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KIPP Austin Comunidad

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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.

SCHOOL FEATURES:

  • 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!

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING: Our current 4th grade class will graduate from high school and begin attending college in the year 2024 as confident, creative, independent, collaborative, kind, respectful, bilingual and biliterate young people. KACD follows a school-wide, 50/50, two-way dual language program. Students spend about half of their instructional day learning content (literacy, math, science, social studies) in the English language and half of their instructional day learning content in the Spanish language. We uphold high expectations for students in both languages and in all content areas with individual student benchmarks, as well as school-wide, grade level-specific, end-of-year, and growth goals.

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS:

  • MAP Reading Performance: MAP is a nationally normed assessment we give students 3 times a year. This assessment is used to measure growth in Reading and Math and is used at KIPP Austin Kinder - 12th grade. Based on the extensive research and usage of this assessment, results can be aligned to college readiness. State assessments are very important but MAP is how we know we are accomplishing our mission - to and through college!
    • In May of 2015, our MAP Reading results in 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade were in the top 10 schools in the KIPP national network.
    • In May of 2015, our MAP Math results in 2nd grade and 4th grade were in the top 5 schools in the KIPP national network.  
    • Our 4th graders in 2015 (Class of 2023, our pioneer class) on average performed on par with students in the 6th grade at KIPP Austin in MAP Math.
  • Attendance and Student Attrition: On average, 98% of our total student body attend school each day. In the 2014-2015 school year, less than 6% of our total student body left our school to live elsewhere or otherwise return to their home school. In other words, not only do our students and families stay with us from year to year, but the vast majority of our students attend school each day. Both of these data points lead to often greater growth and results.
  • Family Satisfaction: 97% of our families stated in their end of the year satisfaction survey that they were satisfied with how KIPP Austin Comunidad is preparing their son/daughter for college. 98% of our families, on the same survey, stated that they would recommend KIPP Austin Comunidad to another family. This information is based on how informed families feel they are, the level of communication families receive, and the impact the school is making on their children and family.

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