"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow."
KIPP Academy started in 1994. As the original KIPP school, KIPP Academy commits to staying true to KIPP’s two basic rules — “Be Nice and Work Hard.” We focus on appreciation, patience, humility, standing up for justice, and doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
In 2016, we started to imagine what it would be like to do something different with middle school. Not because KIPP hasn’t been successful - we’ve had excellent teachers, we have great state test scores, incredibly strong student attendance rates - and most importantly our students, who are almost entirely from low income areas, go on to graduate from college at 4 or 5 times the rate of their neighborhood peers.
And still, we knew we had a pretty typical middle school design model. We knew that our kids felt safe walking through our doors every day, but not necessarily excited to learn. We knew that in their hearts, every kid wanted to be successful, but we weren’t able to motivate some kids to make that desire for success into a reality. Even with some kids who were extremely motivated, we weren’t able to provide them with as many college options as we wanted them to have. We also knew that we covered important topics and issues in our classes, but not at the depth that they needed to be covered to really stick and have a transformational impact on our kids' lives.
All these daily realities were proof that the typical middle school model couldn’t be it. And we didn’t want to just make a few small tweaks here and there, as schools usually do from year to year to try to improve. We weren’t interested in taking another hundred years to realize a change from the last hundred years.
So in the spring of 2016, a group consisting of members from the KIPP Academy staff and members of the KIPP Houston Public Schools Regional Service Team began planning on dreaming. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, KIPP Houston Public Schools was one of ten organizations that participated in Transcend Education's first Collaborative. Transcend describes the Collaborative as "a 10-month journey to accelerate their trajectories towards next generation school models." (Learn more on their website)
By the start of the 2017-2018 school year, we had both the commitment and the plans in place to start doing things differently. This website, our Instagram account, and our forthcoming podcast will give you a sense of what some of those things are.
For questions or information regarding KIPP Academy or this web content please contact the School Leader, Andrew Rubin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.