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Students enrolled: 233
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7511 Raymond Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

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(323) 750-2279
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October 26, 2015
Administrators have little control over the students. They seem intimidated by the parents and unable to make critical decisions involving the surrounding community and residents as they infringe upon the environment and safety of the students who are exposed to daily. Very undesirable neighborhood for the student population. Having to explain the presence of prostitutes who openly walk/work the neighborhood, police cars and other emergency vehicles daily witnessing arrests of illegal activity on the way to school, after school during the school day. Very distracting to the young scholars and way too much for 5-10 year olds to be exposed to. The 3 stars are for the caliber of some teachers who really make a difference under very adverse conditions and environment.

- submitted by a parent
Grateful to: Teacher
October 26, 2015
Ms. Yilpet...great at encouraging students to be and do their best. Great at building self esteem and self worth. She does this consistently with empathy, love and compassion.

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
October 26, 2015
Some are stellar.. Ms. Yilpet, Mr. Magana, others are very marginal.. it seems the good ones move on to more challenging endeavors or are putting more into being effective than the others to get through to the students.

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Amount of homework: Too much
October 26, 2015
The day is long already. There is little time left after class for equally important extra curricular activities

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Develops empathy: Agree
October 26, 2015
This only happens with those teachers who have these strong character traits. They can't develop something in students they don't exhibit personally.

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Develops honesty: Neutral
October 26, 2015
It tries in theory, but fails in practice. Too much emphasis on achieving the right number in behavior rather than rewarding the student who achieves or exhibits this behavior.

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May 14, 2015
My daughter has been at this school 3 years now the entire staff knows her nsme and they all watch out for her and i could tell they have her best interest at heart. The neighborhood is awful but the school is one of the best around. My only complaint is that the teachers trnd not to take seriously the concerns of the children. My daughter seems to be picked on and shes told not to tattle tale which concerns me alot. Otherwise i love this school and after empower she will continue to be a kipp kid.

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November 22, 2014
I am extremely disappointed in this school. The administrative staffers are rude and condescending to parents. They ask for parent input but have done NOTHING in the past two years to improve the conditions of their school. They are focused solely on high test schools to keep up their reputation but don't inspire the children to think for themselves. Anyone looking for a place to educate their is better off at their local public school. At least then their children will get out of school early enough to still gain exposure to enrichment and extracurricular studies. KIPP LA SCHOOLS ARE HORRIBLE. They fit the school to prison pipeline mold perfectly. This is our LAST year at this institution.

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November 20, 2014
The teachers are GREAT! They are truly invested in what they do. Unfortunately the same can't be said about the administration, they actively deceive parents making them promises they don't intend on keeping. The administration and the KIPP L.A. organization ACT as if they are interested in parent involvement but the reality is far from that. KIPP L.A. basicly washes their hands when it comes to school issues and just refers you back to the school, which is what is broken in the first place! Our kids eat in overcrowded lunch tables, where they aren't even able to stretch. They are told to keep their voices down, sit up straight, knees forward, bottoms on the bench. I know of correctional institutions that have less strict lunch time rules! At the beginning of our Journey at KEA I was ecstatic that this established CMO had opened a school in South L.A. If I knew then what I know now this would not have been MY CHOICE in school.

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September 15, 2014
KIPP Empower Academy has great potential but I question the underlying agenda. What I mean by that is, the teachers (at least those I've encountered) are caring and genuinely have a vested interest in the academic success of their students. But the administrative staff have to answer to the KIPP Board of Directors who seem to be the true decision makers. The agenda of the Board seems to be focussed on money. Ways in which they can open more schools and collect more public school funding but only spending the minimum required to operate a school. That being said, the children & the school doesn't have adequate funding or resources available to them. Their academic day consists of rigorous drilling of math, reading/comprehension skills. There is no project based, hand-on-learning AT ALL. The homework is too easy for my children and when I asked them to challenge them more the teachers said they couldn't and I'd have to talk to the principle if I wanted my children to be challenged academically. Why are they holding them back from greatness? Is their goal to produce mediocre children who will be good low wage workers? Not my children! They will be CEOs so this is our LAST YEAR HERE!

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April 17, 2014
My daughter started KEA back in August of 2013 and my thoughts are a bit mixed. Pros: the instructors care; not every teacher is great. My daughter (Kinder) has excelled in her reading, comprehension and she's getting better in math; parent involvement is decent, they offer classes for parents regarding different aspects of raising your child/finances/etc. They teach the kids about oneness as well as diversity EVEN though the school is NOT diverse. The school does offer the surrounding area a sense of pride for kids who would not get this type of education in a public school; private school would be an expensive alternative. Cons: The school is not diverse, the location is HORRIBLE; basically it s on the prostitute stroll yet the curriculum and attitude remains stellar. I believe my daughter maybe better off in a school that is diverse; in my opinion it s the real world and I d rather see her in the immersion school that we re on the waiting list for. If you don t do your research and decipher for yourself in what s best for your child you can miss out on other educational possibilities - Yeah, the API score is high but environment within education plays a part to.

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March 07, 2014
The staff at Kipp Empower are the best! Very resourceful and supportive. During PTO meetings the Teachers are very detailed, explaining levels of learning and classroom expectations. An abundance of material is provided to assist with learning needs and challenges. Very pleased!!

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February 26, 2014
Teachers that don't care. Still exist. Teachers say they're concern, but when it comes down to it the only concern is the funding. The people in the office is more helpful than the teachers. The teachers just keep their heads down. They act more like librarians.

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September 05, 2013
This school is staffed with employees that are all about building character as well as educating their students. The children are challenged daily, which keep their minds working. The teachers teach their students to be confident and to stay strong in all situations. Lessons like those will stick for a lifetime. This is by far one of the best learning enviroments ive ever seen.

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May 16, 2013
I love this school! A safe and caring environment for my son. They have high standards and will make sure your child reach the goal and more. My son loves KEA, his teachers, the staff, his friends. Great school!

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September 26, 2012
I have been with KIPP since it began and I have mixed feelings. Like most schools, some teachers are good, some are not great. Not much cultural diversity with students, although it has improved. Some teachers are rude, pompous and condescending to parents. The school is focused on academics and college prep- LOVE THAT-but some teachers expect the children to act like adults and not children. I love the extended day which allows for extras such as spanish and PE- most schools have done away with the extra curricular activites. There is some lack of communication and outlandish expections for special projects over the weekends. I dislike the school location and have concerns, as the school is no longer completely seperated from the regular elementary school. Overall, I have seen tremendous academic growth in my child and appreciate that the school is making efforts to provide a more well rounded education.

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June 01, 2012
My child have been going to KIPP since it 1rst open. Kindergarten of 09/10. And since then she has been sliding down. She came from Wonderland Angels Academy, she was doing great. She could read & do math well. They were teaching her how to sound out each letter and all the different vowel sound. They taught her to count(she went there form 2yrs to Pre-K4yrs) They had a good relationship with all the children and their parents. If the child was having difficulty they would show the parents what and how they are teaching. (THIS) KIPP IS NEW. THE ACADEMIC FOUNDATION IS VERY WEAK. EVERYTHING SEEM TO BE BRIEF THEY BRIEFLY GO OVER VOWEL SOUND, BLENDS SOUND, MATH IS ONLY 50 MIN. AND THEY GET OUT AT 4:15PM. I GIVE THEM A 2 BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING BUT I DON'T THINK THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR HOW TO TEACH YOUNG KIDS. THEY GIVE THEM ((LOTS)) OF WORK BUT ITS NO GOOD IF THEY CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THEY LEARNED AT SCHOOL. I JUST WISH I WOULD HAVE TOOK HER OUT EARLIER INSTEAD OF TRUSTING (2YRS) THEM AND THEIR METHOD OF TEACHING THINK EVERYTHING WOULD GET BETTER. THE PRINCIPAL(FAKING IT UNTIL HE MAKES IT)IS WORRIED ABOUT THE FIAT OF HIS SCHOOL,THEN THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION AT THIS POINT.

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January 03, 2012
This will be my son's first year of attendence at KIPP Enpowerment Academy. My husband and I have worked in the education field for numerous years and are very critical of how little is being done to promote education and extra curriculum activities. It is very refeshing to find a Principal who greets every students each morning, and also knows them by their name. Moreover, the indivdual attention that students get on a daily basis with their teacher's are practically obsolete in other schools. I see the pride in my son's face every morning he wakes up to go to school .

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July 18, 2011
KIPP Empower Academy is amazing! I truly appreciate Mr. Kerr, Ms. Cinfuegos, Mr. Myles, Ms. Parasnis, and all of the staff who has helped my five year old son reach a first grade reading level before he finished kindergarten. My son went into kindergarten only knowing a few sight words. By the end of the year he knew over 100 sight words. He knows how to write two to four sentences, add and subtract, and he remembers the rhymes and songs taught. I love how the school ensures a well rounded education and how they make sure they try their hardest that every child learns and succeeds. Thank you all so very much. I am looking forward to what's ahead for 1st grade and the future school years!

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June 22, 2011
Simply incredible! After much debate, we decided to enroll our child at KIPP Empower Academy for fall 2010. We had no idea how much she would learn in kindergarten. Trust me, other elementary programs don't come close. KIPP teachers are essentially "a cut above the rest". Teachers, administration and parents work as a team. The curriculum is awesome. The teaching methods used at KIPP are unmatched! Looking forward to the years ahead. Work hard. Be nice. To view a KIPP elementary school in action: http://www.kipp.org/index.cfm?furl=/press-center/multimedia-archive/kipp-videos/kipp-video-display/&video_id=1

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April 08, 2011
The teaching staff is extremely diverse and a true extension of the student body. They work incredibly hard to help their students on the path to and through college. The parents are extremely supportive and are true partners with the faculty and staff in empowering their children to be the best that they can become. The school is unique in that, to achieve its mission of cultivating students who are strong in mind, body, and spirit, they utilize small-group instruction in the four core subject areas: reading, writing, math, and science. By utilizing staff in creative ways and by having students rotate onto and off of computers for a few 30-minute blocks each day, students receive individualized attention and develop 21st century skills. This is why this school is seen as being on the cutting edge of educational reform.

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KIPP Empower Academy
7511 Raymond Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90044
(323) 750-2279
Last modified KIPP Empower Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-4
KIPP Empower Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top