Why We Exist
Nationally, less than 10% of low-income students attend college. Fewer than 15% of African-American and Hispanic students read at grade level. It is no different in Austin. In 2009, only 212 African-American and Hispanic students graduated from AISD college-ready.
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:
KIPP schools have clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.
CHOICE & COMMITMENT
Students, their parents, and the faculty of each KIPP school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend a KIPP school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
KIPP schools know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
POWER TO LEAD
The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They have control over their school budget and personnel. They are free to swiftly move dollars or make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
FOCUS ON RESULTS
KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation's best high schools and colleges.
KIPP Austin students enter in the 5th grade performing grade levels behind. In two to three years, they are outperforming their peers in AISD and are on par with Eanes. Our high school is Exemplary rated and 93% of our Class of 2012 matriculated college.