Since KIPP schools only go to the 8th grade, how can KIPP claim that their students will attend and complete college?
In addition to the rigorous college-preparatory academic programs students receive at KIPP elementary and middle schools, KIPP continues to support its alumni through the KIPP to College Program. KIPP to College offers KIPP graduates in high school (and eventually college) ongoing academic support which includes, on-site tutoring, free SAT classes, individual advocacy, and assistance with all aspects of the college application process.
If KIPP schools are public schools, why do they need to fund raise?
KIPP schools in Baltimore only receive about 75% of their total operating budgets from public per pupil funding. This is because KIPP's program extends beyond the scope of public funding. Examples of these programs include KIPP Through College; as well as teacher stipends for our extended days, weeks, and year.
I have a child at Ujima. Does my 4-year-old automatically get into Harmony?
Yes! Both schools are on one charter, so we can allow siblings of Ujima students to by-pass the Harmony lottery if seats are available
- Since KIPP schools only go to the 8th grade, how can KIPP claim that their students will attend and complete college?
Ujima Village Academy
Does KIPP Ujima accept students in grades other than 5th?
KIPP Ujima Village Academy will enroll 6th Graders if there is space available. Parents must enroll their child in the 6th Grade lottery. If the child's name is not drawn, he or she will be put on the waitlist in the order of which his or her name was pulled in the lottery.
I have two children who are entering the lottery. If one gets in, does the other automatically get in?
Yes. We ask on the application whether your child has a sibling in the lottery. But please make sure you complete a separate application for each child you are entering into the lottery.
If my child has a sibling at Ujima, does he/she need to go through the lottery?
Yes! Complete an application and check “sibling of current student” on it before turning it in. If it's a grade level where no space is available, they'll be moved to the top of the wait list.
- Does KIPP Ujima accept students in grades other than 5th?
- When giving tours at KIPP, my favorite stop is the Wall of Pride. I love to share with visitors how our students work really hard to earn themselves entry to some of the best college-prep high schools in Maryland and the Country for that matter! — Hilarie Yoffe, Director of Communications
- Working at KIPP has been liberating for me as an educator. I am given the freedom to really teach the curriculum but also life lessons and good habits, the way that I know is best for my students. I can see the impact I am making on each and every child I come in contact with, even once they leave KIPP. — Megan Hall, KIPP Through College Director
- I love working at KIPP because I feel like I belong here! The students and staff are constantly working together to achieve success. We leave no room for excuses and take an active role in our future. — Nancy Poole, Alumni Solutions Coordinator
- I work here because I hope my life will have some small impact on the lives of others. I love our kids because they choose to be here, they choose to work longer and harder, and they choose to climb the mountain to college. If I can help them achieve their goals, then my time and effort are well spent. I love watching our kids grow into young adults who will have a positive impact on their families, their communities, and their world. — Mike Lucas, Principal of KIPP Ujima Village Academy
- KIPP taught me to be more of a gentleman than I was before. — Randolph Taylor, Alumnus
- I learned all I need for high school from KIPP! — Darian Wilson, Alumnus
- If there is a problem, we solve it. If there is a better way, we find it. If a teammate needs help, we give it. If we need help, we ask for it. — KIPP Credo
- What strikes me most about KIPP Baltimore is the dedication and passion that the teachers and staff members brings to their jobs. It makes my job as a board member that much better to know that I am helping to support such an amazing group of educators. — Hugh Cole III, Board Member
- KIPP Baltimore is positively effecting change in the lives of school children by producing extraordinary results. From my perspective, KIPP is Baltimore's brightest light! — Mitchell Whiteman, Board Member
- The public - private partnership of the KIPP model provides a high return on investment for the private supporter KIPP funds go far both in number of students served and in their outstanding performance. — R. Hutch Vernon, Board Member
- As I look back on why I choose KIPP Ujima Village Academy it was because of what KIPP had to offer. My daughter needed a school that was challenging and better than the average middle school. I was sold on the slogan Knowledge Is Power - and their commitment to prepare her for high school and college. — Janet Alford, 7th Grade Parent
- Our future leaders are our children and it is my privilege to work with the team at KIPP Baltimore to help prepare our students for success in college and in life. We teach our students the value of an education and teach them the importance of building their character and academic skills in order to succeed in college and beyond. We hope to help build a better future together to teach children to be happy, self sufficient, successful adults in this global competitive world. The greatest reward from volunteering at KIPP Baltimore is to see the tremendous joy on the faces of our students as they work together as a team, read, learn, grow, and help build a better world for themselves and for all of us. — Wendy Perrow, KIPP Baltimore Supporter
- "I am so excited to see KIPP Baltimore opening a second school to serve children in my district. KIPP has made great contributions to the lives of young people in Baltimore, and I am proud to be an Honorary Board Member of this important organization as it expands its impact in our city." — Congressman, Elijah Cummings
- "With every new high-quality school we open in Baltimore, we raise the bar for what our students can achieve. KIPP Baltimore has been raising the bar since it opened its first middle school in 2002, and now with the opening of KIPP Harmony Academy, City Schools looks forward to continuing to work with KIPP for many years to come to keep raising the bar for our children and their families." — Dr. Andres Alonso, Former CEO of Baltimore City Schools
- When you become a Team and Family member here at KIPP Ujima Village Academy you truly realize the movement you are a part of. KIPP holds their students and teachers to high expectations which creates an environment that empowers all to be the change they wish to see in the American Public Educational System. — William Stapleton - 5th Grade Science, KIPP Ujima Village Academy
- I love working at KIPP because I get to work with students who have a passion for learning and teachers who have a passion for teaching. I love how everyone - students, teachers, administrators, and staff - is willing to do what it takes to meet our high expectations. — Jason Farber, English Teacher
- I am excited to go to work every day because I know I will be surrounded by a team that is passionate about the work that we do and is driven to provide the best education for our students. Teaching Spanish at the elementary level is incredibly fulfilling because our kindergarten and first grade Kippsters are already able to have conversations en español! This will open so many doors for them as they climb the mountain to college and beyond. — Danielle Anderson, Assistant Principal at KIPP Harmony Academy
I love working at KIPP because I enjoy interacting with families and children. It exciting to work on activities that not only make a difference in our school, but in our community.
— Sherrell Savage, KIPP Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator
I love working at KIPP because I know from personal experience that your circumstances don’t have to determine your future. At KIPP, students are given opportunities to believe that success in life is a real possibility and they are surrounded with teachers that believe in them!
— Tammi Coit, Assistant Principal at KIPP Ujima