College acceptance letters roll into KIPP DC College Prep

Hundreds of college acceptance letters are rolling into KIPP DC College Prep (KCP)! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be celebrating graduating seniors on their journey to and through college! Come see where all our students decide to at us May 12, 2017 (3:00- 4:15 pm) at KIPP DC College Prep for College Signing Day.

Meet the KCP Class of 2017


Name: Christian Sturdivant

Middle School: KIPP DC AIM Academy

Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Boys Basketball, Football.

College Acceptances: State Univesity of New York (SUNY), Rutgers University, Morgan State University, Towson University

Intended College Major: Business

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on applying to college: “Take it seriously.”



Name: Kayla Fludd

Middle School: KIPP DC Key Academy

Extracurriculars: National Honor Society, Yearbook Club, Volleyball Team Manager

College Acceptances: 11 acceptances in total. Trinity University, Bennett College,  Virginia State University, Radford University, Shaw University, Lincoln University, Allegheny College, Morgan State University, etc.

Intended College Major: Medical Laboratory Science

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Choose schools that have your major and that you feel most comfortable at.”


Name: Jerrod Thompson

Middle School: John Burroughs Edu Campus

Extracurriculars: Band, Robotics Club, Yearbook Club

College Acceptances: Lycoming College, Radford University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Morgan State University

Intended College Major: Business Management

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Work hard in high school because good grades will pay off when it comes time to getting the right attention from colleges. Always make good decisions.


Name: Diamond Holliday

Middle School: Hart Middle School

Extracurriculars: N/A

College Acceptances: Norfolk State University, Radford University, Sweet Briar College, Trinity Washington University, Virginia Wesleyan College

Intended College Major: Child Development

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 o the application process: “Do all your research on the school first, but make sure to actually visit.”


Name: Nadja Somuah

Middle School: KIPP DC Key Academy

Extracurriculars: Cheerleading, Volleyball, Grease Play, Modeling Club

College Acceptances: 7 acceptances in total. Bowie State University, Norfolk State University, Morgan State University, Frostburg State University, Virginia State University, Delaware State University, North Carolina Central University

Intended College Major: Undecided

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Be sure to choose how you spend your time wisely. Senior year goes by very fast, make every second count.”


Name: Davon Carter

Middle School: KIPP DC AIM Academy

Extracurriculars: Bring it On The Musical

College Acceptances: Radford University, Virginia State University, Morgan State University, Marshall University, University of Toledo, University of Akron, University of Maryland College Park

Intended College Major: Business

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Turn in all of your work, study hard, and always make good choices.”


Name: Alexis Shaifer

Middle School: E.L Haynes

Extracurricular: Girls Basketball, Student Government

College Acceptances: North Carolina Central University, Bowie State University, Fayetteville State University, Lincoln University, Radford University, Virginia State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State

Intended College Major: Criminology, Medicine, Music

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Don’t play any games and apply for as many colleges as possible.”


Name: D’Anthony Hedgespeth

Middle School: KIPP DC AIM Academy

Extracurriculars: Football, National Honor Society, Senior Committee

College Acceptances: University of Toledo, Norfolk State, Allegheny College, Michigan State University, Marshall University

Intended College Major: Mechanical Engineering

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Choose schools based on your best interest.”


Name: Marjeris McKinney

Middle School: KIPP DC KEY Academy

Extracurriculars: Track & Field, Girl’s Basketball, National Honor Society

College Acceptances: North Carolina A&T University, Virginia State University, James Madison University, University of Maryland College Park, George Mason University, Xavier University, Gettysburg College

Intended College Major: Child Psychology, Criminal Justice

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Apply to as many colleges and scholarships as possible.”


Name: Brittany Williams

Middle School: KIPP DC Key Academy

Extracurriculars: Cheerleading

College Acceptances: 10 in total. North Carolina A&T University, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech University, Georgia State University, Delaware State University, Temple University, Virginia State University, Florida A&M University, North Carolina Central University.

Intended College Major: Engineering

Advice to KCP Class of 2018 on the application process: “Start the process early and apply for a lot of scholarships.”

Bring It On The Musical Comes to KCP

This spring our KIPP DC College Prep hosted their 2nd annual musical production: Bring it On!

In December, nearly 75 students auditioned and about 40 were chosen to be part of the musical production at KCP. Preparation for a successful show was no walk in the park! In the months since students dedicated numerous hours, and even many Saturday’s, to prepare for the 3-night performance.

In addition to the excellent direction from KCP’s theater department, students also had the opportunity to get direction from Broadway professionals! Through a partnership with Broadway Dreams Foundation, students were able to get direction from professionals who were part of the original cast of Bring it On!  Over President’s Day weekend, students worked 8-hour days with Broadway Dreams coaches to ensure they were ready! In the end, the coaches were so impressed that four of our students (Da’ja Williams, Taylor Bryan, Jniya White, and Maurice Jackson) were offered scholarships to attend their Summer Intensive weeklong workshop!

Huge Congrats and thanks to the KCP Theater Department, Caity Schneeman, Joella Braun, Meg Miraglia and Beth Raymond for all their hard work and commitment.

Check out photos from the 3-night premiere at the KIPP DC College Prep Theater

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March Madness Comes to KIPP DC

KIPP DC AIM Academy hosted the first ever ‘KIPP DC CUP’ Middle School Boys Basketball Tournament.

On Saturday, April 1st four KIPP DC Middle Schools competed in the ‘March Madness’ style basketball tournament at Douglass Campus in Ward 8. Families and students from AIM, KEY, WILL, and Northeast Academies filled the gymnasium and cheered their team to victory. While all our teams fought hard, the Northeast Academy Royals were crowned KIPP CUP 2017 Champions. The Royals, led by Mr. Isaiah Johnson and Mr. Rashaand Sass, defeated KEY Academy in Round 1 and WILL Academy in the Championship game. This year, the Royals also took home the 2016-17 PCSAA Middle School Boys Basketball Championship Title.

Huge congrats to all the teams, coaches, and fans on a great day of sportsmanship, basketball, and fun! Shoutout to Mrs. Gerald and the entire AIM Academy team + family for their commitment to making KIPP DC CUP 2017 a success! See you at KIPP CUP 2018.

Check out more photos here.

PNC Grow Up Great Day at Connect Academy

PNC Grow Up Great Day comes to KIPP DC’s Connect Academy

On April 4, PNC took an ordinary Tuesday and making it extraordinary by hosting its first-ever PNC Grow Up Great GREAT DAY at Connect Academy! The PNC Grow up Great program is a PNC-lead initiative to help young children prepare for school arts through awarding grants, providing resources for educators and families, and partnering with organizations like the creators of Sesame Street® and the National Head Start Association.

PNC partnered with several local non-profit organizations to make this an amazing event for our KIPPsters! Some of the activities included:

  • Daniel the Tiger story time with PNC Regional President Richard Bynum and PNC executives Dave Gatling and David Smith.
  • Obstacle course with the PNC Wellness team.
  • Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Terlene Terry-Todd led students in interactive song and creative dance experiences that encouraged expression and imagination.
  • Real School Gardens led an engaging group activity around gardens and items commonly found in nature.
  • The Smithsonian Museums guided imaginative exploration of the types of items found in our Smithsonian museums, including the puppets that live at the National Museum of American History from Cookie Monster and Elmo to Bert and Ernie! Students created their own colorful characters or special crowns.

Proud to have supporters like PNC that are committed to supporting the best educational outcomes for our KIPP DC students.

Check out more photos from Grow Up Great Day.

KIPProm 2017 Successfully Benefits KIPP Through College

Thank you for joining us at KIPProm 2017!

We were thrilled to be surrounded by hundreds of friends and supporters as we celebrated the work of our KIPPsters. The highlight of the night was having nearly 500 guests enjoy an evening of great food, drinks, and company; learning about the 15 years of impact KIPP DC has had on students in Washington D.C.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Check out more photos from Kris Tripplaar here. Looking for that awesome photo booth shot? Find them here.