Commitment to Excellence

After enrolling at KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, the school leader, teachers, parents, and students sign a non-binding pledge called a “Commitment to Excellence” that outlines expectations for student behavior, parent involvement, and school culture.

At KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, we believe that promises are sacred.
We believe in the power of Team and Family. We believe in the power of striving for and attaining excellence. We believe in working harder and smarter. We believe in being nice. We believe in giving and getting support when needed. We believe that an excellent education can improve lives. And ultimately, we believe that all of us will climb the mountain to and through college.

Teacher's Commitment:

I will fully commit to KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School in the following ways:

• I will encourage my students, teammates, and myself to constantly improve.
• I will make myself available to students and parents to address concerns they might have. I will be available via cell phone until 8:00 PM on weeknights, and I will return all phone calls or emails within 24 hours.
• I will take responsibility for my classroom and the larger school community. When relationships or trust break down, I will work with my teammates to find solutions.
• I will uphold and model the rules and high expectations at KIPP. No excuses.
• I will work every day from 6:55 AM to 4:15 PM Monday through Friday (5 PM on Tuesdays). I will do whatever it takes to attend all day, every day.
• I will participate in all Team and Family events (evenings and Saturdays).
• I will take part in all KIPP activities: meetings, evening events, and field trips, including the YET.
• I will do whatever it takes for my students to succeed, and I will constantly strive to improve my instructional skills so that my students succeed.
• I will provide students with rigorous and engaging lessons and meaningful homework that will help them sharpen their skills.
• I will do whatever it takes for students to master     the content and understand that failure is not an option.
• I will treat my colleagues, students, families, and myself with kindness and respect.
• I will tutor students after school when necessary.
• I will provide families with weekly progress reports and paychecks and attend all parent-teacher conferences.
• I will protect the safety, interests, learning, and rights of all individuals at KNDMS.
• I will share any situations that could impact a student’s learning with his/her family members.

Family Commitment:

I will fully commit to KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School in the following ways:

• I will ensure my student completes all homework and allow him/her to call for help if needed.
• I will contact my student’s teachers immediately if I have questions about homework or expectations.
• I will ensure that my student follows the rules at KIPP, including dress code, and I will support the school in holding all students to high expectations. No excuses.
• My student will attend KIPP from 7:15 am to 4:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and until 2:00 pm on Tuesday. I will do whatever it takes to ensure my child attends all day, every day.
• My student and our family will participate in all Team and Family Saturdays and evening events. 
• My student will take part in all KIPP activities: meetings, evening events, and field trips. If my child earns a field trip, I will allow him/her to attend.
• My student will attend Be Nice Detention or Homework Club if required.
• My student will attend after-school tutoring if extra help is needed.
• I will treat my student and his/her teammates and teachers with kindness and respect.
• I will make myself available to my student’s teachers to support my student’s progress.
• I will provide a quiet space for my student to do homework and read at home.
• I will attend parent-teacher conferences and talk with my student about his/her weekly progress reports and paychecks.
• I will ensure that my student honors the safety, interests, learning, and rights of teammates.
• I will share any situations outside of school that could impact our student’s learning with a KNDMS staff member.

Student's Commitment:

I will fully commit to KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School in the following ways:

• I will actively participate in all classes. I will ask questions when there’s something I don’t understand.
• I will contact my teachers via phone or email if I have any questions about homework or expectations.
• I will tell the truth to my teachers and family and accept responsibility if I make a mistake.
• I will follow the rules and high expectations at KIPP, including dress code. No excuses.
• I will take responsibility for my role within our classroom community. When relationships or trust break down, I will work with my teammates to find solutions.
• I will attend KIPP from 7:15 am to 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and until 2:00 pm on Tuesday. I will do whatever it takes to attend all day, every day.
• I will participate in all Team and Family Saturdays and evening events.
• I will take part in all KIPP activities: meetings, evening events, and field trips, including the YET.
• I will focus, work hard, and complete my class work and homework with excellence.
• I will attend Be Nice Detention or Homework Club if my choices throughout the day earn them.
• I will attend after-school tutoring when I need help.
• I will treat my teammates, family, teachers, and myself with kindness and respect.
• I will make decisions that help my teammates and myself go to college.
• I will deliver weekly progress reports and paychecks to my family.
• I will honor the safety, interests, learning, and rights of my teammates. I will notify an adult if any of my teammates are engaging in unsafe behavior.
• I will share with an adult or mediator at school any situations that are impacting my learning, including issues with peers.