KIPP Academy Boston (KAB)

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 second district in our network. In August 2016, the middle school building became part of our new K-8 campus in Mattapan serving 288 middle school students in grades 5-8.

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.

  • Established2012
  • Grades Served5-8
  • Enrolled288

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.

Exit Tickets

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.

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, LCSW, middle school counselor
lharless@kippma.org
Maya McNamara, LMHC, middle school counselor
mmcnmara@kippma.org
Katie Monroe, LICSW, Director of Counseling, elementary and middle school counselor
kmonroe@kippma.org
Kasha Sarette, LICSW, elementary school counselor
ksarette@kippma.org

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.

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 Stefanie Tucker at stucker@kippma.org.

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 Stefanie Tucker at stucker@kippma.org.


Report Card


*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: 28%
  • English Language Learners: 19%
  • African American/Latino: 99%
  • Economically Disadvantaged*: 58%

  • School Leader: Nikki Barnes
  • Phone: 617-393-5682
  • Fax: 617-652-7461
  • Address:

    37 Babson Street
    Mattapan, MA 02126

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