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SPOTLIGHT n ewsletter • wi nter 2012

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SPOTLIGHT n ewsletter • wi nter 2012

Washington, D.C. 20001 202-223-4505 | www.kippdc.org

in this issue... KIPP DC Will Open a Fourth Campus. . . . . . . . . . 1 KIPP DC Schools Earn Tier 1 Status. . . . . . . . . . . 2 Nice Work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 KIPP DC Hosts its First College Fair. . . . . . . . . . .2 KIPP DC and TFA Join Forces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Mary K. Bush Visits KCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 KIPP DC’s Shaw Campus Says Thank You. . . . . 3 Save the Date for March Madness . . . . . . . . . . . 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 more than 3,000 students at ten schools throughout the District of Columbia.

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

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Work hard. Be nice. KEY Academy • AIM Academy • WILL Academy • LEAP Academy • Promise Academy • College Preparatory • Discover Academy • Grow Academy • Heights Academy • Lead Academy

kipp dc will open a fourth campus in northeast d.c. This November, after a thorough public proposal and evaluation process, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and the Department of General Services recommended that the Council of the District of Columbia award the Webb Elementary School at 1375 Mount Olivet Road NE to KIPP DC. KIPP DC will open up three new schools at the Webb Elementary School site. The campus will open in July 2013 with a founding class of PreK3 students at an early childhood school and a founding class of Kindergarten students at an elementary school. A middle school serving students in grades 5-8 will open with a founding fifth grade class in July 2014. At capacity, the 100,000 square foot facility will allow KIPP DC to serve an additional 1,000 students each year. “KIPP DC has more than 3,000 students on its waiting list this school year, so the release of the Webb Elementary School site is an important first step on our path to offering more students access to a high-quality education in this city,” said KIPP DC President and Chief Operating Officer Allison Fansler. “We are eager to negotiate the terms of the lease, secure financing for renovations, and execute our vision for a fourth campus.” The Webb Elementary school site is located in Ward 5 in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington, D.C. As identified in the Mayor Gray-commissioned IFF study, this neighborhood has a “service gap,” with students lacking

access to high-quality seats in neighborhood schools. “We are excited about KIPP DC’s plans to enrich and enhance the Ward 5 community by offering students a high-quality educational opportunity at a state-of-the-art facility,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie. “The Webb Elementary School site will once again become a fixture in our community.” Though KIPP DC is one of the highest performing networks of schools in the city, access to facilities has been the biggest barrier to KIPP DC’s expansion. KIPP DC remains committed to serving students in the most under-served communities in Washington, D.C. and is pleased to be working with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and the Department of General Services to do so.

Though Webb Elementary was damaged in a fire this past July, KIPP DC expects to have the building renovated and ready for students in time for the 2013-2014 school year.

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


kipp dc schools earn tier 1 ratings On November 7th, the D.C. Public Charter School Board announced the results of the Performance Management Framework (PMF), an evaluation tool created to assess and monitor charter school performance.

ond and third highest ratings of all charter middle schools and KIPP DC College Preparatory had the third highest rating amongst charter high schools. Only 20 schools received Tier 1 ratings this year.

According to the PMF, Tier 1 schools meet standards of high performance; Tier 2 schools fall short of high performance standards but meet minimum overall performance; and Tier 3 schools fall significantly short of high performance standards and could face closure for their inadequate performance.

Unlike the DC CAS score reports, which only measure absolute performance, the PMF takes into account multiple measures, specifically around growth over time and high school and college readiness, to more holistically evaluate each school.

Every eligible KIPP DC school received a Tier 1 rating on the Performance Management Framework. AIM and KEY Academy received the sec-

kipp dc hosts its first college fair KIPP DC hosted its first college fair this fall, giving students from all ten KIPP DC schools access to admissions representatives from across the country. The fair included a college admission panel, special activities for younger KIPPsters, and representatives from more than sixty colleges and universities, including KIPP College Partners like Colby College, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, and Franklin & Marshall College. KIPPsters were encouraged to bring their parents and guardians to the fair and the event had an incredible turnout. As one elementary school parent said, “It’s never too early to start thinking about college!” KIPP DC remains committed to supporting all students on their path to and through college and plans to continue the college fair tradition for years to come.

“The whole goal of KIPP is to get you to college - no matter what.” Kendra Jones, KIPP DC alumna, student at Morgan State University

KIPP DC is incredibly proud to have all of its eligible schools rated so highly!

kipp dc’s shaw campus says thank you

NICE WORK! KIPP DC is one of 61 finalists in the Race to the Top-District grant competition. If selected, KIPP DC could win up to $10 million to expand the Capital Teaching Residency program and train 415 high-quality teachers over the next four years! The KIPP DC College Preparatory football team made it to the D.C. State Athletic Association Semi-finals! Go Panthers! 256 new students enrolled in the KIPP College Accounts program with Citibank. KIPP DC families are starting to save for college as early as fifth grade!

kipp dc & teach for america join forces for the teach learn lead fellowship The KIPP DC Teach Learn Lead Fellowship was created by KIPP DC to accelerate the growth of highperforming Teach for America corps members in the D.C. metropolitan region. The program selects highperforming first and second year TFA corps members and provides them with extensive training and development from KIPP DC school leaders and master instructors. These fellows are then encouraged to pursue careers in instructional leadership in D.C., helping to close the achievement gap at schools across the city.

On November 14th, all three schools at KIPP DC’s Shaw Campus had a chance to say thank you to some very special guests at a Thanksgiving Assembly and Ribbon Cutting. The event honored Mayor Vincent Gray, City Administrator Allen Lew, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of General Services Brian Hanlon, Chief Operating Officer of the Department of General Services Scott Burrell, and community advocate Martin Moulton. All six honorees played a role in the acquisition and renovation of the Shaw Campus and Bundy Athletic Field. Teachers, staff, and students in PreK3 through eighth grade had a chance to express their thanks for their gorgeous campus and field.

KIPP DC alumnus Rayvon Clark has been selected as the Student Representative to the D.C. Board of Education and the United States Senate Youth Program. He will have the opportunity to meet with many Senators and even President Obama! KIPP DC AIM Academy student Javone Love is KIPP DC’s newest Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. KCP students Tyrell Battle, Kasey Davis, Ahmed Braxton, Ty Chung, Jasmine Morgan, and KIPP DC alumna Andranae Nelson were selected as Posse finalists! These students are in the running for four-year, full-tuition college scholarships! KCP student Kimberly Bowen and KIPP DC alumna Akhir Stewart were named finalists for the Questbridge National College Match program. KIPP DC alumna TaNeshia Reed, a senior at Howard University, was awarded a Pepsi Cola Scholarship. This award will help her to complete her final year of college. The KIPP Foundation has now secured 20 KIPP College Partners. The newest partners are Georgetown University and Trinity Washington!

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

mary k. bush visits kipp dc college preparatory This September, KIPP DC College Preparatory students got to hear an incredible personal narrative from financial executive and federal government official Mary K. Bush. This special visit was coordinated through The HistoryMakers, a non-profit group working to preserve and share the life stories of thousands of African Americans. Ms. Bush was raised in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and spoke of the extreme segregation and challenges she faced as a young African American woman in the south. Her parents, community, and church provided her with the encouragement needed to excel in school and go off to college. Ms. Bush went on to have a very successful career in finance and was appointed as United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. Four years later, she became vice president of international finance for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). Ms. Bush encouraged students at KIPP DC College Preparatory to believe in themselves and to “never let anyone else tell you what you are worth.” She emphasized the importance of hard work, confidence, and persistence in the face of obstacles. KEY Academy • AIM Academy • WILL Academy • LEAP Academy • Promise Academy • College Preparatory • Discover Academy • Grow Academy • Heights Academy • Lead Academy


KIPP DC Winter Newsletter 2012