all grade levels, we are dedicated to serving and supporting students while they are at KIPP and beyond at alternate high schools and on the college and career paths of their choice. We are not giving up on our commitment to a full K-12 education for all our KIPPsters, and will continue to advocate for legislative change and for more high performing schools in the communities that need them most.