KIPP Texas - Dallas/Fort Worth

KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary

Grades Served
Grades Served 2023-24 SY PK4-5
Founded 2016
Teachers 37
Students 596

KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary opened its doors in 2016 with a vision to create a school located in South Dallas for all children to achieve in both academics, the arts, and social-emotional well-being. In 2019, McKenzie Gadis became the successor school leader to continue the work of establishing a world-class school committed to student achievement. KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary’s mission is to provide children in Pleasant Grove with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college and the competitive world beyond. Through rigorous data-driven instruction, strategic instructional minutes, and collaborative planning, our staff of highly-qualified educators deliver effective instruction in math, literacy, science, and more. We value the whole child and provide curriculum and resources to build strong social and emotional skills. At KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary scholars are CHAMPIONs of their learning, identity, goals and futures.

Deborah Nixon

School Leader

"Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself." John Dewey, educator

Deb Nixon is an experienced educator passionate about leading students to bring the joy of learning. Over the past 30 years, she has taught students in 1st through 12th grade across five states and most recently served as the dean of instruction at KIPP 3D Academy and principal-in-residence and KIPP Generations Collegiate in Houston. She inherited her love of reading from her mom, a children’s librarian, and started her career in elementary school. Returning to where students find their passion for thinking, creating, and learning as the school leader of KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary School is thrilling. In addition to her time spent teaching and leading in schools, she has been married to Andy for 30 years, and they have two children, Anna and Noah. The Nixons love spending time with their extended family, church family, and community, especially where food is involved.

KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary Feeder Pattern

Feeder patterns are subject to zoning.