KIPP Texas - Houston

KIPP Shine Prep

Grades Served
Grades Served PK3-4
Founded
Founded 2004
Teachers
Teachers 42
Students
Students 875

The mission of KIPP SHINE Prep is to nurture and strengthen students’ creativity, knowledge, character and thinking skills, preparing them to excel academically, physically, and socially in the nation’s finest secondary schools, colleges and in life. With this mission as its guiding light, SHINE opened its doors to 125 Pre-Kinder 4 students and families from across Houston in 2004. As the first primary school in the KIPP network, SHINE grew each year by adding one additional grade level and currently serves 875 SHINEsters in Pre-Kinder 3 through fourth grade. KIPP SHINE Prep was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, in 2018, our first class of SHINEsters graduated from high school and began college. We are extremely proud of the accomplishment of all of our SHINEsters and look forward to continued success and academic achievement in the years to come.

Antara Morris

Antara Morris & Andrew Rubin

Co-School Leaders

"You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.” -Vernon Jordan


Antara joins the SHINE Team & Family after 9 years with KIPP Texas Houston. Antara began her KIPP career as a 3rd grade teacher at KIPP ZENITH Academy and has held the roles of teacher, grade level chair, instructional coach, and most recently Assistant Principal and Principal-in-Residence. Antara brings a passion for students, deep care for families, and a focus on teacher growth, development and retention.

Andrew Rubin
Bio coming soon.

KIPP Shine Prep Feeder Pattern

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Primary Schools

KIPP SHINE Prep