A Green Valley Ranch resident, Liz felt good about Andy’s middle school, KIPP Montbello College Prep. But as he approached high school, she worried about whether he’d be able to access opportunities more affluent families might have – especially in an area of the city where many schools were bursting at the seams.
KIPPsters participated in a press conference on legislation sponsored by Representative Angela Williams, our state representative in Far Northeast Denver, which would create equal funding for charter schools.
Kimberlee Sia, executive director of KIPP Colorado Schools, spoke to Chalkbeat Colorado and attributed the network’s success to work to identify gaps with students early on, defining strategies for getting kids up to speed and a pipeline that makes it more likely students that start with KIPP stick in the network.
For the second consecutive year, MWH Global, a company committed to inspiring the imaginations of students everywhere to build a better world, has funded the purchase and installation of “STEM” equipment & technology, including 3D printers and iPads, for students to use at the newly-opened KIPP Montbello Collegiate High School.
For eight years, Mathematica Policy Research has been studying schools in the charter school network Knowledge is Power Program. Within three years of students entering the KIPP system, its elementary and middle schools have a positive impact.
At the elementary level, students are improving by six to 10 percentiles in three out of four math and reading categories.
The study is the first independent analysis of how KIPP schools perform at every level, from elementary through high school, and it shows that when KIPP students reach high school, the academic growth that they experienced in younger grades does not continue at the same pace. But students who enroll in KIPP high schools from outside the charter network do show significant academic achievement at KIPP high schools.