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SPOTLIGHT n ewsletter • summer 2012

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SPOTLIGHT n ewsletter • Summer 2012

in this issue... KIPP DC’s Tenth School Opens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 More Expansion Plans in the Works. . . . . . . . . . . 1 CTR Welcomes its Largest Cohort. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 KIPP DC Promotes its Eighth Class. . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Class of 2012 is College-Bound . . . . . . . . . . 2 WILL Academy Student Wins National Award. 3 Get Ready for 2013. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Nice Work!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Celebrating the Arts at KIPP DC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

what is kipp dc ? KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, public, college-preparatory charter schools in Washington, D.C., which serves the city’s under-resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts. Outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support helps our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. KIPP DC currently serves 3,100 students at ten schools throughout the District of Columbia.

contact us. kipp dc headquarters: 1003 K Street, NW | Suite 700 Washington, DC 20001 202-223-4505 | benning campus: 4801 Benning Road, SE Washington, DC 20019 douglass campus: 2600 Douglass Road, SE Washington, DC 20020 shaw campus: 421 P Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

celebrating the arts at kipp dc This spring, KIPPsters from nine KIPP DC schools took the stage at The Warner Theatre for the Tenth Anniversary Performing Arts Extravaganza. This celebration of arts programming included performances from the choirs, orchestras, drumlines, and dance programs at our three campuses, along with visual art displays. The performances highlighted the hard work of KIPP DC music and art teachers and the tremendous contributions from our partner organizations, Tango Mercurio and CityDance. KIPP DC is proud to encourage not only excellence in education, but also excellence in the arts. KEY Academy • AIM Academy • WILL Academy • LEAP Academy • Promise Academy • College Preparatory • Discover Academy • Grow Academy • Heights Academy • Lead Academy

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KIPPsters at Lead Academy start their year off right with healthy snacks and newly renovated classrooms at the Shaw Campus. Though Lead Academy currently only offers first grade, it will add a grade each year until it serves students in grades 1-4.

kipp dc’ s tenth school, lead academy, opens On July 9th, KIPP DC celebrated the opening of its tenth school when Lead Academy opened its doors to its founding class of first grade students. Principal Mekia Love, a KIPP DC veteran teacher and former vice principal at KEY Academy, warmly welcomed 111 students and introduced them to Lead’s three key values: Learn, Lead, and Love.

Housed at KIPP DC’s Shaw Campus, Lead Academy will continue to grow one grade at a time, ultimately serving students in first through fourth grade. At capacity, the Shaw Campus, which is also home to Grow Academy early childhood school and WILL Academy middle school, will serve students from preschool through eighth grade.

ctr welcomes its largest cohort to date more expansion plans in the works for kipp dc This April, KIPP DC received approval from the D.C. Public Charter School Board to replicate its model and add three new schools to its network. The decision to expand stems from both the citywide need to offer more high-quality seats, as identified in the IFF Study commissioned by Mayor Gray, and the clear demand evidenced by the KIPP DC wait-list. This past year, KIPP DC received 4,100 applications for the 697 seats available at our schools.

The Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) program continues to attract a highly competitive pool of applicants; a total of 760 applicants applied for the 66 positions available this year! In the 2012-2013 cohort, 54% of the CTR residents are people of color, 33% are male, and 50% are career changers.

KIPP DC hopes to open a fourth campus in the summer of 2013. This campus would ultimately house three new schools and offer preschool through eighth grade, potentially serving 1,500 students at capacity. With 13 schools across the KIPP DC network, we would be able to serve 5,000 students across Washington, D.C.

The Capital Teaching Residency is working to close the achievement gap by increasing the number of highly effective educators in Washington, D.C. The program trains aspiring teachers through an intensive one-year residency. Residents are placed in excellent urban classrooms working alongside highlyeffective mentor teachers. Throughout the school year, residents gradually move from observing their mentors to conducting practice lessons. Working in conjunction with the content they are mastering in professional development coursework, residents take on a considerable amount of teaching responsibility and, ultimately, are prepared to become lead teachers in schools throughout D.C.

We are currently working hard to identify a facility for this campus. Stay tuned for more details!

To learn more about CTR, visit our website:

KEY Academy • AIM Academy • WILL Academy • LEAP Academy • Promise Academy • College Preparatory • Discover Academy • Grow Academy • Heights Academy • Lead Academy

kipp dc promotes its eighth middle school class

will academy student wins national award

This June, KIPP DC held its eighth annual Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony and celebrated the accomplishments of 195 KIPPsters from KEY, AIM, and WILL Academy.

On August 2nd, recent KIPP DC WILL Academy graduate Jordan Wimbish was honored with the Doris Fisher KIPPster of the Year award. The award comes with a college scholarship of $10,000 and is given to up to six eighth grade students from KIPP schools across the country.

With a rousing keynote from KIPP Through College Director Tevera Stith and inspiring words of thanks and wisdom from the three valedictorians, Dhae’Sha Hughes, Ivy Williams, and Akilah Hartgrove, the ceremony highlighted not only the accomplishments of the cohort, but also the work that remains to be done in high school and college. While the majority of promoted students will attend KIPP DC College Preparatory for high school, some KIPPsters are headed off to magnet and private high schools inside and outside of the Beltway, including Phillips Academy Andover, Episcopal High School, Sandy Spring Friends School, Edmund Burke School, Washington International School, The Field School, Benjamin Banneker Academic

High School, and School Without Walls. Regardless of where they attend high school, KIPP DC’s KIPP Through College team will continue to support these middle school graduates as they journey to and through high school and college.

With the KIPPster of the Year award, KIPP nationally recognizes students that set a superlative bar for what it means to be a KIPPster. Recipients are selected for demonstrated personal and academic excellence and impact on their communities, schools, and peers through exceptional practices of leadership and character. John Fisher, Chairman of the KIPP Foundation, presents Jordan Wimbish with the KIPPster of the Year Award.

college-bound: class of 2012 colleges & universities This year, KIPP DC alumni will be matriculating to the following colleges and universities:

the class of 2012 is college-bound This June, KIPP Through College (KTC) hosted its annual Senior Send-off Ceremony to celebrate the KIPP DC alumni who have graduated from high school and will soon begin their journey to and through college. The ceremony, graciously hosted by The Occidental, brings together students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the KIPP Through College staff and gives students a chance to reflect, dine, and wish each other well before they head off to college. “We are so impressed with these students and the hard work that they have done to get to this point. The Occidental is known for hosting many VIP dinners, but this one truly is for very important students, teachers, and families,” said Occidental Chef Rodney Scruggs.

In addition to providing time for reflection, the event introduces students and families to the KIPP Through College team that works with college students. As our alumni transition from high school to college, they have the added support and guidance of KTC College Support Advisors, who will follow their progress and offer guidance until they achieve their next milestone: a college degree.

Allegany College of Maryland Bennett College of Women Delaware State University Edinboro University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Florida A&M University Frostburg State University George Washington University Glenville State University Howard University Indiana - Purdue University Kenyon College

NICE WORK! KIPP DC received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator. KCP Senior Kacey Davis received a full scholarship to participate in NOLS, a wilderness education program offering survival and leadership training. Nine KIPPsters will be attending private high schools this fall as A Better Chance Scholars. Two KIPP DC teachers, Lindsey Hoy & Donny Tiengtum, were selected for the Fisher Fellowship and will spend this year learning how to found a KIPP school.

McDaniel College Morgan State University North Carolina A&T University Old Dominion University Salisbury University Sarah Lawrence College St. John’s University Trinity University University of the District of Columbia University of Maryland College Park Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia State University Wesleyan University Winston Salem State University

KEY Academy • AIM Academy • WILL Academy • LEAP Academy • Promise Academy • College Preparatory • Discover Academy • Grow Academy • Heights Academy • Lead Academy

This fall, Jordan will begin high school as an A Better Chance Scholar at the Washington International School. We could not be more proud of her accomplishments and we look forward to celebrating her successes in the years to come!



2013 is a big year for KIPP DC! Not only will we be celebrating the high school graduation of our founding class at KIPP DC College Preparatory, but we will also be celebrating the very first cohort of KIPP DC students as they graduate from college! There will be lots to cheer for and we hope you will join us as we reach these two milestones and continue to prove what is possible for students in Washington, D.C.

future focus fellows learn on the job This summer, 39 Future Focus Fellows worked more than 5,000 hours in internships in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The Future Focus program is a partnership between Accenture and KIPP DC intended to provide high school students with essential college and career readiness skills. After spending months working with mentors and learning about career readiness at Saturday sessions, the Future Focus interns were well-prepared for their summer jobs.

Interns were placed at sites according to their individual career interests. This summer, the program was lucky to have the support of top-notch host sites, including: •


Goodwin Procter LLP

Howard University School of Law

KIPP Foundation

Two KCP students had the chance to study abroad

National Center for Children and Families

this summer: Jasmine Morgan traveled to England with the National Cathedral Scholars Program & Hope Jones traveled to China with the China Scholars Program.

National Institute of Health

Public Allies

The Washington Dental Studio

To help KIPPsters climb the mountain to college, the KIPP Foundation has secured College Partnerships with: • Colby College • Davidson College • Duke University • Franklin & Marshall College • Mercy College • San Jose State University • Syracuse University • Texas State University • Tulane University • University of Houston • University of Pennsylvania • Spelman College

The Future Focus interns received high marks from their employers for their professionalism and ability to tackle new challenges with grit and focus.

Another KIPP DC teacher, John Barnhardt, was selected for the Miles Fellowship, a two- year pathway to founding a KIPP school.

Lafayette College Lincoln University

Jordan Wimbish was an honor roll student throughout her time at KIPP DC WILL Academy. She excelled both inside and outside of the classroom,

serving on the Student Government Association, as captain of the cheerleading squad, as a member of the debate team, as a participant in the yearbook club, and as a journalist for the school paper. She encouraged her peers to give back to the community by spearheading initiatives like a Pennies for Patients drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Outside of school, she was an integral part of a competitive tumbling team and worked hard to balance a full schedule with her full course load at WILL Academy.

Internship host Washington Dental Studio said, “We had an amazing intern. She was just like any other employee on our team here. We trust her to operate on her own so much that we have been able to leave the front office in her care when we go to lunch. She will be missed!”

Future Focus Fellow Briana presents her disease research findings with her National Institute of Health mentor, Dr. Migdalia Rivera-Goba.

The Future Focus program will welcome a new class of Fellows this September.

KEY Academy • AIM Academy • WILL Academy • LEAP Academy • Promise Academy • College Preparatory • Discover Academy • Grow Academy • Heights Academy • Lead Academy

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