KIPP Texas - Houston

KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys

Grades Served
Grades Served 5-8
Founded 2007
Teachers 22
Students 330

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.

Josh Burnett

John Burnett

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.

John Burnett earned his undergraduate degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. His career in education started two years later when he joined Teach for America in 2008.

He taught English for two years at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Southwest Atlanta and then moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he began teaching at Excellence Boys Charter School.

Mr. Burnett taught three successful years of seventh grade English Language Arts before transitioning into the Uncommon Instructional Fellowship. In that capacity, he served as Excellence Boys’ Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, overseeing their middle school literacy program for two years.

Mr. Burnett and his wife then decided to move back down south. His next role was Principal in Residence at Sylvanie Williams College Prep.

In the 2016-17 school year, John worked as a Miles Family fellow at KIPP Northeast College Prep's Assistant Principal and transitioned to school leader of the campus in the 2018-19 year.

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