(cont'd review) The school site is far too small for the number of students they serve. I had to fight to get a school garden in place & they are not using the garden as an opportunity to teach about science, nutrition, mathematics or business. The playground donated by Kaboom & Delta is too small for even ONE CLASS to play on at the same time & there's no coverge to protect the children from sun radiation or frwy pollution. Teachers are not receiving the resources & support they did before leadership change which concerns me. We are losing some teachers next school year. I started a school choir recruiting the talents of other parents so the children at least have musical enrichment. I've asked the school to teach coding (computer programing) to the students, they only taught it to a few select 3rd graders. There is a BreakDance team of a select few 2nd & 3rd graders. There is NO ROOM for the school to invite parents for schoolwide programs like Black History month, etc. THE WORST PART, THEY WILL BE ADDING 200+ NEW STUDENTS NEXT YEAR & BARELY HAVE ROOM FOR THE 400+ THEY HAVE NOW! I'll be looking for a new school for my sons in 2015 as it's too late for a better alternative now.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 .
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!
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
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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