Beliefs at the Core of KIPP Academy

Core Beliefs that Drive Teaching and Learning

While we do not believe good teaching and learning must look one certain way, we do believe that transformational teaching and learning starts with a set of beliefs among adults and students. 


The more connected learning is, the deeper it goes and the longer it lasts.

The more connected teachers are to other teachers, the more impactful they can be.

Learning experiences can and should be varied to meet all learners (and to keep things interesting).

If we can lower the walls between disciplines and subjects, we can increase the connections (and learning) in student brains.

Learning and growing can only happen with specific feedback and intentional practice.

Humans learn best from other humans who care deeply about them.

Students should have a say in what and how they learn.

Some of the most important academic skills cannot be captured in standardized test formats.

Students are unique with unique needs; data can tell us what those needs are.  


Core Beliefs that Drive our Units

Students in each grade progress through 5 cross-curricular thematic units each year. They vary across disciplines, time periods, and locations, but they are built upon a set of shared beliefs among the school community. 


Building a better tomorrow requires successfully educating today’s students.

All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. All.

Every adult and child’s identity and culture are uniquely valuable.

Knowing about problems without doing anything is bystanding; we are upstanders.

We need to focus on the jobs of the future, especially because they are not the same as the jobs from the past.

Things that are functional can (and should) also be beautiful.

We are all immigrants.

We must learn about the discrimination and prejudice in the past to understand how, where, and why it exists in the present.

Gender inequality exists today. Institutional racism exists today.  

Our climate is changing because of humans and humans can do something about it.

Conclusions are valid when they are backed up with carefully collected evidence.


Our Design Anchors

Everything we improve, change, add, tweak, stop, start, or adjust is tied to one of these three concepts:

Relevance in the curriculum

Interconnectedness in learning

Genuine collaboration among teachers



Mission Statement of KIPP Houston Public Schools

To build a better tomorrow, we educate our students with the academic and character skills necessary to thrive in college and lead choice-filled lives.