I'm a believer in KIPP San Jose Collegiate mission. My son is currently a junior this year and he has been attending KIPP schools since 5th grade. It was an unbelievable experience to watch him growing up over the year. He was struggling with homework and rules at the beginning, but KIPP teachers have molded him over the year into an honor and college bound student of today. It was due to an unbelievable effort of all the dedication and compassion teachers at KIPP. We all know that KIPP teachers have stayed after school into wee hours to help their students, but there are teachers that come to the campus on a weekend to offer extra help to their students as well. That's crazy dedication, because I don't even want to drive my boy to school on a weekend. We have a wonderful leadership in the principal, Mr. Ryan, and outstanding teachers that willing to teach and molding our your children to college and beyond. We will standing behind KIPP and support them any way that we can.
The education over here is fantastic. The teachers actually know your name. A couple of teachers can improve, but overall the teaching staff is good. The food sucks over here. The school safety is pretty good. The school spirit and high school experience is bad. The rules are ridiculous. The school dress code is strict. The school athletics is good for what we have and can afford. Overall, the education here is excellent, but if you want the normal high school experience then don't go here.
I am a very proud mother with 2 of my children currently enrolled at Kipp San Jose Collegiate and another who graduated with the class of 2013 and now attends San Jose State University. KSJC is the best school to be founded!! Thank you KSJC for all you have done and will continue to do for my children. It is because of KSJC that my children have succeeded. THANKS AGAIN!!!
My daughter is been part f this school since (th grade. She is a junior this year and I am so happy with all the achievements she has had up until now. The staff is great!! Their mission is to help students succeed and they are doing so... SUper glad all the members of my family hav attended this awesome program. totally resommend it!!!
There's so many students and parents out there that don't like KIPP, I , however, greatly disagree with such belief. I've been in the program, since 5th grade up until what is my last year of high school, and I must say that it has truly been an experience. All my teachers have always been there to push me, to help me, to inspire me during my path as a student. They motivate me to work harder and reach this goal that all of us name "college". I'm proud to say that, as a student, I truly feel prepared and excited and knowledgable to apply to college. Not only is my school based on getting us to college, but they teach us how to become leaders in our community. They give us real life experiences of what it is like to be out there in the "reall world". Above all, they have taught us how to find ourselves and understand how we function or how we learn better. I absolutely love my school. I wouldn't have gone to any other school, honestly. I'm proud to say I came from a school of about 400 students who didn't really have a campus of their own, who stayed until 4, 5, or 6 pm to get help or study or play some sports, I guess you can say I'm honored to be part of the KSJC Wolfpack.
I am a founding 2012 kippster and am currently in college. Honestly, this school has helped me better understand myself as a person and gave me the skills needed to succeed in college. Even though the rules for keeping our shirts tucked in and making sure we were never tardy for class, even by a minute, or else our most common consequence was detention, the teachers and staff are the greatest people ever. I just loved my teachers and they are the reason why I was able to succeed in class and believe that I belong in college. To the parents: remember, your child is ultimately the one who chooses the type of person they are. If your child isn't getting straight A's, don't immediately say, "The teacher hates my child" or if your child is always getting detention don't say, "These rules are ridiculous!" Your child chooses when to do their homework and how they want to act. I did, on more than one occasion, get irritated at how some teachers acted but it was up to me if I allowed that to get under my skin. To the students: You can do it! If you need help, don't be afraid to ask any of the faculty. They are honestly the sweetest people, if you take the time to know them. Good luck!
Our daughter is thriving at KIPP! This school is strict and has very specific rules and regulations.Expect your child to have at least 2-3 hours of homework each night including weekend homework.The staff clearly sets students expectations on what is needed to successful and provide the infrastructure for ALL students to be sucessful. The teachers are wonderful and very committed! Some of the staff is on campus until 8pm to help students with their homework and can be reached via email or phone until 9pm.Two college counselors are on staff, one for Freshman and Sophomore, another for Juniors and Seniors. They have wonderful sports programs, music/art programs, in addition to a variety of school clubs. In the main office there is a wall with the 2012 graduating class and the names of Universities that KIPP students have been accepted into; Yale, Princeton, USF, UCDavis are listed on this wall; it s an impressive sight! This school it is not for everyone, but students who are committed and focused will succeed! If you are looking for an academically challenging college-prep school than KIPP San Jose Collegiate should be your choice!
My child just finished the 3 days new student orientation and is horrified of the numerous ridiculous rules and rituals at KIPP. My child is afraid to go to this school now. My child is an honor roll student coming from a public school. Upon hearing the feedback from the orientation, I went online to do some extra research and did encounter quite a few report and criticism about the ridiculous rules at KIPP. I'm now having 2nd thought about this school. I feel that good education is important, but not at the expense of a child fearing to go to school. Any one with experiences (good/bad) about KIPP SJ, please share. Your input will be greatly appreciated.
I am entering into sophomore year, and this school is great. Although, the teachers may treat you like babies. The teachers, and principle let you have NO freedom what so ever. They basically walk you to class, and not let us have our own freedom and responsibility. We have a great education, but sometimes the teachers/principle takes problems a LITTLE too far. As if they are like "I'm right, you're wrong, end of story". I feel they need to work on letting the students have a bit more freedom than what they give. And no need to yell at us to "GO TO CLASS", even if we have 5 minutes of transition.
My Child has been with KIPP since 8th grade and is now a freshman at KIPP Collegiate. I am very unhappy with this school. Students get in trouble for the most petty things, and if teachers feel the need to put them on in school suspencion part of their punishment includes the student having to wear their shirt and coats inside out for how many days they are in trouble. I find this absolutely humiliating,degrating, and in my eyes this is Hazing! Funny they are so adament about using proper language when twice this year we have had incidents where several teachers cursed at the students. When confrunted in a parent teacher meeting they took no responsability for their actions and if fact tried to deny it happening. This is not a school, it's a boot camp where teachers bully students and demand respect not even they practice. The school hires inexperienced teachers who have no concept of how to work with teenagers, they don't have the patience to understand the challenges youth face now days. In result we are looking for a new school for our child. Good Luck if you decide to place your child here, my advise, ask lots of questions and involve yourself as much as possible.