To create a respected, influential, and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.
Plans to expand one of the state’s most successful inner-city school programs are coming into focus, thanks to a sizable gift from a familiar donor.
The Inasmuch Foundation, which donates to education, health and human service causes, is giving $1 million to KIPP Reach College Preparatory, a public charter school on Oklahoma City’s northeast side.
The leader of one of the state’s most successful inner-city schools is touting a plan to help struggling Oklahoma City school district students catch-up academically.
Tracy McDaniel says hundreds of district students who are repeating the third-grade can’t pass a state-mandated reading test because they can’t comprehend what they’re reading.
“It tells me that we’re out of alignment with our curriculum instruction,” said McDaniel, the longtime principal of KIPP Reach College Preparatory, a public charter middle school on the city’s northeast side. “It’s not just an Oklahoma City problem; it’s a state problem.”
The vision of KIPP OKC is one day, all OKC public School Students will have access to a high-quality, college-preparatory seat in a public school.
The heart of our mission at KIPP is to provide underserved inner city students with the highest quality education possible. The financial support received from our friends is critical to that mission. We are also always looking for volunteers to lend their time to help in a variety of capacities during the school year.
KIPP stands for the Knowledge Is Power Program. KIPP Reach College Preparatory is a free, open enrollment, college preparatory public middle school with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
KIPP OKC will be starting an Elementary School in 2017. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be offered in the first year with 1st grade being added in 2018, 2nd grade in 2019, 3rd grade in 2020 and 4th grade in 2021. Click below to learn more.