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2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT


At KIPP, we believe. We believe in the creation of inspired lives produced by desire, discipline, and dedication. We are not frightened by the challenges of reality but believe that we can change our world and our place within it. We work, plan, create, and dream. Our talent, character, and integrity will be the tools we need to build a better tomorrow. We believe that we can take this place, this time, and the people here and build a better place, a better time, and a better people. As a team and a family, we will either find a way or make one.


Dear Friends, Families, and Supporters, At KIPP Memphis, we have a laser-like focus on ensuring all students are equipped to lead lives of choice and opportunity. The 2015-16 school year was one of much improvement at KIPP Memphis, and on behalf of our more than 2,800 students, I am pleased to share our growth and achievement with you. Last year, we experienced—time and time again—that we are stronger together. As one team and family, we embraced our challenges and cast 2015-16 as a year of phenomenal growth. For the first time, we started the school year fully enrolled with a complete K-12 pipeline, enabling students of every grade level to receive a high-quality KIPP Memphis education. We also improved our yearly average daily attendance rate by two percentage points. Our students showed tremendous growth academically; the high performance of a few of our middle schools rose above many of our charter peers in Memphis. Several middle schools demonstrated growth on the NWEA MAP assessment that far exceeds national norms for yearly growth—some of that growth also leads KIPP nationally! Our high school students also proved the possible by increasing average ACT scores by a full point. 100% of our seniors graduated. We saw more of them take their first step on the path to and through college than ever before, with 83% of our Class of 2016 starting college in Fall 2016. Furthermore, our KIPP Through College (KTC) team ensured more of our graduates matriculated to colleges that not only gave them the best chance of starting college, but also finishing with a degree. In addition, we outlined the foundation of our growth by implementing a comprehensive strategic improvement plan. This plan leverages our network’s best leadership and practices to show improved results in the 2015-16 school year and beyond. We introduced new tools to better our performance management, communication, operations, and engagement practices. As a result, we ended the year as a stronger team and family. As we celebrate the successes of our year, we do so knowing that every year presents challenges, but our greatest impact is ahead of us as the nearly 3,000 KIPPsters in our schools today move closer to achieving their dreams and building a better tomorrow for all of us. They inspire us to work even harder, grow even more—all to provide an even better education for our kids. Thank you for your continued belief in our mission and for your support of KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools. We look forward to continuing to share our successes, challenges, and progress toward our goals in the years to come. With gratitude,

Kelly Wright Executive Director KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools


One Team and Family KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system, and enrollment is open to all students. All students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our goal is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to succeed throughout their education and in the competitive world beyond. Great education transforms lives. At KIPP, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal—college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose.

KIPP ACROSS THE NATION 200 80,000 31 10,000 SCHOOLS

KIPP STUDENTS SERVED

REGIONS

ALUMNI IN COLLEGE


Drivers of Success Through 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 that of students from similar economic backgrounds. Our success is driven by:

1

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

2

STRENGTH OF CHARACTER

3

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS AND LEADERS

4

SAFE, STRUCTURED, AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENTS

5

KIPP THROUGH COLLEGE

We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.

Success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice with power and to improve the world around them.

Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals.

Students need physical and emotional safety in order to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.

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.


Our Schools

Memphis

Academy Elementary grades K-4 established 2013

Memphis

Academy Middle

grades 5-8 established 2012

Memphis

Collegiate High

grades 9-12 established 2011

Memphis

Collegiate Elementary grades K-4 established 2012

grades 5-8 established 2002

grades K-2 established 2015 growing to K-4

Memphis

Preparatory Middle grades 5-8 established 2013

Memphis

University Middle grades 6-8 established 2014


OUR VISION One day, KIPP Memphis will be the standard of public education in the state of Tennessee.

OUR MISSION The mission of KIPP Memphis is to create high-performing schools in the Memphis community that will equip all students with the necessary academic and life skills needed to succeed through college and the competitive world beyond.


Regional Priorities Helping our students climb the mountain to and through college and lead lives of choice is only possible if we know what we plan to do, how we plan to do it, and why we must do it. Our yearly priorities focus the efforts of our region on accomplishing the steps necessary to fulfill our promise to our students and their families.

The WHAT.

Students will benefit from great instruction only if they are present to receive it; therefore, our first priority is to ensure every student is in class every day. Teachers use KIPP Wheatley and Eureka Math, two research-based and Common Core-aligned curriculums, to drive results for our students. Realizing that great instruction starts with great talent, we offer a variety of professional and leadership development programs. We also cultivate partnerships with organizations such as Memphis Teacher Residency and Teach For America to ensure we attract and develop top talent for our schools.

The HOW.

At KIPP Memphis, we are one team and family devoted to doing whatever it takes for all our students to achieve at high levels. All department, school and individual goals cascade down from the regional priorities we establish to fulfill our mission. Data guides our decision-making and informs our performance management. In this way, we ensure all actions are in the best interest of our students.

The WHY.

We are motivated by our commitment to our students, families, and community. Demography does not define destiny; we believe every student can achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. We promise to provide an excellent education for our students—no excuses. Our students deserve our best every day.

The WHAT.

The HOW.

The WHY.

Every kid. Every day. Every seat.

One mission, One KIPP Memphis.

We commit to serving the kids who need us most.

Common Curriculum and Interim Assessments.

Data-Driven Decision-making.

Our families and students believe in us and we keep our promises.

Growing Our Teacher Pipeline and Talent.

Performance Management.

Our 2,300 KIPPsters deserve our best, every day.


The WHAT.

Regional Priorities

In June 2012, I joined the KIPP Memphis Team and Family as a founding co-teacher. My amazing school leader and awesome classroom lead teacher mentored me through lesson observations, feedback, and weekly meetings. At the end of my first year, I accepted an offer for a lead teacher position which gave me the opportunity to mentor my co-teacher. Over the next two years, I advanced to kindergarten grade level chair and participated in the KIPP School Leadership Program (KSLP) for Teacher Leaders. My experience as grade level chair and time in KSLP equipped me with great tools which have allowed me to smoothly transition into my current role as assistant principal. I am beyond grateful for the development I received as a KIPP teacher. I have grown so much as an educator, and much of that growth came from being a part of a national network that is very intentional in developing leaders. Alyssa Payton Assistant Principal KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary


The HOW.

Our KIPP Through College (KTC) advisors do whatever it takes to support students as they navigate high school, identify their best college option, and work relentlessly to graduate from college. College completion is an important piece of preparing students to lead choice-filled lives and positively impact our world. By listening, setting goals and providing targeted feedback to students, our advisors help students find their passion, purpose, and a roadmap to their full potential. Setting ambitious goals and using data to track our progress is critical to our students’ success. In the summer, we set goals around college wish lists, applications, college matriculation and persistence. Our Counselor Match Tool allows us to monitor our progress on a weekly basis and adjust course to meet our goals. Richard Bailey Senior Director of KIPP Through College KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools


Regional Priorities

You never see the light until you have escaped the tunnel. I have always believed that everything I partake in today will inevitably affect my tomorrow. With this mindset, I entered KIPP my junior year of high school, leaving my valedictorian garment at the doors of Manassas High. I would, in two years time, be granted an insurmountable amount of knowledge aimed toward the preparation of my future. My KTC advisor’s guidance transformed my tunnel vision into an astronomical outlook upon the world. I cannot fathom the unsuccessful paths I may have walked had it not been for her belief in my limitless potential. It is not because of “smartness” that I was able to accomplish certain tasks in high school or even here at Rhodes College, but rather it is through “grit.” The horizon has become my standard. Shanbria Webster Bonner Scholar, Rhodes College Class of 2020 KIPP Memphis Class of 2016


The WHY. One thing that keeps drawing me to KIPP is how we focus on the whole child, both making sure kids are academically prepared and focusing a lot on character strengths and character development. These are the kids that will lead our next generation and take over our nation. I want to make sure they are fully prepared for that. Jane Oliver Teacher KIPP Memphis Academy Middle

When I think of the rigorous academics, the college preparatory curriculum, and the intersection between academics and character development, as a KIPP teacher, I’m proud. I'm happy to be on the front lines, proving the possible, day in and day out. I work alongside some of the most talented teachers here in Memphis and serve some of the most extraordinary students in the city of Memphis. Adrian Smith Teacher KIPP Memphis Collegiate High

I’m excited with the growth of our school! We have made phenomenal gains, our fifth graders grew two years in language and over two years in science. So I’m excited to see us continue to do that with even more kids and to extend it to even more subjects. I’d like to see us grow above two years in reading and above two years in math—really prove the possible for our kids here in South Memphis. Crystal Windless School Leader KIPP Memphis Preparatory Middle


Regional Priorities

Erica Davis with daughters, Essence and Raven.

I’ve always sought the best education for my children, but as a single parent in Frayser, I could not afford private schools. Every day I drove my preschooler, Essence, 24-minutes from North Memphis to Whitehaven, then returned to homeschool Raven. When KIPP Memphis opened its first elementary school near downtown, I immediately knew this was the school I wanted my daughters to attend. Watching Essence enjoy learning at KIPP inspired me to finish my degree and become a great teacher like Essence’s. When my college classes started at 6:30 am, Essence’s school leader would come early to open for us. The support KIPP provided my family is a perfect example of the drive, determination, and desire I want to nurture not only in my own children, but in all students and parents in my community. Erica Davis Teacher KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle


Our schools, our teaching practices, the way we relate to our students and each other can be transformative, giving our students the skills, voice, and leadership necessary for them to become partners with us in making our world a better place. Kelly Wright Executive Director KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools


Six Essential Questions Data allows us to understand our true impact, what is working, and what needs to be improved to keep us on the path of success. KIPP’s Six Essential Questions help us, and KIPP schools across the nation, stay accountable by measuring what matters. Data from our 2015-16 school year will answer:

ARE WE SERVING THE CHILDREN WHO NEED US?

ARE OUR STUDENTS STAYING WITH US?

ARE OUR STUDENTS PROGRESSING AND ACHIEVING ACADEMICALLY?

ARE OUR ALUMNI CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN TO AND THROUGH COLLEGE?

ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE PEOPLE MODEL?

ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL MODEL?


Question 1

ARE WE SERVING THE CHILDREN WHO NEED US?

2,375

KIPPsters in Our Region for SY2015-16 (As of September 1, 2015)

97% African-American

2% Latino

1% White

91%

11%

0.7%

Eligible for Free or Reduced-Priced Meals

Receive Special Education Services

Are English Language Learners


CRITERIA TO APPLY

$0 Application Fee

0

$0

Tests for Admission

Tuition


Question 2

ARE OUR STUDENTS STAYING WITH US?

100%

Actual Enrollment to Budgeted Target (as of September 1, 2015)

100% (438)

100% 100% (221)

(393)

98% (263)

102% (126)

101% (499)

100% (314)

101% (121)

100% (2375)

KMCH KMCM KMAM KMPM KMUM KMCE KMAE KMPE Region

76%

Of Our KIPPsters Returned in 2015 (or completed the highest grade at their school)


In the 2015-16 school year, KIPP Memphis completed its full K-12 pipeline, educating third and fourth-grade students for the first time. With the addition of these grade levels, KIPP Memphis can now offer support and an excellent education for students starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school and college graduation.

I like KIPP because I want to grow my brain! What I like most about my school is reading books. I want to be a teacher when I grow up. Amekiya Class of 2027 KIPP Memphis Academy Elementary


Question 3

ARE OUR STUDENTS PROGRESSING AND ACHIEVING ACADEMICALLY? For the 2015-16 school year, Tennessee did not administer state standardized exams or provide related Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) scores which enable comparison across schools. In place of those results, we share KIPP Memphis regional student outcomes as measured by NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a national norm-referenced test taken by KIPP and other schools nationwide. MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS: Nationally, the average student will place in the 50th percentile on the MAP test. This is considered at grade level; therefore, students scoring in the top and third quartile are above grade level. MAP’s measure of typical growth refers to the national average growth experienced by students of the same grade level and starting percentile. Students who make exactly typical growth will place in the same percentile on the fall and spring tests; those who exceed or fall short of typical growth will, respectively, rise or fall in percentile on the spring test. KIPPsters who have been with KIPP for over a year are more likely to exceed typical growth and increase their spring percentile level. In this way, KIPPsters, many of whom start KIPP far below grade level in math and reading, can achieve at or above grade level status and then leave KIPP better prepared for college. The completion of our K-12 pipeline introduced many new third and fourth-grade students to KIPP Memphis last year; however, we anticipate above typical growth for these new KIPPsters over the coming years. As shown below, our middle school KIPPsters demonstrated incredible growth—in some cases, growth over twice as high as typical levels.

MAP Growth in Reading Above Grade Level Below Grade Level

Fall-Spring Kindergarten

Fall-Spring 1st Grade

Fall-Spring 2nd Grade

Fall-Spring 3rd Grade

Fall-Spring 4th Grade

Fall-Spring 5th Grade

Fall-Spring 6th Grade

Fall-Spring 7th Grade

Fall-Spring 8th Grade

Fall-Spring 6th Grade

Fall-Spring 7th Grade

Fall-Spring 8th Grade

MAP Growth in Mathematics Above Grade Level Below Grade Level

Fall-Spring Kindergarten

Fall-Spring 1st Grade

TOP QUARTILE

Fall-Spring 2nd Grade

Fall-Spring 3rd Grade THIRD QUARTILE

Fall-Spring 4th Grade

Fall-Spring 5th Grade SECOND QUARTILE

BOTTOM QUARTILE


KIPP Memphis Extracurricular Activities Soccer Basketball Cross Country Golf Football Track & Field Cheerleading

Volleyball Flag Football Running Club Mu Alpha Theta Tri-M (music) Science Honor Society English Honor Society

Rho Kappa Honoraria Hispanica National Honor Society Student Government Poetry Out Loud Sewing Club Step Team

Coding Club Theater Club Marching Band Dance Drum Line Majorettes Showstoppers

KIPP has good teachers and they keep students on track. I love playing for KIPP because Coach Wallace pushes me to keep going, to stay focused on my future, and to keep my grades up. Antonio Student-Athlete, Class of 2023 KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle


Question 4

ARE OUR ALUMNI CLIMBING THE MOUNTAIN TO AND THROUGH COLLEGE? HS Graduation Rate 91%

94%

100%

74%

College-Going Rate Low-Income

82%

National

83%

64% 45%

KIPP National KMCH Class of 2016

Where KIPP Memphis Collegiate High Alumni Start College 2-Year College

28%

4-Year College

20%

80% 72%

American University Arkansas Tech University Bethune-Cookman University Christian Brothers University Dillard University Franklin & Marshall College Georgetown University Grambling State University Hinds Community College Hiram College Howard University Jackson State University Lane College Lycoming College

Middle Tennessee State Millsaps College Mississippi U. for Women Rhodes College Smith College Southwest TN CC Tennessee State University U. of Arkansas at Pine Bluff U. of Tennessee, Knoxville U. of Tennessee-Martin U. Tennessee at Chattanooga University of Memphis Western Kentucky University William Moore College of Tech.

Class of 2015 Class of 2016

$6,955,043

Merit and Need-Based Scholarships Earned by the Class of 2016


Jyra as a 7th grader at KIPP Diamond, now known as KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle

KIPP is one of the best things that has happened to me. Not only did KIPP provide me with amazing opportunities and resources (college tours, summer programs, internships, ACT prep, etc.,) it gave me hope for a brighter future and prepared me for my future endeavors. I’m a sophomore, Writing Center tutor, leader in my dormitory’s student government, and treasurer of a first-generation student support group on campus. College has been very challenging, but every moment and every opportunity is molding me into the person I want to become and it’s worth the challenge. KIPP equipped me with the confidence, opportunities, and support needed for a successful future. KIPP pushed me to my full potential and for that, I will always be grateful. Jyra Jones Franklin & Marshall College Class of 2019 KIPP Memphis Class of 2015


Question 5

ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE PEOPLE MODEL?

250 9,000+ Total Staff

Total Staff Professional Development Hours

86% 67% 100%

School leaders taught at KIPP before accepting their school leadership role Assistant principals taught at KIPP before accepting their current role KIPP Memphis teachers receive content-specific professional development


KIPP has a motto of team and family and that’s really really what it is. Francesca McKee Teacher KIPP Memphis Preparatory Middle


Question 6

ARE WE BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL MODEL?

$29.4M

FY2015-16 INFLOWS

$29.0M

FY2015-16 OUTFLOWS

Public Funds: State, Federal, and Local (79%)

School Expenses (77%)

Philanthropic Giving (21%)

Facilities (12%) Shared Services Team (11%)

2020

YEAR THAT KIPP MEMPHIS WILL REACH FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY ON PUBLIC FUNDS


Builders of a Better Tomorrow Thank You! KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools is grateful to the individuals, foundations, and businesses who supported our KIPPsters and schools during the 2015-16 school year. Each of you truly are builders of a better tomorrow.

2015-16 KIPP Memphis Board of Directors Rhomes Aur

Charles Gerber

Terence Patterson, Chair

First Tennessee Bank

Gerber/Taylor Management Co.

Downtown Memphis Commission

Jim Boyd Pyramid Peak Foundation

Barbara Hyde Hyde Family Foundation

Peter Formanek

April Jackson

Private Investor

Methodist Healthcare

Elliot Perry Poplar Foundation

Greg Thompson Pyramid Peak Foundation

Executive Leadership

School Leaders

Kelly Wright

Jenna Bartkiewicz

Executive Director

KIPP Memphis Academy Elementary

Terence Johnson

Andrew Bobowski

Chief of Schools

KIPP Memphis Academy Middle

Christy Harris

Sharifa Edwards

Chief Academic Officer

KIPP Memphis Collegiate High

David Barczak

Julie Poluszejko

Chief Financial Officer

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary

Gretchen Dodson

Timothy Pruitt & Brian Seay

Chief Operations Officer

KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle

Christine Levy Chief Strategy and External Affairs Officer

Richard Bailey Senior Director of KIPP Through College

Helsa Thompson Senior Director of Talent

Sarah Jensen KIPP Memphis Preparatory Elementary

Crystal Windless KIPP Memphis Preparatory Middle

Mitchell Bartkiewicz KIPP Memphis University Middle


I saw the things that KIPP offered, the structure, the extracurricular activities, and the purpose of knowing you can go to college. That was the main thing, knowing KIPP will follow him through college. He needs that extra support. Shelfina Wilkins KIPP Parent KIPP Memphis Collegiate High

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2015-16 KIPP Memphis Annual Report