SCHOOL VISION: We, the families, staff, and teachers at KIPP Austin Comunidad are committed to providing a transformative educational experience for 100% of our children. Through a dual language program that emphasizes high academic expectations and character growth, our children are empowered to think critically, problem solve collaboratively, and celebrate achievement in both English and Spanish each day. Our children will matriculate into a KIPP Austin middle school in the 5th grade able 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 virtually 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. More than anything, what drives our teachers is the idea that all of our kids, without exception, deserve the best education possible. That is what they strive to provide every day.
- 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 3rd 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 to discuss school projects, learn new ways to support student learning at home, and enjoy homemade food with a community building potluck. The last Family Saturday School of the year features The Exhibition – an event where students and teachers present the impact they have made on our community with the knowledge they have learned from the year.
- 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 culminate in an end of the year College Field Lesson. This year Kindergarten will visit Southwestern University, 1st Grade will visit the University of Texas at Austin, 2nd Grade will visit St. Edwards University, and 3rd Grade will visit Texas State 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!