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KIPP Empower Academy

Charter | K-4 | 110 students

 
 

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Posted August 17, 2014

KIPP Empower Academy is great at teaching your child how to read and do math but there isn't much else your child will learn here. They don't offer Spanish or any other foreign language beyond kindergarten. They have EITHER science OR social studies every other week. They get art once or twice a week. They don't offer any creative opportunities or electives like computer science or dance. If you want your child to be an obedient worker, send them to KIPP Empower, but if you want a scientist, artist, dancer, botanist, or musician find another school that offers a STEAM program... like I will be doing for my children after we finish this school year. The location SUCKS. You'll find used condoms and hypodermic needles on the sidewalk leading up to the school because it is in a high crime/prostitute/drug part of town. If that concerns you like it does me, find another school. But if you want a school with high scores, KEA (KIPP Empower) is the place. Just don't expect them to have ANY creative outlets to express themselves or to reduce the stress caused by the militant environment and depressed community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 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 .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 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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The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

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Source: California Department of Education

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Source: California Department of Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 82%
Hispanic 15%
Two or more races 2%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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