KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth

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Key Attributes

With an increase in the number of options available for high-quality public education in Dallas, KIPP DFW focuses on a small but unique set of commitments. These guiding principles include strong leadership, a commitment to serve scholars who truly need assistance, a focus on character, a sacred promise to our students, the strength of our national KIPP network, and a goal to grow deeply in the heart of under-served areas of our community in order to create the most impact.

Philosophy

The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide students in underserved communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 162 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving more than 55,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. With high expectations for students and an extended school day and year, KIPP DFW builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first.

Size

1,380 students. Each campus houses an average of 100 students per grade level.

Grade Level Alignment: Pre-k, kindergarten, 1-2, 5-8

Accountability: KIPP DFW is a free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter school with a track record of preparing students for success in college and in life. There are no academic or behavioral requirements to enroll.

Specializations and Program Offerings: Enrolling schools within the KIPP DFW district include KIPP Destiny Elementary, KIPP Truth Elementary, KIPP Destiny Middle School, and KIPP Truth Academy (middle school). KIPP schools are grounded in the belief that strength of character is as important as academic achievement. Our schools are guided by the idea that character building is essential to helping students develop the strengths they need to complete college. We believe that success is “51 percent character and 49 percent academics.” KIPP schools also have a rigorous focus on college completion. Rather than just looking at how many of our graduating seniors are matriculating to college, we follow all our students and track their progress to determine how many graduate high school, enter college, and complete a college degree program. Our initial students in the Dallas-Fort Worth region are now college juniors. To keep students on the path to college, we offer high school and college placement services through our KIPP Through College program. The program offers comprehensive support for KIPP students, alumni, and their parents through ongoing student and parent meetings, high school and college campus tours, counseling, SAT/ACT preparation, career mentoring, and job shadowing. We also support students through the college application process, including the pursuit of financial aid and scholarships.

Extracurricular: KIPP DFW’s extracurricular offerings include various clubs and sports, such as basketball, cheerleading, football, field sports, track, volleyball, After-School All-Stars, Girl Scouts, LEAP Science Program, Ladies at Work (LAW), and LEAD Male Leadership Program.

Safety and Security: By taking all necessary safety precautions seriously, KIPP schools are a safe and secure place for students to learn. Among many safety practices, KIPP requires all visitors to undergo a background check before spending time on campus around students. In addition, all KIPP buildings are inaccessible without permission.

Average Home Value in District: $65,000

Selling Points: KIPP schools offer more than an excellent college-preparatory academic education. Our schools are guided by the idea that character building is essential to helping students develop the strengths they need to complete college, and character building is a strong element of the curriculum taught.

Websitehttps://www.kippdfw.org/