KIPP Texas-DFW has seven tuition-free schools educating more than 3,200 students from educationally underserved communities and is part of the KIPP Texas network of more than 55 pre-K-12 schools with 29,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
Why KIPP Texas-DFW
Together with our families and communities, KIPP Texas-Dallas-Fort Worth creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare our students to pursue any path they choose—college, career, and beyond— so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
KIPP Texas–Dallas-Fort Worth Academics
Our success in achieving the mission of creating equitable and joyful schools rests heavily on all members of our instructional team fully embracing four elements of our design: Culture, Alignment, Rigor/Ratio, and Engagement.
A strong and positive culture is our lifeblood. Creating a rigorous, joyful student culture that drives learning and character development is paramount to our success.
We rely on aligned curriculum as an important lever in the Teaching and Learning cycle while also acknowledging that an effective teacher is the highest lever in the cycle.
We believe that without struggle, there can be no progress. Therefore, we believe that our students should be engaged in rigorous and productive struggle in order to reach the demands of college-readiness.
We base our belief about engagement in research-based practices and neuroscience. Research has shown us that deep learning only happens when people are cognitively and emotionally engaged with the material in front of them and when people feel safe in their environment.
Our Primary Schools
Our primary schools are founded on community, care and the cultivation of a love for learning. Our goal is for students to love school from the very start. There is a strong emphasis on Foundational Literacy, Conceptual Math, and exposure to STEAM experiences (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).
Our Middle Schools
Middle school is the place and space to begin the development of our student’s identities as informed and engaged citizens of their school, communities, and of the world. They learn to think deeply, to write passionately, and to engage thoughtfully with rigorous learning experiences.
Our High Schools
High schools are designed to ensure students explore the possibilities beyond high school in a safe environment. They build their intellectual expertise through rigorous coursework and Advanced Placement classes. They feed their thirst for learning and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences whether it is advocacy, class debates, taking action in their communities, bringing us inspiration through the arts, designing new prototypes, compete athletically, and so much more. They graduate ready to choose a path that creates a fulfilling life whether it is college or another viable path.
Mastering the Fundamentals
Our primary responsibility is to provide an instructional program in which students will be given the opportunity to master the fundamental skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, and mathematics. Likewise, other fundamental learnings in the arts, literature, foreign language, natural sciences, social sciences, physical education, and college and career readiness skills must be provided for all student. Recognition must be given to and provisions made for the individual capabilities, creative talents, needs, and interests of each student.
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