KIPP Texas - Houston

KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys

Grades Served
Grades Served 2022-23 SY 5-8
Founded 2007
Teachers 21
Students 338

KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys opened its doors in June 2007. Located in Northeast Houston, Polaris is KIPP’s first single-gender school. Its mission is to equip young men with the academic skills, social competencies, and character traits necessary to navigate the challenges of life, attend, and complete the college of their choice, and return to become effective leaders of their community. The vision of KIPP Polaris is that one day, an alumnus of the school will take over the leadership of the Academy. Together, we will re-energize the North Forest region of Houston.

Ritch Atkins

Rich Atkins

School Leader

Being at KIPP Polaris is an invigorating, life-changing experience. Our scholars will inspire and challenge you while our faculty members will support and push you to become a better teacher, student and individual. At Polaris, you will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships, develop as a leader, and most importantly, work with a team dedicated to the mission of building strong boys for our community.

Rich Atkins has served as School Leader at KIPP Polaris Prep since November, 2020. He became a Principal in Residence after three years serving the Northeast Houston community as Assistant Principal at KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys.

Upon graduating from Clark Atlanta University, Mr. Atkins moved to Brooklyn, New York to teach 2nd grade at Excellence Boys, an all-boys school with Uncommon Schools. He taught at Excellence for two years, teaching 2nd and 4th grade. While at Uncommon, he earned his Masters degree with Relay Graduate School of Education.

After two years at Uncommon, Mr. Atkins left to teach at KIPP AMP, the only KIPP school in Brooklyn. During his time there, he taught 8th grade Reading and served as grade level dean. Mr. Atkins seeks to continue deepening the values of collaboration, cultural responsiveness and affirmation at Polaris.

KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys Feeder Pattern

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