KIPP DC remains highest performing PreK3-12 LEA in DC on 2017 PARCC Assessment

Today, the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education released 2016-17 scores for all D.C. schools’ performance on PARCC, the state assessment administered to all public school students. We were excited to see growth across the District of Columbia and proud that KIPP DC’s students showed consistently strong performance on the PARCC assessment.

KIPP DC remains the highest performing PreK3-12 system in the District, providing a comprehensive educational pathway for 6,000 of the city’s students on their paths to and through college and career. On average, KIPP DC students outperformed students from D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the charter sector average on both the Mathematics and English Language Arts assessments. More students scoring 4s and 5s on the PARCC attend KIPP DC than any other charter system in the city.

Overall PARCC Performance

“Teachers and parents are incredibly proud of the skills and knowledge that KIPP DC students demonstrated on last year’s PARCC assessment,” said Susan Schaeffler, founder and chief executive of KIPP DC. “We have bright students and hardworking teachers, and their efforts have led KIPP DC schools to be among the top performers in the District of Columbia.  With our school year already underway, our staff, students, and parents are recommitting to building upon our strengths, while reflecting and improving on our areas of growth.”

Highlights from KIPP DC’s 2016-17 PARCC Results:

  • KIPP DC Promise Academy again ranks as the highest performing charter elementary school in the District of Columbia.
  • At our Douglass Campus, Heights Academy and AIM Academy are the highest performing elementary and middle schools in Ward 8.  We’re proud of the Douglass Campus for their growth and continued educational leadership in Anacostia.
  • Students at our Benning Campus collectively led Ward 7 PARCC test takers, with KEY Academy being the second ranked Ward 7 middle school and Promise Academy being the top-performing elementary school in Ward 7 and top-performing charter elementary in the District.
  • Across the KIPP DC network, our students have consistently been among the city’s top performers in Mathematics proficiency rates in recent years, and we were pleased to see those outcomes again this year (39% proficiency vs. city average of 27% proficiency). Promise, Heights, Spring, and Lead Academies are the four highest performing charter schools on the Mathematics PARCC exam.
  • KIPP DC College Preparatory, our high school, remains among the strongest performing open-enrollment high schools in the District of Columbia. With a record freshman class of 275+, we’re excited to see more KIPP DC students on a path to a choice-filled life at KCP this year.

This is the third year that students in the District of Columbia have taken this Common Core-aligned assessment, which was designed to be far more challenging than our previous assessment (the DC CAS) and is aligned to KIPP DC’s mission of preparing students for college and careers.

“PARCC has driven an important dialogue in D.C. about college and career readiness, and it is one of the many data points that we use on the road to college and self-sustaining careers,” Schaeffler said. “As we look to the 2017-18 school year, we’re excited to celebrate our students’ PARCC achievements and continue our focus on ensuring a more equitable future for all Washington, D.C. students.”


KIPP DC, the largest public charter school network in Washington, D.C. and second largest system behind DCPS, has been operating high-quality schools in the District for 16 years and currently educates 6,000 students in grades PreK3 through 12 at 16 schools.

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KIPP DC’s KIPP Through College & Career Director Named Best In Nation

Congratulations to KIPP DC’s Tevera Stith for being awarded the KIPP Through College & Career Excellence in Leadership Award at the KIPP Schools Summit 2017!

The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes one KIPP Through College  & Career counselor in the KIPP network that embodies the ideals of the KIPP Through College Program. Under Tevera’s leadership, KIPP DC has grown to be a national leader in supporting first-generation college students excel on the path to and through college. The Class of 2016 has one of the highest estimated college completion rates for a graduating class in the KIPP network.

This is a result of her tremendous vision and guidance in shaping KIPP DC’s college counseling, college partnerships, persistence, and career practices over the past six years for the more than 2,500 KIPP DC students and alumni. 

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We want to extend a huge congratulation to Tevera and her entire team on such a prestigious honor!  Check out a video of her receiving the award!

1st Day of School Schedule (2017-18)

In just a few days, we’re kicking off our 17th year of an extended school year for our students and families! At KIPP DC we’ve always believed that more time in schools for both academics and extracurriculars is an essential part of a college preparatory education.

Check below to find the corresponding 1st Day of School:

August 3rd –  PreK4 – 8th Grade

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August 10th  –PreK3

August 14th   10th – 12th Grade

Never miss a beat! View and Download the 2017-18 Academic Calendar:

PreK3-8th: Here

KIPP DC College Prep: Here

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Celebrating KIPP DC College Prep’s Class of 2017

The Class of 2017 earned over $3 million in college scholarships and 100% of them were accepted to college!

We were thrilled to celebrate KIPP DC College Preparatory’s Class of 2017 on Friday, June 9th at the Cramton Auditorium at Howard University. The Commencement Ceremony began with welcoming remarks by The Honorable Mayor Muriel Bowser, who both congratulated the Class of 2017 for their accomplishments and urged them to continue giving back to their communities, which would always allow them to be productive citizens of Washington D.C.

Following Mayor Bowser’s remarks, this year’s salutatorian Ms. Brittany Williams and valedictorian Ms. Kenya Johnson gave riveting reflections on the Class of 2017’s journey to graduation. Ms. Williams and Ms. Johnson encouraged their classmates to stay politically active and engaged in the political process after leaving the halls of KCP.

The Honorable Karl Racine, Attorney General of the District of Columbia, gave the 2017 Commencement Address. In his remarks, he encouraged students to “commit to being excellent” and to never quit in all their post-high-school endeavors.

To close the ceremony, KCP Principal Jessica Cunningham gave one of her last graduation remarks as principal of KIPP DC College Prep. In a passionate speech, Ms. Cunningham, among many other lessons, reminded the Class of 2017 of their greatness and urged them to never doubt their abilities or their seat at the table.

Congratulations to all of the Award winners and the entire KIPP DC College Prep’s Class of 2017!

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View & download photos from Commencement here

Benning Campus hosts 2nd Annual ‘Increase the Peace’ Rally

This past Saturday, KIPP DC parent Veda Rasheed along with many other community partners hosted the second annual Increase the Peace Rally at our Benning Campus.

The rally and parade began at KIPP DC Benning Campus and moved through Ward 7 to the Boys and Girls Clubhouse #14.  Participants brought signs, memorabilia, and homemade chants and performances to make their voices heard. In all about 200+ community members joined us and rallied for an end to violence in our community.

Special thanks to our KIPP DC parent and activist Ms. Veda Rasheed for ensuring the second annual Increase the Pace Rally was a success! In addition, thanks to DC Councilmembers Vincent C. Gray and Robert White At Large, and Attorney General Karl A. Racine for their undying support.

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Check out more photos from OLOT Photography here