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Annual Report 2013


“I’ve become more of my own person at KALC. I’m involved with track, cheerleading and cross country, so I have to manage my time very well to balance my academics, which is a skill I’ll take with me to college. Making a difference in my school is important to me, so I joined the student council for the opportunity to build my leadership skills. I’m not sure what I’d like to study in college, but I know that I’ve been taking college-preplevel courses here, so I’ll be ready when I do decide. I’m responsible for my own education, and KIPP has helped me realize that having a solid education is key to living a happy life.” Michael vasquez, Class of 2015 KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, Grade 11

“KIPP is different from my last school. I have a lot of homework but the teachers really care about us here and want us to be prepared for college. If I’m having trouble with homework, I can always call my teachers to ask questions. We share our accomplishments every week during Pride Time and get to celebrate like a family.“ Shallen James, class of 2020 KIPP Academy Boston Middle School, Grade 6

“KIPP Through College has supported me both in Lynn and here in New Orleans at Loyola. One of my best friends here went to KIPP Delta in Mississippi. Having classmates who understand what it’s like coming from a KIPP school was really helpful when I came to Loyola, since I was so far from home. As an ambassador, I hope to provide help and support to other KIPPsters that come to New Orleans.” Rachael Espaillat, class of 2012 and kipp college ambassador


Who we are In the Words of Our Executive Director

Dear Team and Family, Last year was a milestone in the growth of KIPP Massachusetts as we moved beyond Lynn for the first time to serve families in Boston. This year over 850 KIPPsters learn across three schools, up from 77 KIPPsters in one school only nine years ago. By 2020, KIPP:MA will serve 2,500 students and their families in six schools. At the end of this growth, our KIPPsters will be enrolled in a K-12 network of schools where 75% of them will graduate from college and all of our children will move on to lives of independence and impact. These are not easy mountains to climb but we revel in the journey. The past year’s efforts gave us lots to celebrate: • A second class of KIPP alumni has now successfully transitioned to their freshman year of college. Seventy-two percent (72%) of the class of 2012 who matriculated to college are persisting this year. • Student retention remained strong across the KIPP:MA region, exceeding our goal of 94%. • Independent research organization Mathematica released a multi-year study in February highlighting that after 3-4 years with a KIPP Middle School, students leave the 8th grade with between 8 and 14 months of additional knowledge in key areas like math and science as compared to their peers at neighboring public schools.

Caleb Dolan Executive Director KIPP Massachusetts

• Our founding class of 72 5th graders and staff at KIPP Academy Boston displayed grit and zest in more than doubling the number of students scoring proficient or advanced on their first KIPP MCAS scores, paving the way for the second year with KAB now serving 144 5th and 6th graders. • KIPP Academy Lynn’s 5th grade Reading, 5th grade Science, and 8th grade Science scores were the best in the school’s history. The current school year brings new opportunities as KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate grows to serve 11th grade for the first time. These class of 2015 students are the first KIPP:MA students to benefit from a KIPP high school education and are showing the strongest student outcomes we have seen with over 50% projected to graduate from college. Imagine if students came to us in Kindergarten, and we were able to eliminate the remediation currently required for 5th grade KIPPsters to reach grade level. In Boston only 19% of students arrive in 5th grade reading and performing math at grade level. This is why we applied to open an elementary school in Lynn, and continue to advocate for lifting the charter cap, which would enable us to open a high school in Boston. We thank you for supporting the growth of our KIPPsters and their schools last year. We will continue to share with you the struggle, progress, and joy within each of our KIPP schools.

Many thanks and much love,

Caleb Dolan Executive Director KIPP Massachusetts







KIPP Academy Lynn (KAL) opens to a group of 77 5th graders in a church basement.

KIPP Academy Lynn reaches full capacity with 327 students in grades 5–8.

The charter cap is raised in Boston. As a proven provider, KIPP:MA is selected as one of a number of charter schools permitted to expand in the city.

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School (KALC) opens in a temporary location in downtown Lynn, serving 96 founding 9th graders and their families. 89% of KALC students score advandced or proficient on their Biology MCAS.







KIPP Academy Boston (KAB) opens to 72 founding 5th graders serving the communities of Mattapan and Roxbury. 100% of the student body is African American or Latino, 21% receive special education support.

The new KIPP Academy Lynn High Rock campus opens on time and under budget. The location serves 588 KIPP Middle and High School students.

KIPP Academy Boston Elementary School (KABE), the first elementary school in the KIPP:MA network, opens serving 80 students and growing to serve 360 students in grades K–4.

The first class of KIPPsters (the Class of 2015) to attend KIPP Lynn for grades 5–12 graduate from KALC and matriculate to college.

86% of the founding Class of 2012 KAL 5th graders head to college.



KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary School (KALE) opens. KIPP students in Lynn benefit from a complete K–12 KIPP education.

75% of KIPP:MA K-12 students are projected to graduate from college. All KIPP:MA schools are sustainable on public funding.

Who we are KIPP Massachusetts is part of a national network of 141 free, open-enrollment public charter schools serving over 50,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. We currently operate two campuses in the Greater Boston area: our High Rock campus in Lynn, home to both KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School, and KIPP Academy Boston Middle School serving Mattapan and surrounding communities. Today, we serve over 850 students in grades 5-11 and employ 137 staff members.

What we do Our mission at KIPP Massachusetts is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, character strengths, and intellectual habits necessary to maximize their potential in high school, in college, and in life. Our program is based on: a longer school day and year, academic and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, intensive professional development for teachers and staff, and a system of support for students in grades K-12 and KIPP Through College support.

Why it matters Nationwide, just 8% of students from low-income communities graduate from college, compared to the 82% college graduation rate of their affluent peers. Preparing our students to be successful, not only to but through college, drives the work of KIPP’s school leaders, teachers, and staff. Nationally, KIPP students’ college graduation rate is four times that of their low-income peers.

How we are doing Ensuring better life outcomes for 100% of our students is a challenging goal, and succeeding requires an allencompassing, data-driven approach. In order to reach this objective, we consistently measure both short and long term results and nimbly adjust to best serve our students and families. KIPP has identified Six Essential Questions to measure student outcomes, teachers’ performance, and the health of our schools while remaining focused as we grow (see page 19).

Our plan for the future By 2020 each of the six, fully enrolled schools will be 100% sustainable on public funding, based on current funding levels. Private philanthropy will be necessary to continue to fuel growth to serve more kids and families. Nationwide, the KIPP network will serve more than 55,000 students by 2015, more than double the number served in 2010, and nearly as many students as the Boston public school system.


KIPP Massachusetts

Who we are

is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of high-performing public charter schools with a history of success in underserved communities.

A National Network

141 KIPP Schools 20 states plus the District of Columbia, serving 50,000 students. As part of a national network, KIPP Massachusetts leverages: Research and development In nearly twenty years of successfully serving kids and their families in underserved communities throughout the nation, the KIPP Foundation has collected data of over 41,000 KIPP students and alumni. Through intensive analysis of this data, we have learned what our kids and families need to be successful on the path to and through college and in life.

Continued support for KIPP:MA alumni through college The KIPP Through College (KTC) program supports KIPP alumni around the country. KTC builds partnerships with colleges and universities to ensure KIPPsters have access to and graduate from the best universities in the country. The national presence of KTC also allows students to be “clustered” at colleges that have historically proven successful graduating our KIPPsters. KIPP College Ambassadors like Rachael Espaillat (page 1) also reside on 34 campuses around the country to assist with KIPPster acclimation.

Effective national advocacy efforts KIPP believes that fostering a collaborative teaching community is an important part of creating a path to better life outcomes for all students – not only those who are receiving a KIPP education. Our work as a national organization is to advocate for a stronger education system with others who are passionate about education reform and to raise the bar for what students and families 5

expect from an urban public school education. As the largest charter school organization in the nation, we are committed to being both a thought leader and a convener of leaders with a common goal.

Unparalleled professional and leadership development programs The KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP) offers a portfolio of programs including the Fisher Fellowship Program and the Teacher-Leader Program that prepare educators of all levels for leadership. Because KIPP believes all students should have access to high-quality education, many leadership development opportunities are available through The KIPP Foundation to leaders outside of KIPP network. This year, KIPP has trained the teachers and leaders of over 3 million students.

A shared knowledge base KIPP has developed tools to share information across the entire network. In addition to lesson plans and curriculum, KIPP leaders, teachers and staff share best practices and tools in operations, marketing and recruitment. When KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate was first implementing Advanced Placement (AP) courses, our teachers utilized curriculum that had produced a substantial amount of 4 and 5 scores at another KIPP high school. Removing the need to recreate the wheel allows our teachers to spend more time customizing lessons for students rather than testing curriculum effectiveness.

Who we are An Overview

KIPP Massachusetts Region is:

KIPP Academy Lynn (KAL) Middle School Founded 2004

850+ students

96% retention

currently served

of students

KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate (KALC) High School Founded 2011

KIPP Academy Boston (KAB) Middle School Founded 2012

200+ parents & currently supported community members

5th-11th grades

300+ alumni

in high school and college

85% of students are

81% of students

14% of students

African American or Latino

qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

receive special education services

served through our Adult Education and Community Outreach Program

currently served by KIPP Massachusetts

By 2020, KIPP Massachusetts will be‌

2,500 students

1,000+ alumni

100% sustainable

served in six schools

on their way through college

on public funding (based on current rates of funding)


Who we are Our Schools

“We have learned a lot in nearly 10 years

Founded: August 2004 Students: 424

Teachers: 41

of serving the kids and families of Lynn. We work on strengthening character

Student Demographics

in addition to preparing our students academically. Our goal for is 100% of our students to achieve better life outcomes and lead independent lives of choice.” Anna Breen, School Leader




Latino or African American

eligible for free/ reduced price meals

receives special education services

“Keeping students academically driven and aware of the college landscape is

Founded: August 2011 Students: 298 Teachers: 30

critical during high school. Not only do we want KALC students to earn admission to

Student Demographics

competitive colleges, we want them to find the school that is the best fit to maximize the chance they will complete college.” Drea DeAngelo, Founding School Leader

“We believe that all students can and will be on track to college, and to living a life of choice when we consistently set the high bar we know they can achieve.




Latino or African American

eligible for free/ reduced price meals

receives special education services

Founded: August 2012 Students: 144

Teachers: 15

Student Demographics

We are committed to providing them the support to do so.” Christine Barford, Founding School Leader





Latino or African American

eligible for free/ reduced price meals

receives special education services

The KIPP Massachusetts approach includes: More time with our students Academic readiness Strengthening character KIPP Through College (KTC) support Unparalleled professional development 8

What we do More Time

At KIPP Massachusetts, More Time is a series of programs and philosophies designed to help students develop the academic skills and character strengths they need to climb the mountain to and through college and live independent lives of choice. By receiving support from their first days at school to beyond their high school years with our KIPP Through College program, KIPPsters remain engaged in learning and accountable for their own success as they persevere to and through college.

More Time includes: • Up to two hours of classroom time spent each day on core subjects such as math, reading and science • A ten hour school day which includes co-curricular activities and enrichment programs such as music, art, or athletics as well as group studies, tutoring, and teacher support available nightly until 9 PM via phone • A two week summer school session to reduce academic backslide and get a jump on upcoming curriculum • Earned educational field lessons and college tours to places like New York City or Washington, D.C. which are designed to build the college knowledge and leadership skills of our KIPPsters • At least 2 hours per week spent building relationships with teachers and peers through advisory sessions where groups of 10-12 students remain together throughout their time at KIPP, leading to stronger retention • A complete college support program with KIPP Through College (see pages 13 and 14) • Lynn Community education classes open to all members of the Lynn community in subjects like ESL, GED, financial literacy, and citizenship


What we do Academic Readiness

At the center of our work as an organization, and as a national movement are outcomes for our students. We believe that academic readiness is achieved when schools build strong culture, solid aligned curriculum, and a continual cycle of assessment, analysis, planning, and action.

With Deliberate practice, we can constantly become better.

Developing our teachers and honing their craft is a critical piece of helping our students achieve strong academic outcomes; therefore, we invest in our teachers through an intensive professional development program (see page 15). Last year was the first year with 5th grades in both Lynn and Boston. This allowed teachers in the KIPP:MA network to meet live and share best practices in subjects such as science, reading and math. Data and curriculum resources also play a vital role in keeping our students on an upward academic trajectory. In addition to standardized testing such as the nationally-normed MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment and the MCAS, teachers use data on a daily basis through tools such as Khan Academy and Lexia to individualize successful paths for reading and math for each of our KIPPsters. “Power hours” at each school focus on ability-specific math and reading remediation and are a mix of blended learning and small group intervention.

Teachers from each KIPP:MA school take unique measures to ensure their students are reading beyond the scope of classroom assignments. In KIPP Academy Boston, students participate in the “Million Word Readers” program. KIPPsters who achieve the 1,000,000 word mark are honored with a life-size poster of themselves displayed in their reading classroom.

Daily Aims are tested through exit tickets which students are required to complete prior to leaving class for the day. Exit tickets are scanned and results are recorded so teachers can assess from one day to the next where more time needs to be spent and where comprehension is high. We also administer interim exams to track student progress throughout the year so we maximize opportunities to re-teach, remediate, and challenge students.


What we do Strengthening Character

At KIPP, Academics and Character Go Hand-In-Hand Date

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embody and imitate the behavior they expect from our KIPPsters.

2. Name It: We ensure our students know the

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How we do it:

descriptions of values are consistent across the network

studies, the lead character in a novel, or one of our KIPPsters displays a showing or a lack of character, we use these teachable moments to offer real examples of how character exists and plays a role in life and success or failure.

4. Feel It: We celebrate positive displays of character so kids and adults feel the effects of focusing on, and developing, their own character.

5. Integrate It: KIPP teachers create dualpurpose experiences and lessons that involve the character strengths.

6. Encourage It: When our students show growth of character, we publicly recognize these shifts.

7. Track It: In all 3 KIPP:MA schools, we record and discuss progress toward character goals regularly with weekly “paychecks” (see left) at the middle school level and merits and demerits given in high school.

KIPP’s Highly Predictive Character Strengths







social intelligence


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What we do College knowledge and social skills

KIPP Through College (KTC) is a national and local program that helps to eliminate the attainment gap between students from affluent and low-income communities. KTC counselors and advisors in KIPP schools across the country support students as they navigate high school, select the colleges that are the best match, prepare for college entry, and persist through college.



85% 75%

69% 59%

High School Graduation

College Matriculation

KIPP Academy Lynn Founding Class of 2012 Lynn Public School Students (2011) MA Students (2011)


40% of students who attend KIPP graduate from college—

MORE THAN 4 X THE RATE of their low-income peers.

At KIPP:MA, our KTC team supports our alumni by coordinating internships, offering counseling services and forging partnerships with local colleges. Beginning in the eighth grade, they work in conjunction with the college counselors at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School to ensure students are selecting colleges and universities that are an appropriate academic, social, and financial match. Though KTC is on the front lines working toward our goal of 75% college graduation for alumni, at KIPP:MA we believe getting our students to and through college is everyone’s business. The KIPP:MA KTC team ensures staff is kept up to date with alumni statistics such as persistence rates as well as newly acquired college partnerships so everyone at KIPP:MA can support our students on the path to and through college. It is imperative that our teachers, families, and communities embody the message that college is a viable option for our KIPPsters.

At KIPP:MA we believe getting our students

to and through college is everyone’s business. 13

What we do

ALL children WILL learn.

Up and Right

How will we get our kids to

75% college graduation?

Up and Right

What does “Up and Right” mean? The KIPP UP and RIGHT strategy is based largely on matching KIPP students with the right colleges and universities and providing them with the support necessary for success through college graduation. Colleges fall into “selectivity bands” depending on difficulty of admission ranging from “non-competitive” to “most competitive”. On average, graduation rates are higher at more competitive colleges. However, a student’s chances of graduating may decrease if he or she attends a college with poor graduation rates for its selectivity band. A college may be academically challenging but low graduation rates may be indicative of minimal campus support, which is especially critical for our KIPPsters, many of whom are first generation college students. Also, KIPP:MA’s goal is to match alumni with an affordable college that has strong graduation rates for its selectivity band (as far up any particular bar as possible) AND a college in a selectivity band appropriate for the student’s ability (as far to right side of chart as possible).

Graduation Rate

KIPP National Class of 2011 Vertical line is range of graduation rates among colleges in that selectivity band.


No College 28%

Two Yr Institutions 19%


Less Competitive


37% of KIPP Class of 2011 National Average

very Competitive

Highly Competitive

Most Competitive

16% of KIPP Class of 2011 KIPP National Average


What we do Professional Development

Credo: When

there are problems, we look for solutions. When there is a better way, we find it. When a teammate needs help, we give. When we need help, we ask.

We create opportunities for our teachers to learn from their peers by encouraging the open exchange of ideas between teachers at all KIPP:MA schools, and across the national KIPP network. We develop our teachers through regular observation, feedback, assigning personal coaches, effective planning, and data conferences to ensure every student receives the extra support or challenge that he or she needs to grow and thrive. In order to ensure great teaching and learning in every classroom, we provide:

Intensive Coaching • All new and veteran teachers are assigned a personal instructional coach • Teachers are observed 15-20 times per year by their coach • Each teacher meets weekly with their coach to debrief observations, plan future lessons and analyze data-oriented student assessments

Student Data and Curriculum Resources • Teachers utilize KIPP Share, a national site for sharing curriculum and instructional resources that other KIPP teachers have used effectively • Student data is gathered through the results of national tests and internally created interim tests and allows teachers to customize their teaching and hone their techniques

Constant Opportunities for Learning • Teachers participate in weekly group development sessions led by principals and fellow teachers • Development sessions are differentiated so veteran teachers have the opportunity to be pushed while newer teachers are grounded in strong planning and classroom culture practices • Teachers can participate in KIPP’s national subject-specific retreats and the KIPP School Summit, an annual gathering for thousands of KIPP teachers and staff from around the country 15

Eveleen Hsu

5th grade English & Language Arts teacher KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School (KAL)

Eveleen Hsu, current 5th grade English and Language Arts teacher at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School, was selected in early 2012 as a Miles Family Fellow. The Miles Family Fellowship is a two-year pathway to found one’s own KIPP school. The program includes advanced leadership development while teaching in a KIPP school. Hsu has worked at KAL for four years and, through the professional development process, grew into the role of grade-level chair. This opportunity along with her track record of student growth made her an excellent candidate for the Miles Fellowship.

Why it matters College Graduation: A National Impact

The economic gap imposed on the United States by the

8% college graduation rate of low-income students is the equivalent of a

permanent national recession.* Increasing the national college graduation rates of low-income students from 8% to 30% would add between $400 billion and $650 billion to our annual GDP.* 94% 84% 70%



8% High School Graduation KIPP Nationwide

College Matriculation

College Graduation

Low-Income Students Nationwide

Nationally, KIPP’s college graduation rate is greater than the average U.S. college graduation rate, and far exceeds the national rate of low-income students who earn a bachelor’s degree. *According to a 2009 report by McKinsey & Company: The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools. Nationally, 40% of students who attend KIPP graduate from college – More than 4x the rate of their low-income peers.


Why it matters Advocacy

Across the state,

over 45,000 students are on waiting lists for seats in charter schools. Founding KIPP:MA would not have been possible without the active support and engagement from the communities of Lynn and Boston. In order to eliminate the attainment gap we must collectively advocate for more highperforming schools in the communities that need us most. We are committed to advancing change alongside our teachers, staff, families, community members, volunteers and other charter schools. The KIPP:MA Advocacy Committee, made up of KIPP:MA Board members and other KIPP supporters, ensures our initiatives remain in front of key government officials. At the student level, our KIPPsters are educated about the importance of voting with activities such as mock presidential elections at the middle school level and the opportunity for KALC students to elect student council members in the high school.

We teach and work in schools and communities, not just in classrooms. Currently, only 18% of seats in lower-performing districts are reserved for charter school students. The charter cap was last raised in 2010 which allowed KIPP to found KIPP Academy Boston. This spring, dozens of parents from all three KIPP:MA schools gathered at the Massachusetts State House to participate in Education Hill Day to advocate for the raise or removal of the charter cap which will allow additional charter school seats, thereby enabling more students the opportunity to attend a high performing school. Advocacy plays a critical role in our commitment to increase the quality of public education in Lynn and Boston. We have recently submitted an amendment to our Lynn charter that would allow us to open an elementary school in Lynn in 2016. As evidenced throughout KIPP regions across the nation, serving KIPPsters beginning in kindergarten eliminates the intensive remediation our teachers currently provide throughout grades 5-7 just to get our KIPPsters to grade-level standards. By starting KIPP in kindergarten, our students are learning at grade level from the beginning and do not spend the important middle school years simply trying to catch up.


We are a Team & Family

This year, independent research organization Mathematica released the results of a multi-year study comparing KIPP students including KIPP:MA to their non-KIPP peers. The report, commissioned by KIPP, centered on comparing the math, reading, science, and social-studies results of students at 47 KIPP schools to their peers at neighboring public schools.

KEY FINDINGS on student achievement include the following: MATH: Three years after enrollment, the estimated impact of KIPP on math achievement is equivalent to moving a student from the 44th to the 58th percentile, representing 11 months of learning over and above what the student would have learned in three years without KIPP. READING: Three years after enrollment, the estimated impact in reading is equivalent to moving a student from the 46th to 55th percentile, representing 8 months of additional learning growth over and above what the student would have learned in three years without KIPP. SCIENCE: Three to four years after enrollment, the estimated impact in science is equivalent to moving a student from the 36th to 49th percentile, representing 14 months of additional learning growth over and above what the student would have learned in the three to four years without KIPP. SOCIAL STUDIES: Three to four years after enrollment, the estimated impact in social studies is equivalent to moving a student from the 39th to 49th percentile, representing 11 months of additional learning growth over and above what the student would have learned in three to four years without KIPP.


How we are doing The Six Essential Questions

Question 1

Are we serving the children who need us? Last year, across the KIPP:MA network we served 84% students of color. Eighty-one percent (81%) qualified for free/reduced price meals, and 14% received Special Education services. Overall, we are pleased to serve the kids that need us most while mirroring the demographics of students in the Lynn and Boston public school systems.

Question 2

Are our children staying with us? We remain actively engaged with our students & families to foster long term relationships that keep our kids with us. KIPP:MA has achieved a retention rate of 96%, which exceeds most other charter schools and is the highest in the KIPP national network. Additionally, Ninety-six percent (96%) of KIPP Academy Lynn students elected to continue on to KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate for high school.

Question 3

Are our children progressing and achieving academically? Our mission at KIPP:MA is to ensure our students are on track to college and career readiness which is assessed in a variety of ways including the MCAS. Two-thirds of our kids come into KIPP below grade proficiency, so year-over-year growth is critical. Since 2005 our KIPPsters have been consistently outperforming their peers at neighboring schools and across the state. In 2013, we had the second strongest growth in the state for 7th grade math and 8th grade ELA ( see MCAS results, page 20).

Question 4

Are our alumni climbing the mountain to and through college? In school year 2012/13, KIPP:MA sent its first class of students to college. Eighty-six percent (86%) of KIPP Lynn Middle School’s original class 2012 began college at many great schools including Simmons College, Keene State College, and Amherst College. In 2013 72% of the class of 2012 is persisting through college.

Question 5

Are we building a sustainable people model? Our teachers & staff are our greatest assets. In order to cultivate, support, and ultimately retain them from year to year, KIPP:MA places a strong emphasis on professional development, coaching, and leadership training. In Fiscal Year 2013, we retained 92% of our teaching staff.

Question 6

Are we building a sustainable financial model? In order to keep serving Boston-area students for years to come, we must make sure KIPP:MA is financially stable. When our six projected schools reach full enrollment in 2020, KIPP:MA will be 100% sustainable on public funding (based on current funding rates). As we progress toward full growth and a primarily publicly funded model, we will keep a sharp eye on how our finances affect our future. Private philanthropy will remain critical as we continue to grow toward serving 2,500 students.


How we are doing



starts and ends with me. For the past eight years, students at KIPP Massachusetts have consistently

outperformed their peers in Lynn and Massachusetts as a whole.

2013 MCAS RESULTS Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Across our three schools we implemented several strategies in school year 2012/13 which led us to produce some of the strongest MCAS results ever. These include: • Using interim data to drive re-teaching, and remediation • Increasing the quantity of teacher observation time and coaching for both veteran and new teachers • Hiring Operations Mangers for each school to ensure our Principals focus over 70% of their time on teaching & learning This year, KIPP student GROWTH outpaced that of corresponding districts in eleven out of twelve tested areas. KIPP student PROFICIENCY rates on the Science MCAS were higher than that of corresponding districts across the board. Additionally, KIPP Lynn proficiency rates surpassed LPS in all grades and all subjects. Fifth grade Science results were in the top 30 out of 800 schools state-wide.

English Language Arts


Student Growth Percentile (SGP)

91 70


76 60



50 35

5th Grade

6th Grade


7th Grade


67 43

8th Grade


59 63



50 29

10th Grade

5th Grade


6th Grade



22 7th Grade

8th Grade

10th Grade


% Proficient or Advanced


KIPP Academy Boston


59 22 5th Grade


33 17 8th Grade

Boston Public Schools

10th Grade

KIPP Academy Lynn

Lynn Public Schools


Our plan for the future 2,500 Students at Six Schools

By Fiscal Year 2020, Our plan for the future

2,500+ students at 6 schools

2,520 Students 6 Schools

in Lynn and Boston

1,071 Students 4 Schools

664 Students 3 Schools

469 Students 2 Schools

370 Students 1 School



Middle School Grades 5th-8th 21


Elementary School Grades K-4th


High School Grades 9th-12th


Our plan for the future Sustainability

All Six schools

in the KIPP Massachusetts network will reach

100% sustainability on public funding by 2020.





$24.8M $20.1M $16.1M $11.9M $8.7M










Fy2012- Fy2020 Total Revenue Public Funding

Private Funding

“Financial sustainability is a priority for KIPP:MA. By ensuring cost effectiveness, strategic use of private funding (which remains essential to boost growth), and building toward sustaining scale on primarily public dollars, we can fulfill our promise of more learning time and successful outcomes for students and alumni – today and tomorrow. We allocate every dollar by answering one question: What is best for the kids we serve?” John Kalafatas, Chief Operating Officer, KIPP:MA


Our plan for the future The Road to Sustainability: Growth Capital Campaign

The future matters, so does every moment between now and then.

2013 marked the start of the second year of our five year, $10M Growth Capital Campaign. To date, KIPP:MA has raised $6.3M against our $10M goal. The Growth Capital Campaign will fuel our growth to serve the 2,500 kids and families we have promised better life outcomes. Investors in the campaign help us provide: • School Start-Up Funds: To subsidize early growth of each new school for several years until that business unit reaches full enrollment and public tuition funds (plus a smaller amount of private annual funds) cover the annual operating budget. • Regional Headquarters/Programs: Up front, private investment in the management talent, capacities, and systems to support a larger network of schools, along with investment in special education, alumni support, and ELL programs that support our region-wide goal of helping 75% of our alumni through college.

“My daughter’s growth makes me wish KIPP had an elementary school and we could have gotten her here earlier.” - Tawana James, KIPP Academy Boston parent

Growth Capital Investment $10M

• A Strengthened Balance Sheet: To improve working capital and support a growing budget and operating reserves as risk mitigation against unexpected changes in public revenue.


Growth Capital Funders 1% Corporate Giving

70% Private Individuals


29% Foundations

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Fiscal Year 2013 Financials Expenses and Revenue July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013

Operating Revenue and Expenses Revenue

Revenue Public Per-Pupil Allocation

$ 7,872,969

Public Other


Private Growth Capital*


Private Capital Campaign*


Private Annual Fund*


Other Income*


Total Revenue

$ 12,029,639

*cash basis

12% Public Other

14% Private Growth Capital* 65% Public Per-pupil Allocation

3% Private Capital Campaign* 5% Private Annual Fund* > 1% OTHER Income*

*cash basis

Expenses School Based Instructional and Student Costs Administration Facilities Shared Network Services and Programs Alumni Services Total Expenses

$ 9,500,009


7,274,375 15% Shared Network Services & Programs

969,199 1,256,435

4% Alumni Services

$ 1,709,140 437,057 $ 11,646,206

81% School based

For a copy of our audited FY13 financial reports please contact or call Jennifer Parkos 781-570-9318


Our Supporters

Annual Fund FY13 July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 $50,000 or more

up to $999

Barclays Capital Mr. and Mrs. John and Mollie Byrnes Edward S. and Winifred G. Moseley Foundation

Anonymous Mr. Neil Barry Mr. and Mrs. Andy and Jennifer Borggaard Mr. Derek Clark and Ms. Monica Bruno Ms. Eve Brunts Mr. William Burke Mr. James DaSilva Mr. and Mrs. Mike Davis Ms. Jennifer Davis Mr. Anthony DeAngelo Mr. David Donahoe and Mrs. Diane Pienta Durkee-Mower Inc. Mrs. M. Hollis Ehlig Dr. and Mrs. Ralph and Linda Epstein Ms. Elizabeth Figueroa-Reyonso Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fortmann Mr. and Mrs. John Foster Ms. Susan Galli Mr. Dwight Grader Mr. and Mrs. Gordon and Linda Hall Ms. Sue Harris Ms. Jennifer Holleran HR Knowledge Inc. Pastor John Hudson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hutchinson Mr. and Mrs. John and Susan Kane Ms. Joyce Kaplan Ms. Wendy King Mr. Paul Konnersman and Ms. Diane Jensen Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Cindy Langburd Mr. Douglas Levitt Mr. Shenkiat Lim Mr. CM Long Dr. and Mrs. Chuck and Peggy Louden The Lynch Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Karen Madorsky Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Carrie Marcus Ms. Liz Meehan Mr. and Mrs. Roger and Margo Milliken Ms. Heidi Milne Mr. Daniel Mitus Mr. and Mrs. Don Morgan Ms. Margery Munro Mr. Curt Myers North Shore Pain Management LLC Mr. Bryan Norwood Mr. and Mrs. Gary Palardy Mr. and Mrs. Rick Pickering Mr. and Mrs. Brian Plunkett Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Jackie Polimeni Mr. Thomas Riley Mr. Joey Schotland and Ms. Nicole Stata Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith Mrs. Tawnya Smith Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Amanda Seider Mr. and Mrs. Joel Shwimer Mr. and Mrs. Phil and Nichola Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Barry and Nancy Wayne Mr. Chris Whitson Mr. Howard Wolk Mr. Josh Zimman Mr. and Mrs. David and Susan Zoia

$10,000 to $49,999 The Cabot Corporation Foundation The Cabot Family Charitable Trust The Alfred E. Chase Charity Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John and Larisa Connors The Sally Foss and James Scott Hill Foundation The Highland Street Foundation Ms. Barbara Goldman The Liberty Mutual Foundation The George H. and Jane A. Mifflin Memorial Fund The Rogers Family Foundation SAP America Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Stephanie Spector Wellington Management Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Joel and Mary Abramson Mr. and Mrs. Skip and Rebecca Besthoff Boston Private Bank Citi Private Bank The Darling Family 1999 Charitable Annuity Lead Trust Dr. Jeffrey Dover and Dr. Tania Phillips Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Barbara Eisenson General Electric Aviation Mr. Michael Kendall and Ms. Alida Coo-Kendall The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation Mr. Skip McKee and Ms. Meg Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Evelyn Rothbard Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Ruth Salter Mr. and Mrs. Nathan and Erin Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Joanne Spillane

$1,000 to $4,999 Blue Point Promo Mr. and Mrs. Rick and Nonnie Burnes Ms. Ava Cheloff The Elmwood Charitable Trust Of October 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Matt and Katie Fates Mr. and Mrs. Lee and Tina Gartley Mr. Gregory Kelly Mr. William Knowlton The Longfield Family Foundation Mr. Christopher Loose Dr. and Mrs. Morton McPhail Mr. Patrick Moriarty and Ms. Danielle Boudreau The Move The World Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jon and Beth Payson Mr. Ernest Pusateri Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Susan Sarazen Mrs. and Mrs. Richard and Sheila Schlessinger Mr. Peter Schwarzenbach The Sunflower Foundation Mr. Mark Tarini Mr. Tim Terell Mr. John Thorndike and Ms. Kathryn Price TIFF Advisory Services Walmart Store #2139 Walmart Store #2640 Ms. Mary Ann Williams Mr. Jonathan Zorn

Growth Capital Campaign All gifts through September 2013 Anonymous Arclight Capital Holdings, LLC Bain Capital Children’s Charity Ltd. Barclays Capital Mr. and Mrs. Josh and Anita Bekenstein Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Susan Fredell Mr. Tony Helies The Highland Street Foundation Mr. Mark Gelfand Ms. Barbara Goldman The Estate of Joan Lewis Mr. Michael Kendall and Ms. Alida Coo-Kendall The Louis Calder Foundation The Lovett-Woodsum Family Charitable Foundation The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation New Schools Venture Fund The P.I. Garden Fund Mr. Dan Revers Mr. and Mrs. Maurice and Luly Samuels Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Linda Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Amanda Seider The Walton Foundation


KIPP:MA Board of Directors

KIPP:MA Regional Leadership Team

Mr. Michael Kendall, Chair

Mr. Caleb Dolan

Partner, Goodwin Proctor LLPMs.

Executive Director, KIPP:MA

Ms. Jennifer Davis, Vice Chair

Mr. John Kalafatas

Co-founder and President, Massachusetts 2020

Chief Operating Officer, KIPP:MA

Ms. Danielle Boudreau, Secretary

Ms. Jennifer Parkos

Nonprofit Consultant

Chief Development Officer, KIPP:MA

Mr. Nathan Sanders, Treasurer

Ms. Alexis Rosado

Director, Bain Capital, LLC

Director of KIPP Through College, KIPP:MA

Mr. Skip Besthoff

Ms. Anna Breen

General Partner, Castile Ventures

Mr. John Connors III Co-founder, The Boathouse Group

Mr. Thomas Fredell

Principal, KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School

Ms. Drea DeAngelo Founding Principal, KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School

Head of Product & Engineering (CTO) at Snagajob

Ms. Christine Barford

Ms. Barbara Goldman

Founding Principal, KIPP Academy Boston Middle School

Partner, Plan B Ventures; Co-Founder,

Mr. Jim Peyser Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Mr. Scott Sarazen Managing Director, Ernst & Young

Mrs. Amanda Seider Managing Director for Alumni Affairs, Teach for America - Greater Boston


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