Character Education: Building the Self
Success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice to improve the world around them.
A focus on character has been the cornerstone of KIPP since we began and is still the essence of what we believe: to succeed in college and the world beyond, KIPPsters need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths. They’re deeply interconnected and we never compromise one for the other.
KIPP’s character work focuses on the seven strengths that are critical for an engaged, happy, and successful life: zest, grit, optimism, self-control, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity.
KIPP Through College
KIPP counselors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career.
After students graduate from KIPP schools, KIPP alumni coaches and counselors remain dedicated to helping students earn a degree on the path to a life full of opportunity. Throughout college there are several crucial moments that can put a student at risk of leaving school; conversely, there are some key behaviors that keep a student on the path to graduation. Our support approach is informed by rigorous research, our students’ experiences, and the knowledge and expertise of our community.
Our Kids Love to Read, And So Do We Initiative
We believe our kids will change the world. To make this true, we need to make our kids fall in love with reading. Children who love reading are more curious, more self-directed in their learning, more successful on a range of assessments, and more critical of the status quo. Our kids deserve to be inspired by reading.
Our kids see themselves reflected in the books they read and write about, and they learn how to use literacy to build their agency. Through reading with our kids, we develop a greater appreciation for the vast potential, complexity, and beauty of the human experience, and we are all the better for it.
We balance the literacy model so that kids get more meaningful interactions with texts at all levels, and continue our emphasis on the power of guided reading. We introduce vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and formative assessments for phonics. We use Fountas and Pinnell curriculum to monitor reading level growth and inform our instruction in Guided Reading lessons.
Saturday School: Empowering Families
At KIPP Miami, we believe that more time in school equals more success in life. Thus, Saturday School is an essential component of our program. Saturday School will be a chance for our scholars to share their learning and their progress with their families. There will be four mandatory Saturday School sessions throughout the year. During this time, scholars will receive added remediation and enrichment classes. The school may also add Saturday schools throughout the year as deemed necessary to further our scholar’s work.
An adult family member is required to attend and to participate in the Saturday sessions with their scholar. The purpose of the family/scholar, Saturday School sessions, are to build a strong bridge between school and home so that our scholars get the support that they need to succeed in school and life.