Support KIPP DC
Every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to graduate from college. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts. Outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. The generous donations of individuals, foundations, and corporations who share our vision make it possible for KIPP DC to reach more students throughout our nation’s capital. We hope you will join our mission to help our students climb the mountain to and through college.
The Next Generation Fund provides annual support to KIPP DC’s growing network of ten high-performing charter schools. Each dollar directly supports our current students and teachers as they set a new standard for success in urban education. With annual support of $1 million, our schools can apply these funds to the areas of greatest need – from the growth efforts that will allow us to reach more students in the District to the blended learning technology that allows our teachers to provide the differentiated instruction that spurs student achievement. By supporting the Next Generation Fund, you are helping KIPP DC build a game-changing legacy for public education in the nation’s capital.
KIPP DC is seeking support for three critical programs: Capital Teaching Residency, KIPP Through College, and the Healthy KIPPsters Initiative.
Capital Teaching Residency
In our nation’s capital, too many students — especially those from low-income communities — lack access to excellent teaching. The Capital Teaching Residency (CTR), in partnership with E.L. Haynes Public Charter Schools, is a yearlong residency that provides aspiring teachers from diverse backgrounds with the training and tools needed to become highly effective teachers. Over the course of the year, residents work and learn alongside exceptional master teachers in classrooms at KIPP DC and E.L. Haynes, receiving the professional development needed to lead their own classrooms. After completing the program, they continue to impact student achievement in D.C. by earning certification and committing to teaching in the region for a minimum of two years. By 2015, CTR will train 250 teachers who will impact more than 14,000 students and help to close the achievement gap in Washington, D.C.
The Capital Teaching Residency is currently training 67 residents in the 2012-13 school year. With approximately $25,000 needed in private support for each resident, there is a tremendous need for more than $1.6 million of private philanthropy every year. Your support will allow KIPP DC to build the next generation of great teachers and impact the learning of thousands of students. Click here to donate now.
KIPP Through College
In a city where only 59% of students graduate from high school and only 9% earn a college degree, KIPP DC’s KIPP Through College (KTC) team works hard to ensure that all KIPP DC students and alumni have the tools and support needed to complete high school and attain a college degree.
Individualized support from the KTC team begins as early as seventh grade to strengthen the college-going atmosphere already infused in the classrooms at KIPP DC. In middle school, KTC is there to help students prepare for the transition to high-performing high schools, including KIPP DC College Preparatory. Throughout high school, KTC stays connected with KIPP DC graduates and offers programming and one-on-one counseling to ensure that each student stays on track for high school completion and college matriculation. Once our alumni are in college, KTC remains a constant support, helping with social and academic integration and the financial hurdles associated with pursuing a degree.
The more than ten consecutive years of support provided by the KTC team drives towards one goal: to and through college. So far, it’s working! At KIPP DC, 93% of students graduate from high school and 77% matriculate into college. In 2013, KIPP DC will celebrate its first class of college graduates.
The KTC program would not exist without the support of private philanthropy. Your contributions allow us to offer the supports and services needed to help our students close the college completion gap in D.C. Click here to donate now.
The Healthy KIPPsters Initiative
The Healthy KIPPsters Initiative ensures that our students are growing their bodies at the same time that they are growing their brains. Healthy KIPPsters are active and eat nutritious, healthy meals at breakfast, lunch, and snack time each day at school. Nearly 80% of KIPP DC students meet the federal qualification for Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) and depend on KIPP DC for nutritious meals. With our extended school day, it is essential that our students have the energy needed to actively participate in class and focus on learning. Regardless of their inclusion in the federal meal program, all KIPPsters can start off their day with a free, healthy breakfast. In order to provide nutritious meals and snacks for our KIPPsters, KIPP DC has teamed up with an innovative food service provider that serves freshly prepared, nourishing meals as well as local non-profits that teach students how to plant, grow, cook, and eat healthy goods.
In addition to healthy eating, KIPP DC promotes exercise and physical activity as important components of a healthy lifestyle. KIPP DC offers physical and health education at every grade level, with an age-appropriate increase in the duration and difficulty of physical activities. By the 2014-15 school year, elementary students will receive more than two and a half hours of physical education instruction and activity per week, while middle school students will have almost four hours per week. KIPP DC also makes a commitment to secure and invest in upgraded, safe play spaces and fields that provide KIPPsters at all ages with the opportunity to participate in a wide-range of sports teams and clubs, like soccer, lacrosse, football, and more.
By supporting the Healthy KIPPsters Initiative you are ensuring that our students have access to the healthy meals and activities that will shape their habits for the rest of their lives. Click here to donate now.