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"Our student's stories matter. Their communities, families, hopes and dreams matter. Where they are as human beings matters first and foremost and that's why where they learn matters." nikki barnes, principal, kipp academy boston middle school

cover photo courtesy melora balson


Dear Friends, In 2010, KIPP Massachusetts was one school with a 25% projected student college graduation rate. Today, we are five schools and our class of 2016 has a 55% projected college graduation rate, more than 6x the graduation rate of educationally underserved students across the country. Our middle school class of 2020 was the highest achieving cohort in our school’s history. Our Lynn and Boston elementary school students are eliminating the achievement gap at the beginning of their K-12 education. Our students and families embody faith in a version of America that says all of us will rise together and that working hard and being kind to one another matters. This report doesn’t include all the student stories behind the numbers. A student, like Hector, who is the first in their family to graduate from college, transforms a family aspiration into an expectation for the brothers, sisters, and cousins that follow. A student, like Welkeiry, making her growth target, experiences a fundamental shift in self-conception that no number can capture. The numbers tell a story of great progress and we know there is always more to our students’ story than what we can capture in a graph. KIPP MA families are the most civically engaged of all parents in the MA charter sector. While we failed to convince voters across the state to lift the charter cap, our families will continue to advocate for great schools. To further support our students, we doubled family and community learning programs. Our students and families deserve great teaching every day and they deserve a diverse, skilled group of teachers and leaders. In order to sustain and grow the great teachers we have already, we added 24 Teaching Fellows to our classrooms this year, with plans to grow to a total of 40-50 fellows over the next few years. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of our Teaching Fellows are people of color. Ninety percent (90%) of Teaching Fellows who were offered a teaching position with KIPP MA accepted it and all are still teaching at KIPP MA. As we look toward the future, we are confident we can serve 2x the number of students we have today and their families and serve them better than ever. Thank you for supporting the growth of our KIPPsters and our schools over these past eleven years. The promise and potential of our students is unlimited and we will never stop working alongside them. Many thanks, Much love,

Caleb Dolan



HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS We make a promise to students, families, and communities that a KIPP K-12 education will help them graduate from college and achieve lives of independence and impact. In order to keep that promise we need to be urgent about student progress now and sustain excellence for the future. These six questions allow us to see if we are keeping our promises and hold us accountable to KIPPsters now and to all the KIPPsters we will serve in the future.




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KIPP Massachusetts is part of a national non-profit network of college preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students with an 11-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

What is KIPP? KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a 20-year track record of preparing our students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. At KIPP, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal—college graduation. Through our collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than students of similar economic backgrounds. Today, there are 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 80,000 students on their path to and through college.

What Makes KIPP Different? We believe that all students can learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our success is driven by:

1. High Expectations Clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that creates and reinforces a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and learning is based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.

2. Strength of Character Success in life depends on more than academic learning. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success. And we empower them to express their voice and improve the world around them.

4. Safe & Structured Environments Physical and emotional safety is needed for students to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions so our students love school and maximize their learning.

5. KIPP Through College Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college.

3. Highly-Skilled Teachers and Leaders Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our school teams and invest in leadership and training rather than in bureaucracy.


“When I came to Lynn from the Dominican Republic at 10 years old, I didn’t speak English. Like a lot of kids in Lynn and similar cities around the country, I passed 4th grade although I was barely reading, writing and speaking English until I was lucky enough to get into KIPP. Today, thanks to the teachers and leaders at KIPP, I am reading at an advanced level, planning to attend a college like Bates and when I graduate, I plan to return to Lynn to help more students like me." hector lopez, kipp academy lynn collegiate 12th grader


are we serving the children we set out to serve ?


total students in 2016-17 There is tremendous student and family demand for our schools. This year, lottery applications increased through a strong outreach campaign to approximately 3 applications per available seat. We continue to educate students who reflect the demographics of the districts where we serve. We have increased the numbers of English Language Learners and Special Needs students that we serve in Lynn and Boston. Our Boston rates are above the district.

93100+ 91%

african american / latino

%* 50 economically



% 16 receive special

% 29 english language

education services


criteria to apply


enrollment form


entrance exams


tuition or fees

*This year 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.


are our children staying with us ?



student attrition Our students stay with us at higher rates than at traditional district schools and at comparable rates to our local charter school peers.

"KIPP made a commitment to families that they would be there every step of the way during the crucial years of my children's education and they have kept their promise. As a parent that has tried traditional public schools, private school and now charter, I believe that I can state unequivocally that KIPP is the real deal." cassandra rhea kipp academy boston parent of 8th grader, arianna west


KIPP MA offers a rich and challenging academic curriculum with opportunities for sports, arts, leadership and family and community learning so our students and their families stay with us year after year. Andy Acevedo, 10th grader, struggled with discipline in middle school but has grown into one of our strongest KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate school leaders. KIPP MA students are supported by parents, many of whom are the most active and engaged charter school advocates in the greater Boston community. Through our growing community learning programs, KIPP MA families are learning how to advocate for themselves and to support their children's education.

Apolinar Sierra's family became a part of KIPP when Matthew, now an 11th grader at KALC, entered KAL in the 5th grade. Two siblings joined Matthew and two more will soon follow. Apolinar became a regular visitor to school, a champion for equity in education and a KIPP family leader, constantly supporting efforts to foster collaboration and strong relationships between teachers and parents. His wife, Nubia, is learning English in our family and community learning program. Like many of our parents, Apolinar and Nubia feel welcome, and that they have a voice at KIPP. apolinar sierra and fellow kipp parent, natasha megie-maddrey 7

are our children progressing and achieving academically ?

what does monumental growth look like? In order to serve more children, their families and the surrounding communities, and offer excellence in education to all, we are focused on monumental growth and achievement over the next 10 years. To do this, we need to build on the strong starts to realize monumental achievement as our elementary schools grow. Overall literacy growth at both middle schools was strong and our student growth was amongst the highest in the nation's strongest charter sector. We want to ensure all student cohorts experience consecutive years of strong growth to realize monumental achievement. Yearly academic growth that adds up to our student's achievement will ensure that 75% of our students will graduate college, thereby putting KIPPsters on par with students from affluent communities and closing the opportunity gap.

kindergartener stepTM reading results

15+ K + 85 18++N82

(strategic teaching and evaluation of progress)*


% 80 step 3

or higher

Achieving STEP 3 or higher in literacy by the end of Kindergarten puts these students on track to meet or exceed state reading standards helping them reach literacy proficiency by 3rd grade. kipp academy boston elementary 82% kipp academy lynn elementary 85%

* STEP™ (Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress), is a system aimed at helping all children reach literacy proficiency by the third grade through onsite training for educators, student growth and performance data at the classroom, school-wide, district and network levels, and many additional resources. 8

Teachers, Jephte Pierre and Megan Sanchez, alongside other teachers and staff, put in hours of work with Welkeiry on name-writing alone. Thanks to all KIPP team and family members who helped Welkeiry, including her older brother who helped her at home, she is now on a different pathway. Instead of continuing to intervene on name-writing, Megan and Jephte can move on to the subsequent reading skills Welkeiry will need to continue to grow. 9


photo courtesy of stephen maclone

KALC had strong achievement in Spanish Language, US History and World History AP exams, performing twice as well as the U.S. Minority Average and surpassing the U.S. Average by more than 10% in all 3 subjects. Our long-term growth plan for student outcomes is for 85% of our students to pass AP Calculus and AP English Language and Composition.

are our children progressing and achieving academically ?

what does monumental growth look like? Overall PARCC test growth at both middle schools was strong putting us on par with other top performing charter schools Brooke and Excel. We will continue to monitor all student cohorts to ensure they experience consecutive years of strong growth to realize monumental achievement.

PARCC RESULTS (partnership for assessment of readiness for college and career)

monumental achievement • KIPP Academy Lynn's class of 2020 had the 10th highest PARCC Math achievement in the state out of 311 schools. With 3+ years of strong growth, our students reached achievement levels higher than affluent districts like Swampscott, Milton and Concord. • KIPP Academy Lynn's class of 2021 had the 10th highest PARCC Math achievement in the state. Our seventh graders out-achieved Boston Latin Academy, an exam school that only admits students with high scores.

monumental growth • KIPP Academy Lynn's class of 2021 had the 2nd highest Math student growth percentile in the state. • KIPP Academy Boston class of 2020 had the 5th highest Math student growth percentile in the state. • KIPP Academy Boston had the 13th highest ELA student growth percentile in the state for grades 3-8 out of 243 districts. • KIPP Academy Boston had the 10th Math highest student growth percentile in the state for grades 3-8 out of 243 districts. • KIPP Academy Lynn had the 13th Math highest student growth percentile in the state for grades 3-8 out of 243 districts


are our alumni climbing the mountain to and through college ?



class of 2016 graduated from kipp academy lynn collegiate We improved college match on nearly every measure increasing achievement scores and the number of scholarships and financial aid received, for the class of 2016. As a result, our students are more likely to graduate from college than ever before.

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CLASS OF 2016 MATRICULATIONS matriculated to a 4 year college


matriculated to a 2 year college


year up


Our 2nd class of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, 12th grade completers, are out-performing their kipp national peers with 88% enrolling in a 4-year institution. Our 1st class of 2012, KIPP Academy Lynn Alumni achieved a ba attainment rate of 38%.


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our alumni from this 38% of class will be attending

of our alumni from this class are projected to graduate from four-year colleges

a kipp partner school

our college freshmen 54% of are paying less than

Class of 2016

more than 6x the graduation rate of educationally underserved students across the country.

$6,000 a year.

kipp academy lynn collegiate graduates


of whom are paying less than $2,000 a year.

to and through college matriculation rates

94% 94%




67% 64%






graduate high matriculated to school college kipp ma kipp nation-wide national average

10% graduate from a 4yr college low-income average

Kipp academy lynn Expected College Completion rates* expected college completion rates



students served


25% 2005

55% students served


2016 total students served


gisnael silva (pictured), kipp academy lynn collegiate 10th grader


photo courtesy of melora balson

“The college counseling team has already started working with me on my college preparations helping me practice for the ACT test and advising me on what to write about in my college essay. They have also guided me and my family towards finding the best financial aid package available.�

Class of 2016 colleges kipp national partners

Brown University Davidson College Duke University Franklin and Marshall College Lycoming College St. Edward’s University

kipp ma regional partners

photo courtesy of stephen maclone

Champlain College Lesley University Newbury College University of Massachusetts Amherst

all others

Bates College Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bowie State University Brandeis University Carleton College Clark Atlanta University College for America: Southern New Hampshire University Dickinson College Fitchburg State University Framingham State University Husson University Lawrence University Mass College of Liberal Arts Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

North Shore Community College Norwich University Providence College Regis College Salem State University Tufts University Union College University of Massachusetts Dartmouth University of Massachusetts Lowell Wentworth Institute of Technology Westfield State University Year Up Boston

Lillian Gonzales, Posse scholar, Michelle Uchendu and Favour Ofuokwu, celebrate here in early November, after submitting their first college applications to Union, Duke and Georgetown. Duke and Georgetown are KIPP Partner schools. To continue giving our students the support they need through college, we partner with institutions that also believe that a student’s zip code and family income shouldn’t dictate whether he or she will go to or complete college. 15

Principal Barnes has been with KIPP for 8 years. She started teaching at KIPP Gaston Prep in North Carolina in 2008, then moved north to teach 6th grade Humanities at KIPP Academy Boston where she became Dean of Students in 2014, Assistant Principal in 2015 and is now Principal. 16

are we building a sustainable people model ?

We are committed to building a diverse and equitable staff. A huge part of it is recruiting and hiring staff of color. We moved the recruitment cycle earlier in the year, leading to more hires earlier than ever before. In SY17 we will add nuance to retention measures to ensure we are keeping our best people.

KIPP MA staff 300



staff retention

total staff

staff members

Even though our staff has grown dramatically over the last 5 years, this growth has not affected staff retention.

39 staff members 2005



harriett ball excellence in teaching The Harriett Ball Excellence in Teaching Award, named after KIPP co-founders, Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg's mentor, recognizes outstanding teachers from the KIPP network. The winning teachers, nominated by their school leaders, were recognized for their leadership in and dedication to improving outcomes for students in educationally underserved communities. The following KIPP MA leaders have won the Harriett Ball award: 1. Angela D'Angelo, principal kipp academy lynn collegiate 2. Joel Hector, assistant principal kipp academy lynn elementary 3. Shauna Mulligan, 10th grade kipp academy lynn collegiate english language arts teacher 4. Kristen Russell, 8th grade kipp academy boston reading teacher 5. Jennifer Stocklin, 11th grade kipp academy lynn collegiate english, language arts teacher

Developing Leaders

15+85+N 50+50+N 50++N50 85%

50% 50%

school leaders who taught at kipp

school leaders who identify as person of color

of our leaders, principals, asst principals trained at either kipp school leadership program (kslp), or received a fisher or miles family fellowship


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are we building a sustainable people model ?

kipp ma teaching fellows spend a year in a classroom with a highly-effective kipp teacher, observing and practicing all of the components of effective and reflective teaching. Over the course of the year, our teaching fellows gradually take on responsibilities, learning and practicing components of teaching in real classrooms with the coaching and support they need. They are committed to ensuring all students in the Boston area have access to a high quality education.

Teaching fellows


teaching fellow identify as person of color kipp alumni







why we invest in teaching fellows



to be considered for a lead teaching position teaching fellows must master

• Student results improve when their teacher has more than one year of experience

• Classroom Management

• We can recruit from a larger and more diverse pipeline

• Professionalism

• Ensure teaching excellence and readiness 18



• Lesson Execution • Lesson Planning and Materials • Leadership



“I came to KIPP MA as an alumni. After graduating college this year, I wanted to return to KIPP to give back to the community that helped raise me. I also wanted to serve as a leader and representative of KIPP because I persevered through KIPP Through College (KTC) and want to encourage other students to persevere too. It has been challenging working as a Teaching Fellow for young Kindergärtners but worth it knowing I’m making an impact on student’s lives. Seeing the smiles on my student’s faces every day motivates me to be better for them. I would like to be an author and professor at an ivy league institution someday." chyna hope, kipp academy lynn elementary teaching fellow 19

“KIPP has been an amazing opportunity for Joshua. I'm happy and sad at the same time. I'm happy because my son is getting amazing opportunities, educationally and socially, and h getting the extra help he needs so he can achieve be prepared to go to college. I’m sad because my da is not getting the opportunities and help that he's g She’s not getting the extra services that he's getting fear it will limit her possibilities.”

shellina semexant with her kids, janae (ag joshua (age 6), and jianna (age 4)

Janae is in Boston Public Schools. Joshua and Jianna atte KIPP Academy Boston Elementary. After being placed o the waiting list for four years with Janae, Joshua finally got in through the random lottery this year.


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we will reach our long term goals


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our results

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we are doing to reach our long term goals

students achieve an act score of


An ACT score of 24 or higher correlates to a high likelihood of college graduation.

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by 2027


the percentage of high school graduates will be truly college ready.


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By 2027, we will achieve

65+35+M 85+15+M 95+5+M 85+15+M % 65 participation

% 85 pass rate

% 95 participation

% 85 pass rate

ap calculus

ap calculus

ap language

ap language


are we building a sustainable financial model ?


by 2020 our schools will be sustainable on public funding


3 2

BY 2020




in the kipp ma network

schools in the kipp ma network

all fully enrolled & sustainable on public funding

fully enrolled & sustainable on public funding are still opening new grades over the next 3 years






$20.1M $16.1M $11.9M $8.7M






public funding



private funding




private philanthropy supports our investment in our: • Teaching Fellows Program • Family and Community Learning Program • Growing number of Alumni • Early growth of each new school until it reaches full enrollment


are we building a sustainable financial model ?

Gratitude FY16 Operating Revenue Public Per-Pupil Allocation

FY16 Operating Expenses $

Public Other Private Other Income TOTAL REVENUE


Instructional & Student Costs







1,136,407 $



foundations 59% individual 38% corporations 3%

of budgets are managed at the discretion of

kipp ma school leaders






59+38+3A 77+13+10M revenue




instructional and student costs 77% administration 13% facilities 10%


of budgets are managed at the discretion of school leaders in

traditional district schools nationwide

WITH GRATITUDE, WE RECOGNIZE OUR SUPPORTERS july 1, 2015 – june 30, 2016 | annual fund

foundations and corporations Abrams Foundation Accenture Alfred E. Chase Charity Foundation Alger Candlelight Giving Program AmazonSmile Foundation Ananda Fund Box Tops For Education Cabot Corporation Foundation Carousel Kids Cummings Foundation One World Boston Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation EdVestors Egan Family Foundation General Electric Matching Gifts Global Foundation, FM Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation Hestia Fund Jacobson Family Foundation KIPP Foundation Liberty Mutual Foundation Lululemon Usa Inc. Move The World Foundation Museum Of Science Newman's Own Foundation RJK Foundation Sally Foss and James Scott Hill Foundation Santander Bank Foundation St. Joseph's Parish Staples State Street Foundation Target Corporation The Boston Foundation The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation The Sunflower Foundation Van Otterloo Family Foundation Walton Family Foundation individuals Abramson, Joel and Mary Adadevoh, Murielle A. Bagnall, Caroline Kane Baldwin, Bob Barry, Neil Beecher, Tom and Karin Birtwell, Edwin P.

Borchard, Douglas Busch, Emily Carmosino, Christopher and Jennifer Buris Coppola, Jim and Janet Darling, Nelson Davis, Mike and Karen DeAngelo, Anthony Deveaux, Jon and Faith Doben, Carin and Douglas Dolan, Philip and Susan Durkee, Don Espanola, Diana Fates, Richard and Linda Fernandez, Amanda and Richard DeTuccio Fitzgerald, Thomas and Shelia Florentino, Jennifer Flores, Trinidad Fortmann, Tom and Carla Foster, John and Lila Freeman, Alan and Lyn Furst, Ethel R. Galli, Susan and Thurber, Mark S. Gartley, Lee and Tina Gelfand, Mark Glazer, Robert Goldman, Barbara Goldman, Bozie and Maxine Harris, Sue Harvey, Karen Helies, Tony Hudson, John Hutter, Ron Jacobson, Joanna Johnson, Stephanie Kane, Susan and John Kendall, Mike and Alida Kendall, Robert and Janet Kennedy, Laurie Klein, Anthony and Barbara Knowlton, Bill Lee, Janie Levy, Jay and Rivers, Karen Lim, Shenkiat Lin, Karen Lindsey, Lynn Lynn, Joshua

Madorsky, Jerry and Karen Marshall L Wallace D M D McKee, Skip and Meg Reynolds McKenzie, Ramona McNamara, Kevin and Monica McPhail, Morton and Suzanne Monroe, Ric Moore, Katherine Moore, Kathleen Moquete, Reinier Munro, Margery Murray J. and Jean Swindell Norwood, Bryan and Ashley Parkos, Jennifer Pickering, Kelly and Rick Reynolds, Kate Riordan, Thomas P Salter, Robert and Ruth Samuels, Maurice and Luly Sano, William Schlesinger, Richard and Sheila Schwartz, Arthur and Linda Schwarzenbach, Peter and Priscilla Seider, Amanda Smith, Edwin Turk Soule, Sallie T. Spector, Brian and Stephanie Spillane, Rick and Joanne Stevenson, Fredi Stevenson, Jayne Svenson, Eric and Sarah Swindell, Sharon and Desmond, Jeffrey Thomas Wagner, Amanda Thorndike, John and Kathryn Price Tooke, Michael Walkey, Rod and Catherine Wayne, Barry and Nancy Weltner, Jack and Linda Whitmore, John and Wade Willmott, Clark and Sheila Willmott, Peter S. and Michele Wilson, Janet M Wolk, Howard Zoia, David and Susan Zorn, Jonathan

note: we completed our growth fund campaign in fy15. committed pledge payments continue to be received in fy16.

caleb dolan

executive director

sarah drezek

managing director of schools, lynn

LEADERSHIP TEAM emily rodriguez

managing director of schools, boston

alexis rosado

mekka smith chief of staff

kevin taylor

chief operating officer

kipp through college director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS michael kendall, chair

skip besthoff

ceo, inbound writer

amanda fernandez

partner, goodwin procter, llp

amanda seider, vice chair

doug borchard

trinidad flores

jennifer davis

eric svenson

chief of staff, massachusetts regional team at teach for america

managing director, new profit inc.

joel abramson

senior associate, national policy and partnerships, education redesign lab, harvard school of education

owner, j&j sales and marketing

tom beecher

president & ceo, cartera commerce

caleb dolan

founder, latinos for education vice president, liberty mutual managing partner, broder properties

reinier moquete, fellow ceo advoqt

executive director, kipp ma


90 High Rock Street Lynn, Massachusetts 01902 26 courtesy of stephen maclone photo

KIPP Massachusetts 2016 Annual Report  
KIPP Massachusetts 2016 Annual Report