KCP students pitch in to create #KindComments Mural

On Wednesday, October 11 two KIPP DC College Preparatory students and art teacher Mr. Zulu participated in the painting and unveiling of Instagram’s #KindComments Mural at Union Market DC.

Created by Instagram, the #KindComments campaign is a global initiative intended to transform walls around the world into colorful beacons of kindness! Over the course of a few days, artist Dallas Clayton led a team of local artists, students, and community members to create the D.C. mural. Check out the mural for yourself at Union Market on 6th street – just steps from KIPP DC College Preparatory High School. 

The unveiling attended by Congressman Scott Peters, Councilmember McDuffie, Instagram’s COO Marne Levine, and recording artist Jewel was one to remember! We’re proud to support the arts and our students, who were able to have a hand in bringing kindness and joy to Ward 5!

 Photos by local photographer Gary Williams

KIPP in the Community – September 2017 Edition

Happy September! The leaves are beginning to fall, and our students have officially reached their 40th day of school. While students and families are quickly getting acclimated to the new school year, our community relations team has also been out and engaging members of the KIPP DC family and entire D.C. community. Take a look at what’s been up this month with the team at KIPP DC.


Joyful Food Market comes to Benning and Smilow Campus –  Since 2015 we’ve partnered with Martha’s Table and local nonprofits to bring healthy pop-up grocery markets to our Douglass Campus in Ward 8. This year, we’re proud to kick off the first of many Joyful Food Markets at Benning and Smilow Campuses in Ward 7.  It was a pleasure to see so many students and families, neighbors, and community members come together to shop for fresh, healthy produce, pantry items, and sample new products – all at no cost! Learn more and mark your calendars for the next Joyful Food Markets at Benning and Smilow Campus.GrossoKEY

Councilmember David Grosso & Restorative Justice at KEY Academy  –  Councilmember David Grosso and staff member Darby Hicks visited KEY Academy school leaders at Benning campus in Ward 7. Councilmember Grosso stopped in to get an in depth look at some of the restorative justice practices and learn how they are positively changing the way our staff, students, and families approach discipline and student-staff relationships!

Smilow Parent Community Meeting – We’d like to extend huge thanks to all of the families that joined us at the Smilow Community and Parent Meeting on September 14. Your open and honest conversation regarding a potential KIPP DC high school location, course offerings, and culture was invaluable! We look forward to many continued conversations, across all our campuses, with our families on the future of our students’ education! Be sure to join us for upcoming October meetings at Douglass Campus (10/3), Webb Campus (10/11), and Shaw Campus (10/18). More information to come.


Breanna Bledsoe visits KIPP DC Douglass Campus – Breanna Bledsoe, Legislative Counsel to Councilmember Robert White, visited KIPPsters at our Douglass campus on September 12. Ms. Bledsoe visited the Douglass Campus to get an inside look at the early childhood and elementary educational design at our tier 1 Discover and Heights Academies. Learn more about the quality of KIPP DC early childhood schools here.

Back to School Nights at KIPP DC – This month we continued to meet new and reconnect with returning students and families at Back to School Nights across KIPP DC campuses. Our teachers and leaders were eager to meet their students’ families and are excited to build sustaining partnerships to ensure an excellent year. If you need a copy of the 2017-18 handbook, your school’s lunch menu, or additional resources, head to our Family Resources page!


KIPP DC College Preparatory Students Attend Women’s Leadership Summit – On Friday, September 15 KIPP DC College Preparatory students attended the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Leadership Summit! As part of the summit, students got the opportunity to sit in on the Women Inspiring Design, Equity in Architecture lecture featuring renowned architect Dina Griffin. Dina gave inspiring remarks on women in architecture and even discussed her most recent journey to becoming one of the architects of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago!

What an exciting September! Check back next month to see what the community relations team has been up to across the District. As always, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Althea Holford or Nathan Woods with questions or to learn more about where KIPP DC is in the community. Excited to see what October has in store!

KIPP DC Welcomes New Capital Teaching Residents


The Capital Teaching Residency welcomed 93 talented educators for the 2017-18 school year.

Residents kicked off the new year in July during the Capital Teaching Residency Summer Academy at KIPP DC College Preparatory. New residents received professional development, peer-to-peer feedback, and excellent training sessions by our friends at Relay Graduate School of Education! The summer professional development focused on topics regarding child development, classroom observations, race & equity, and family engagement. We’re grateful to have the Capital Teaching Residency program helping to recruit, train, and support excellent educators for KIPP DC classrooms and students across Washington D.C.


 Learn more about the Capital Teaching Residency or apply to join the 2018-19 cohort here

KIPP DC College Prep Fall Sports Schedule

Below you’ll find the schedules for all of the KIPP DC College Preparatory Fall Sports. Be sure to come cheer on your KCP Panthers during a game this season!

Boys Varsity Football

Date               Opponent                                                  Time                            Location

8/25              KIPP DC VS CCA                                  7:00 pm                      PG Sports Park

9/1                 KIPP DC @ Roosevelt                         6:00 pm                       Roosevelt

9/8                KIPP DC @ Kingsman                          7:00 pm                      KCP

9/15               KIPP DC VS Chavez                              7:00 pm                      KCP

9/23              KIPP DC VS Crossland                         2:30 pm                      KCP

9/30              KIPP DC VS Richard Wright               2:00 pm                      KCP

10/06            KIPP DC VS Paul                                    7:00 pm                     TBD

10/14             KIPP DC VS National Collegiate         2:00  pm                    KCP (Homecoming)

10/21             KIPP DC VS Model                                2:00  pm                    KCP

10/27             PCAA Playoffs                                        TBD                            TBD


Boys Junior Varsity:

Date               Opponent                                                 Time                         Location

8/31                KIPP DC @ Northern VA                    5:00 pm                    Manassas

9/7                  KIPP DC VS Ron Brown                       5:00 pm                    KCP

9/13                KIPP DC @ Potomac School              4:15 pm                     Potomac School

9/23                KIPP DC @ Crossland                         10:00 am                  Crossland

9/28                KIPP DC VS Central                              5:00 pm                    KCP

10/10              KIPP DC VS Potomac School               5:00 pm                    KCP

10/27              KIPP DC VS Central MD                       5:00 pm                    KCP

Girls Soccer Schedule:

Date                  Opponent                                                   Time                          Location

9/26                 KIPP DC VS Latin                                  4:30 pm                     KCP

9/28                KIPP DC @ Kingsman                           4:30 pm                     Kingsman

10/3                 KIPP DC @ E.L Haynes                        4:30 pm                     E.L Haynes

10/5                 KIPP DC VS Tech Prep*                       4:30 pm                      KCP

10/10               KIPP DC VS Chavez*                             4:30 pm                     KCP

10/12               KIPP DC VS Paul                                    4:30 pm                     KCP

10/17               KIPP DC VS DCI                                     4:30 pm                     KCP

10/19               KIPP DC VS Capitol City                       4:30 pm                     KCP

Girls Volleyball Schedule

Date                Opponent                                                        Time                        Location

9/19                 KIPP DC @ Maya Angelou                       4:30 PM                   Maya Angelou

9/21                 KIPP DC VS Tech Prep                             4:30 PM                    KCP

9/26                 KIPP DC @ Capitol City                            4:30 PM                   CCPS

9/28                 KIPP DC VS National Collegiate            4:30 PM                    KCP

10/3                  KIPP DC VS Idea                                       4:30 PM                    KCP

10/5                  KIPP DC @ SEED                                       4:30 PM                   SEED

10/12                KIPP DC @ Chavez                                     4:30 PM                   Chavez

©Judy Davis/ Hoachlander Davis Photography

KIPP in the Community – August 2017 Edition

It’s been a busy month for the KIPP DC community relations team! It’s back-to-school season, and we’ve been out and about meeting students, families, community members, and partner organizations. This year we’re pulling back to the curtain and inviting you to see all the amazing members of the D.C. community we get to work with. This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts letting you know what we’re up to! 

We’re excited to have you along on this journey! A few highlights from August include:

MayorBowserMayor Bowser visits Promise Academy – On August 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennie Niles, and Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson visited KIPP DC Promise Academy in Ward 7 for their #EveryDayCounts campaign. Mayor Bowser reminded KIPPsters of the importance of attending school and encouraged them to make every day count by showing up, on-time, and ready to learn. At KIPP DC, we’ve always believed that more time in school and strong attendance are crucial to student achievement, and we support the Mayor in this vital work. KIPP DC Promise Academy boasts a 94% attendance rate and continues to be the highest-achieving public charter elementary school in Washington, D.C. We’re very proud of our Promise Academy students!  Read more about the Mayor’s visit.


Ridge Road Community Back to School Carnival –  The Back to School Carnival took place on August 12 at the Ridge Road Community Center and brought together a number of Ward 7 residents and organizations. The carnival, organized by KIPP DC parent Veda Rasheed and others, brought together a host of community organizations to provide free school supplies, book bags, haircuts, immunizations, raffle prizes, and information needed to start the 2017-18 year on the right foot! We had a blast and are excited to continue working with the Ridge Road community.  

PACommunity3VE DC Back 2 School BBQ – On August 18, our team hung out at the Ward 8 Back 2 School BBQ with our friends at PAVE and Education Reform NowThe day, held at Friendship Southeast Academy, was filled with moon bounces, face painters, school supplies, and dozens of community resources for Ward 8 families. KIPP DC’s Community Relations Manager, Mr. Woods, even ran into one of his old students, a 2017 graduate of KIPP DC College Preparatory.

Back to School Nights at KIPP DC – Throughout the month, we were especially excited to see so many students and families join us at Back to School Nights hosted across the KIPP DC network. Our teachers were eager to meet their new students’ families and are excited to build lasting relationships with students and families this year. If you need a copy of the 2017-18 handbook, your school’s lunch menu, or additional resources, head to our Family Resources page. We’ll see more of you at the remaining Back to School nights in September! 

sboeState Board of Education’s Markus Batchelor visits Douglass Campus  – On August 31, Ward 8 State Board of Education Member Markus Batchelor visited the Douglass Campus, home to the highest-achieving elementary and middle school in Ward 8.  We were excited to show Board Member Batchelor all that our KIPPsters have already learned this year and discuss his and the State Board of Education’s priorities for the academic year.

Benning Campus Parent Community Meeting – Thanks to all the Benning and Smilow Campus families that joined us for the Parent Community Meeting on August 31. We were grateful for your input and guidance regarding a second KIPP DC high school location, design, and academic program. Your input is invaluable as we chart a path forward for KIPP DC and your students’ education. Keep an eye on your inbox and child’s backpack for more information on additional parent meetings about a second high school at the Smilow and Douglass Campuses this fall.  Parents can also share what they’d like to see in a second KIPP DC high school via our Parent Survey

What a month! Check back at the end of September to see what we’ve been up to and don’t hesitate to reach out to Althea Holford or Nathan Woods on the community relations team with questions or to learn more about what KIPP DC is up to in our community. Till then, have an amazing start to your school year!