KIPP Approach

What makes a KIPP education unique?

All KIPP Colorado schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars. As our network continues to grow, we are constantly reflecting on the beliefs below to build and grow high-performing schools. KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy teachers, school leaders, and staff focus on:

A Belief in All Students

At KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, our work is grounded in the core belief that all students can, and will, learn and achieve at the highest levels.

Academics & Character

  • At KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, we take very seriously our commitment to shaping tomorrow's leaders. In addition to rigorous academic programming, we help our students grow as individuals by providing after-school clubs and sports, summer programs, community service requirements, and health and physical education curriculum.

  • KNDLA is a college-preparatory school whose goal is to prepare students to be successful in college. We have a rigorous curriculum and a learning environment that is challenging. Our approach is not to train our students; rather, to teach them how to think through complex problems and figure things out on their own.

  • Grades, test scores, and other academic achievements are certainly a priority, as they will determine the quality of college our students are accepted to and the scholarship money they receive. However, strong academics is not the only goal for our students. We focus on the holistic development of our students so they are individuals with strong moral character, have superior self-discipline, and have the grit and work ethic to overcome any obstacles in life.

Climbing the Mountain To & Through College

Our ultimate goal is to see our students to and through college, and we commit to supporting our students through their time in college, and even beyond. Learn more about KIPP Through College.

Excellent Teachers & Leaders

Outstanding schools are built, led, and sustained by empowered leaders. Supported by a great leader, excellent teachers help students develop the character, knowledge, habits of mind, and skills needed to be successful in college and the world beyond.  Learn more about KIPP Colorado's teachers and leaders.

Community Engagement

Our work with families is a partnership. We expect that families will help students work hard at home on schoolwork and push their kids to reach their full potential, and families can expect us to always act on what we believe is best for their children. Regular communication between school and families is essential and includes weekly newsletters, family nights, and parent/teacher conferences each quarter.

KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy's Priorities 

Focus on Character Development 

Grades, test scores, and other academic achievements are certainly a priority, as they will determine the quality of college our students are accepted to and the scholarship money they receive. However, strong academics is not the only goal for our students. We will focus on the holistic development of our students so they are individuals with strong moral character, have superior self-discipline, and have the grit and work ethic to overcome any obstacles in life.

Collaborate with Families and Community 

Our work with families is a partnership. We expect that families will help students work hard at home on schoolwork and push their kids to reach their full potential, and families can expect us to always act on what we believe is best for their children. Regular communication between school and families is essential and will include weekly newsletters, family nights, and parent/teacher conferences each quarter.

Provide a World-Class Education

KNDLA is a college-preparatory school whose goal is to prepare students to be successful in college. We will have a rigorous curriculum and a learning environment that is challenging. Our approach is not to train our students; rather, to teach them how to think through complex problems and figure things out on their own.

  • Promote a Healthy Lifestyle 

  • We take seriously the overall physical and mental health of our students. Rigorous exercise will be routine, and we will teach students to develop nutritious eating and exercise habits.
  • Build Success Beyond the Classroom

  • Beyond succeeding academically, our students will also show their greatness in everything they do. KNDLA will offer strong elective classes, a variety of after-school enrichment clubs, and competitive sports programs. Students will be required to get involved in extracurricular activities to become more well-rounded individuals.