SCHOOL VISION: The community at KIPP Austin Comunidad are committed to providing a transformative educational experience for 100% of our children with the goal of setting students on a path to and through the college of their choice. Our school-wide dual language program emphasizes high academic expectations and character growth in English and Spanish. Our children are empowered to think critically, problem solve collaboratively, and celebrate achievement each day. A big goal of ours is to matriculate students into a KIPP Austin middle school in the 5th grade with the ability to read, write, and speak in both academic English and Spanish, at or above grade in all content areas.
Learn more about KIPP Austin's Dual Language Program here.
- INCREDIBLE Teachers – 100% of the teachers at KIPP Austin Comunidad could teach anywhere – they are amazing. Our teachers choose to teach with us at KIPP Austin Comunidad in order to be on a team of like-minded individuals who see working with kids as a sacred calling. Our teachers are knowledgeable, creative, resourceful, nurturing, dedicated, continuous learners, collaborators, driven by data and goals, and are persistent. What drives our teachers is the idea that all of our kids, without exception, deserve an exemplary education and the opportunity of attending and graduating from college.
- 50-50 Two-Way Immersion Dual Language program – All students at KIPP Austin Comunidad participate in a dual language program – building academic fluency in English and Spanish every day. In this program, students are immersed in both languages in a simultaneous literacy model. From Kindergarten through the 4th grade, students receive instruction in both reading and writing in both English and Spanish. Students also receive instruction that support academic growth in English and Spanish in Math and Science as well.
- Family Saturday School – Once a quarter families, staff, and students gather together as ONE community to celebrate kids and participate in fun activities that support school goals. This year, Family Saturday School’s will include running the first mile for our Mighty Miles program (Fitness focus), enjoying our Interactive Art Museum (Fine Arts), participating in our Book Fair (Library), and learning more about ways to support Math and Literacy skills at home. In the Spring, we’ll use this time for our Spring Festival and a trip to the Mexican-American Cultural Center in Austin for a student theater performance!
- Field Lessons – Students have the opportunity to earn Field Lessons to off campus theatre performances, trips to the farm, and other special trips that support instructional programming. Our last Field Lessons of the year is to a local college. This year Kindergarten will visit Southwestern University, 1st Grade will visit the University of Texas at Austin, 2nd Grade will visit St. Edwards University, 3rd Grade will visit Texas State University, and 4th grade will travel to Texas A&M University.
DID YOU KNOW...? KIPP Austin Comunidad is the first two-way immersion Dual Language KIPP school in the country and KIPP Austin Public Schools’ first elementary school, founded in 2010.
SCHOOL MASCOT: The honeybee.
SIGNIFICANCE: Honeybees work tirelessly in a highly functioning community (a hive) in order to produce a substance that is nutritious and incredibly delicious: honey. Like honeybees, our KIPPsters work tirelessly as a highly functioning community to produce knowledge. Knowledge is power!