KIPP Academy Lynn (KAL)
KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School (KAL) was the first school to open in the KIPP:MA network. In 2004, we welcomed a class of 77 5th graders. We now offer a full middle school, serving 487 students in grades 5-8.
As part of the KIPP:MA network, KAL 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
With the absence of KIPP elementary grades in Lynn until fall 2015, two thirds of our incoming 5th graders to KAL are entering below grade-level standards of proficiency. Our focus in the lower grades of KAL, 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.
Designed to ensure all students receive targeted instruction, Power Hour at KAL is a scheduled 60 minute block designated for guided reading and independent reading through small group instruction. All students in the school get targeted reading instruction based on their reading level. The goal of the program is to get all students reading at or above grade level by 8th grade.
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 which has a positive effect on retaining our students. Students maintain the same advisory groups throughout their entire time in middle school.
Special Education Services
KIPP Academy provided 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 Perry at firstname.lastname@example.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 Perry at email@example.com.
*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.