KIPP Texas - Houston

KIPP Journey Collegiate School

Grades Served
Grades Served 2023-24 SY 6-10
Founded 2019
Teachers 30
Students 533

KIPP Journey Collegiate is one half of the network’s first 1:1 (one primary school to one secondary school) feeder pattern, and it provides a new path for our KIPPsters who, once fully grown, will begin their journey in PreK-3 and continue through 12th grade, attending only two schools on one campus.

At KIPP Journey Collegiate, we journey forward with love. We believe in providing all students with a strong academic foundation that will prepare them for the world of the future. We understand the key to unlocking our limitless potential lies in fostering an environment where every member feels safe, loved, connected, heard and empowered to lead their own journey. Each day is an opportunity to learn and grow, and we work with purpose to develop our hearts and minds so that we are equipped with the knowledge and skills we need to create our own futures.

Justin Monarez

Interim School Leader

Justin Monarez was born in El Paso, Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border. As a byproduct of growing up on the border, in a single-parent household, and attending low-income schools, his interests in education were fueled by the awareness and interrogation of his own experiences on the border. He joined KIPP Texas in the summer of 2019. He has made Southwest Houston his home and loves working with the students at KIPP Journey Collegiate.

Mr. Monarez started his teaching career with the 2012 Teach for America corps in Metro Atlanta as a high school science teacher. Since then, he has served in several roles spanning from a middle school Science/Math teacher in El Paso to a STEM instructional coach in central Los Angeles. As Assistant Principal at KIPP CONNECT High School, he focused on providing rigorous STEM and English instruction, fostering inclusive spaces and implementing restorative practices, and crafting strong student male leadership at the school. At KIPP Journey Collegiate, he hopes to continue ensuring staff members and students feel valued, heard and supported and school culture is built around student voice.

Justin advocates for BIPOC students and Latinx communities by finding opportunities to lift those voices. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in El Paso and a Master’s from the University of California in Los Angeles. He is a proud El Pasoan, Chicano, Son, Tio, musician, Spanglish speaker and dog dad.

KIPP Journey Collegiate School Feeder Pattern

Feeder patterns are subject to zoning.

Primary School

KIPP Journey Primary

Middle School

KIPP Journey Collegiate