Dear KIPP Texas Families,
If you’ve visited the KIPP Texas website, you have seen that all 59 of our schools are committed to working together with our families and communities to create joyful and academically excellent schools that prepare our students to pursue any path they choose – college, career, and beyond. This work starts as early as Pre-Kinder, focuses in high school, and extends after graduation.
One of the ways we focus on college and career readiness in high school is through our KIPP Through College (KTC) program. This program provides best in class college and career counseling for every KIPPster, guided support to college access, intensive one-on-one support after high school, and career preparation, exploration and experiences throughout our KIPPster’s educational journey.
If your child, a family member’s or a friend’s could benefit from our incredible programs like KTC and is looking for joyful and academically excellent schools, KIPP Texas still has limited seats available for the 2021-22 school year!
You can see one of the ways our KIPP Through College team can impact the lives of our KPPsters by watching Josue Coronado’s inspiring story in this powerful video. Josue graduated from KIPP Houston High School in 2014, went to Georgetown University with the help and support of our KTC team, and is now supporting Little KIPPsters as a teacher at KIPP Texas-San Antonio’s Somos High School! Please feel free to share this video on your favorite social media site so your friends and family can learn about Josue and the impact of KIPP Texas’ KIPP Through College program.
Advocacy Corner – Support KIPP Texas and Public Charter Schools in Texas
Last week, I shared that the Texas Legislature considered six bills that impact public charter schools like KIPP Texas. Many of us shared our story, submitted public comments, and our very own Deputy Chief of Advocacy, Addie Gomez, had the opportunity to speak directly to the Texas House Public Education committee! Thank you Addie and everyone who shared their story and submitted testimony.
If you didn’t get a chance to submit your story, there is still time to contact lawmakers about all the education bills moving through the Texas Legislature. Share your KIPP Texas story today with your lawmaker here! Want to follow along on issues that matter to you? Click here to create a “My Texas Legislature Online” profile and set up customized alerts.
Remember, because the Texas Legislature only meets once every two years, we need to take advantage of this opportunity to ask that our lawmakers support bills that will impact our KIPPsters positively for the next two years.
Pre-K 3 and Pre-K4 Re-Enrollment for Current Families
The re-enrollment process for rising Pre-K4 families began on April 1. Current Pre-K3 families received an email on April 1 with re-enrollment instructions including SchoolMint login details (please do not create a new SchoolMint account). The re-enrollment deadline for rising Pre-K4 families is April 30. Please contact your KIPPster’s school if you have any questions or need any help with the re-enrollment process.
We are in the home stretch of the school year, a season filled with opportunities for our KIPPsters to show what they know and have learned, celebrate their accomplishments through graduations and college commitment ceremonies, and for us to all reflect on the amazing things that we have accomplished together this year. As we focus on finishing this year well, we are also looking ahead and planning on the best start for next year.
We are currently working through decisions on next school year’s plans around the school day schedule, our year-long calendar, whether we will offer a virtual instructional option, safety procedures, etc. Knowing that we need to remain flexible as the COVID situation remains fluid and ever-changing, we will communicate updates on decisions as soon as we have stamped them and hope to communicate a clear, detailed plan for next year before this school year ends.