2014–15 ANNUAL REPORT
Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters, The 2014–15 school year was an incredible year of growth for KIPP Delta Public Schools. By increasing our staffing, expanding our facilities, and adding a new school, we have expanded our ability and capacity to reach more of the children who need us most. While growing to serve over 1,300 students, we continued to provide an educational experience that is putting our students on a trajectory to and through college. Instances and examples of growth were plentiful throughout the 2014–15 school year. Thanks to donor support, we were able to complete an addition to our elementary building that included four new classrooms. KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School, our second high school, opened and began serving its first ninth graders. Hendrix College became KIPP Delta’s fourth college partner—significantly contributing to the Class of 2015 receiving over $1.3 million in partner scholarships and aid. KIPP Delta students met or exceeded typical fallto-spring growth targets at a rate higher than the national average in 83% of tested areas. We are excited and optimistic about what this growth means for our reach, impact, and effectiveness in the communities we serve. About 45% of the graduates from the Class of 2010 (our first graduating class) are on pace to graduate four-year college within six years—more than four times our nation’s low–income average. Over the next 15-30 years, our goal is to see the students we serve graduate from college at the same rate (80%) as students from top-income quintile households across the nation. To obtain this goal, we must relentlessly focus our collective regional efforts on this mark. Within this report, you will be presented with a snapshot of our progress through the lens of KIPP’s Six Essential Questions—a set of questions used by the national KIPP network that help us measure progress, keep us focused as we grow, and guide us in helping our students’ futures shine brighter. Thank you for your belief in our mission. I look forward to continuing to share our successes, our challenges, and our progress toward our goals throughout the coming years. With gratitude,
Founder & Executive Director KIPP Delta Public Schools
KIPP Delta at a Glance
Big Hairy Audacious Goal The Six Essential Questions
Question 1 Question 2
Question 3 Question 4
Question 5 Question 6
Builders of a Better Tomorrow
Watching my students grow academically, socially, mentally, and emotionally is a joy, and I would not trade these experiences for the world.” ---------------
DAMIEN MYERS // Ninth-Grade Chair, Biology, Chemistry KIPP BLYTHEVILLE COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL
KIPP DELTA AT A GLANCE KIPP DELTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS is a growing network of charter schools offering a free, college-preparatory education to children in the Arkansas Delta. KIPP Delta Public Schools began in 2002 with 65 students. In the 2014–15 school year, we served over 1,300 students across five schools in Helena and Blytheville. In the 2015–16 school year, we will serve over 1,400 students across six schools in Helena, Blytheville, and Forrest City. OUR VISION is to create a paradigm shift in the Delta by establishing centers of academic excellence that will compete with the top educational programs in the country. This will not only encourage current residents to stay and pursue academic excellence in their own community, but also entice newcomers to seek academic opportunity in the heart of the Delta. THE MISSION of KIPP Delta Public Schools is to create and support schools that empower students from underserved communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity.
OUR SCHOOLS KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy // Pre-K–Grade 4 // Helena-West Helena, AR KIPP Delta College Preparatory School // Grades 5-8 // Helena-West Helena, AR KIPP Delta Collegiate High School // Grades 9-12 // Helena-West Helena, AR KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School // Grades 4-8 // Blytheville, AR KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School // Grade 9-10* // Blytheville, AR
[*GRADE 10 ADDED IN 2015–16]
KIPP Forrest City College Preparatory School* // Grade 5 // Forrest City, AR
[*SCHOOL ADDED IN 2015–16]
across the country 20 states (and the District of Columbia) 183 schools 70,000 students states with KIPP schools
My teachers at KIPP have encouraged me, and never stopped believing in me, so I have become more confident and am better at thinking for myself. ---------------
MAACHIAH ASKEW // Class of 2023
KIPP BLYTHEVILLE COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
I teach at KIPP Delta because of my students. I feel encouraged when they achieve success, I am inspired when they overcome challenges, and I stay humbled by their constant desire for growth. My students have told me that they are future doctors, teachers, and presidents of the United States. I consider it a privilege to keep such distinguished company, and I am honored by the opportunity to be their teacher. ---------------
DAVID MAKITA // Third-Grade Chair
KIPP DELTA ELEMENTARY LITERACY ACADEMY
OUR BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL The students we serve will graduate from college at the same rate (80%) as students from top-income quintile households across the nation. A Big Hairy Audacious Goal, or BHAG, is an audacious 10-to-30-year goal that captures an envisioned future. Our BHAG will not be achieved overnight and will require an incredible effort on behalf of our entire Team and Family. We must relentlessly focus our collective regional efforts on building momentum toward reaching this BHAG.
THE SIX ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS To help measure our progress toward this BHAG and our stability, we consistently ask ourselves the Six Essential Questions—a set of questions used by the national KIPP network that help us measure progress, keep us focused as we grow, and guide us in helping our students’ futures shine brighter. The following pages dive deeper into these questions.
QUESTION 1 ARE WE SERVING THE CHILDREN WHO NEED US?
UESTION 4 Q ARE OUR ALUMNI CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN TO AND THROUGH COLLEGE?
QUESTION 2 ARE OUR STUDENTS STAYING WITH US?
UESTION 5 Q ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE PEOPLE MODEL?
UESTION 3 Q ARE OUR STUDENTS PROGRESSING AND ACHIEVING ACADEMICALLY?
UESTION 6 Q ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL MODEL?
Each teacher I encounter at KIPP challenges me to grow above and beyond what I expect, even when I struggle. --------------LY HOANG // Class of 2019 KIPP BLYTHEVILLE COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL
Before KIPP, I didn’t know what a college was. Now I know that college is a place I want to go. ---------------
JERAMI BENNETT // Class of 2020
KIPP BLYTHEVILLE COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ARE WE SERVING THE CHILDREN WHO NEED US?
1,342 Students Served
[2014–15 AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP]
90% Qualified for free or reduced-price meals [MAY 2015]
92% African American 6% White 2% Other [MAY 2015]
11% Received special education services [MAY 2015]
1 Elementary School 3 Middle Schools 2 High Schools [SEPTEMBER 2015]
ARE OUR STUDENTS STAYING WITH US?
79% Stayed with KIPP Delta
10% Relocated out of charter boundary or proximity
[STUDENT RETENTION FROM 10.1.14–10.1.15]
KIPP has an amazing support system and provides many opportunities that have helped me grow. ---------------
SEBRON MOODY // Class of 2018
KIPP DELTA COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL
ARE OUR STUDENTS PROGRESSING AND ACHIEVING ACADEMICALLY? Percent of Students Meeting Growth Targets in Math and Reading NATIONAL AVERAGE 50%
This graph represents all KIPP Delta Public Schools students who took the MAP test in fall of 2014 and again in spring of 2015. MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is an exam that compares a student’s growth relative to a nationally representative comparison group.
Average ACT Scores 20.1 KIPP DELTA (100% of 2015 KIPP Delta graduates tested) 20.4 ARKANSAS (93% of 2015 Arkansas graduates tested) 21 NATIONAL (59% of 2015 U.S. graduates tested) The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015 | act.org http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/cccr15/pdf/CCCR15-NationalReadinessRpt.pdf
ARE OUR ALUMNI CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN TO AND THROUGH COLLEGE?
190 KIPP Delta Alumni
% of students who GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL
% of students who START COLLEGE
% of students who COMPLETE 4-YEAR COLLEGE
90 (Class of 2015)
94 (Class of 2015 graduates)
U.S. and low-income averages from KIPP 2015 Report Card // *Within six years; projected rate based on our first graduating class (2010)
KIPP Delta Alumni Persisting in college, enlisted in the military, participating in national service, or who have graduated from a 2- or 4-year college.
in financial aid and scholarship awarded to the class of 2015 by KIPP college partners.
becomes KIPP Delta’s fourth college partner!
My co-workers are positive and encouraging. Our teachers are amazing. I am proud to say I am a part of the KIPP family! ---------------
CARLA BIVENS // Back Office Manager KIPP BLYTHEVILLE SCHOOLS
I’ve been afforded professional opportunities that I never received anywhere else. As a result, I am a better person and better teacher. ---------------
MARQUITA FORD // Fifth-Grade Chair, Fifth-Grade Math KIPP DELTA COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
As an African-American male teaching AP Calculus in the Arkansas Delta, I am privileged to show students what challenging stereotypes looks like every day. In doing so, I hope to inspire students to do the same. ---------------
NATHAN WHITFIELD // Twelfth-Grade Chair, PreCalculus, AP Calculus, Statistics KIPP DELTA COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL
ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE PEOPLE MODEL?
204 KIPP Delta Staff
Teachers, Instructional Aides
11.5% Region-Level Support Staff
5.5% School-Site Support Staff
Food Service, Transportation, Campus Care
6.5% School-Level Leadership
3.5% KIPP Through College, Counselors
62% African American 35% White 3% Other
Staff and teachers working on 9/1/13 and hired until 4/30/14, who were still working on 9/1/2015.
ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL MODEL? Annual Guaranteed Per-Pupil Revenue (from State of Arkansas & Federal Government) Traditional Public Schools
Public Charter Schools
Office for Education Policy, Policy Brief 11-1: Traditional Public School and Charter School Funding. University of Arkansas, 10 Oct. 2014. Web [http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/TPS-Charter-Funding-Updated.pdf]
Revenue [2015–16] 61%
Expenses [2015–16] 63%
Salaries & Benefits
» Met Board-Approved Ending Cash Target » Unqualified Audit with Zero Significant Deficiencies and Material Weaknesses » Met Board-Approved Fundraising Goals for Annual Campaign 12
BUILDERS OF A BETTER TOMORROW
KIPP Delta thanks the following individuals, foundations, and businesses who supported our students and schools during the 2014–15 school year. Each of you truly are builders of a better tomorrow.
Gifts of $100,000+ KIPP Foundation Mr. Michael Morton Walton Family Foundation
Gifts of $25,000-$99,999 Mr. and Mrs. Tom Faust Jr. Nucor Arkansas Southern Bancorp Inc. Windgate Charitable Foundation
Gifts of $10,000-$24,999 Arkansas Department of Education Mr. Cotter Cunningham and Mrs. Edie Rogat Mr. and Mrs. Dick Hendrix Representative Monte Hodges Monsanto Fund
Gifts of $5,000-$9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cunningham Entergy Farmers Bank & Trust Goldman, Sachs and Co., Mr. Nick Giovanni Mr. Denny Jarrett JMS Russel Metals Corp. Morgan Stanley, Mr. Edward Liu Ready Foundation Trust RetailMeNot Inc. Ms. Lisenne Rockefeller Sam’s Club
Gifts of $1,000-$4,999
Achieve3000 Inc. Aircraft Demolition Inc. Ms. M. Christine Allen Arkansas Secretary of State Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Aviation Repair Technologies Mr. Roger Bryles Cache Valley Electric Co. Mr. Robert Cousin Cromwell Architects D&L Inc. Delta Dental of Arkansas Mr. Brett Dixon Dollar General Literacy Foundation Dr. and Dr. Stephen Pirtle East Arkansas Family Health Center
Fidelity Investments, Mr. Shen Lim Mr. and Mrs. Jim Frazier Graeber Foundation Ms. Meaghan Graul Great River Economic Development H and M Lumber Company, Mr. Walter Morris Jr. Hargraves Insurance Agency Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Bev Hargraves Hays Food Town Inc. Helena Marine Service, Mrs. Jane Russell Hickory Hill Pharmacy, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pat Wright Mr. and Mrs. Donald Houseworth Hudson Cisne and Co. LLP The Hussman Foundation Mr. Douglas Jeffries Mr. Rami Kassessieh Kinder Morgan Foundation King Farms Matthews Aviation Consultants Mississippi County Electric Cooperative Mississippi County Hospital System Mr. and Mrs. Walter Morris Sr. Nabholz Construction Services Phillips County Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Carl Phipps Mr. Baxter Sharp Mr. and Mrs. Brian Sheth Mr. and Mrs. John Shirey Mr. and Mrs. Rayman Solomon Strategic Air Finance Systems Contracting Corporation Mr. Anthony Thomas TMK IPSCO Tubulars Inc. Turley Charitable Trust University of Arkansas VAS Aero Services Verizon Foundation William Demoret Trust Wired! Mr. and Mrs. Mike Wright Mr. and Mrs. Randy Zook
Gifts up to $1,000
KIPP Delta Public Schools is grateful to our many supporters who contributed at this level. Thank you for being a part of our Team and Family! KIPP Delta appreciates all of our donors and supporters. Please let us know if we have inadvertently omitted your name or made an error.
Thank you to KIPP Delta’s Board of Directors and ad hoc committee members for your service to our students, schools, and region.
KIPP Delta Board of Directors (2015-16) Vince Billingsley Capital Financial Service Group Cathy Cunningham (Secretary) Southern Bancorp Community Partners Don Frieson Sam’s Club Bill Glaser Nucor Steel Robin Houseworth Houseworth Hotels Lisa John-Adams Nucor Steel Chalk Mitchell (Vice-Chair) Attorney Ron Nurnberg Teach for America Baxter Sharp Sharp & Sharp Law Firm Representative Darrin Williams Southern Bancorp Joseph K. Wood Deputy Secretary of State Kristen Collier Wright AutoZone Inc. Randy Zook (Board Chair) Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; Associated Industries of Arkansas
Ad Hoc Committee Members (2015-16) Chris Allen Regional Development Committee Chris Bell Finance Committee Linda Lu Hargraves Helena Development Committee Megan Hargraves Regional Development Committee Randy Henderson Blytheville Development Committee Bettye Hendrix Helena Events Committee Rosanne Hindsley Helena Events Committee Mary Gay Shipley Blytheville Development Committee Linda Murdock Helena Events Committee Liz Smith Blytheville Development Committee Mike Wright Governance & Nominating Committee Lanina Watson Blytheville Development Committee
With your support, in 2014–15, we completed an addition to our elementary building (pictured) that included four new classrooms!
I realized one day that my teachers were really trying to help me—I was going to have to pay attention and work hard if I was going to get to college. ---------------
ZAKYRAH SMITH // Class of 2023
KIPP DELTA ELEMENTARY LITERACY ACADEMY
HELENA KIPP DELTA ELEMENTARY LITERACY ACADEMY 215 Cherry Street Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 870-753-9800
KIPP DELTA COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL 514 Missouri Street Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 870-753-9444
KIPP DELTA COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL 320 Missouri Street Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 870-338-8138
BLYTHEVILLE KIPP BLYTHEVILLE COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL 1200 Byrum Road Blytheville, AR 72315 870-780-6333
KIPP BLYTHEVILLE COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL 1200 Byrum Road Blytheville, AR 72315 870-780-6333
KIPP FORREST CITY COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL 637 South Washington Street Forrest City, AR 72335 870-677-6766
KIPP DELTA CENTRAL OFFICE 415 Ohio Street Helena-West Helena, AR 72342 870-753-9035
My teachers know me on a personal level, so they notice when I’m struggling and help me get back on track. ---------------
DAYLAN PERRY // Class of 2020 // [PICTURED ON COVER] KIPP DELTA COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
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Published on Nov 18, 2015