KIPP Through College

submission by jkabaker
KIPP Through College

Organization Name

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KIPP LA Schools

Website

http://www.kippla.org

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Education

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

At KIPP LA Schools (KIPP LA), we believe that the real achievement gap is not the differences in test scores or high school graduation rates between our richest and poorest communities. Rather, we see the true achievement gap as the difference in college graduation rates among these populations. High-income students graduate college at ten times the rate of low-income students - 80% versus 8% on average. At KIPP LA, we are committed to supporting both our current students and our alumni on their journey to and through college. We seek to create and build partnerships that will support our students as they transition from our schools at the end of 8th grade to high-performing high schools and on to selective colleges.

KIPP LA's KIPP Through College (KTC) program does just that by providing one-on-one support to our alumni as they enter high school, apply to college, and make their way through higher education and the workforce. KTC team members ensure that KIPP LA's 8th graders matriculate to a high-performing college preparatory high school that will prepare them for success in college. KTC's high school placement coordinators travel among our middle school sites to support our existing 360 7th and 8th grade students. Our students receive personalized assistance with high school selection and applications, financial aid and scholarships, and the high school transition process. In 2012, KIPP LA placed 96% of our 8th grade students in college-preparatory charter, magnet, independent day, parochial, and boarding schools.

From there, KTC stays with our students throughout high school, providing help with coursework selection, college planning services, and individual and family counseling. As our alumni approach high school graduation, KTC staff support them as they identify and apply to colleges, seek financial aid, and prepare to enter the college environment. Once our alumni are in college, KTC college retention advisors provide the necessary support services to see our alumni through college graduation. This includes making site visits whenever possible, sending care packages, providing academic support, helping students secure study abroad opportunities, and assisting with the community college and university transfer process if necessary.

KTC also strives to prepare our students for their future careers and instill an understanding of and excitement for these goals. This preparation may include a range of mentoring-based activities, such as summer internships, work study programs, resume writing, and interview workshops with career mentors, organizations and community allies.

In addition to personalized services, KTC hosts an annual high school fair for our students, gathering representatives from Los Angeles' highest performing high schools to answer enrollment questions. KTC also hosts a "Mocktail Party" for our alumni, providing an opportunity to practice networking and share their future ambitions with career professionals. Further, the KTC team leads college visits for our alumni to competitive schools across the country, and operates a 12th Grade Application Bootcamp that provides intensive support with college applications. Finally, KTC provides college scholarships to students with high academic potential, a strong record of community service, and demonstrated financial need. KIPP LA believes that this unique program serves as a model for others working to help students from underserved communities earn college degrees and lead fulfilling lives.

The KTC team is comprised of a director, three college access advisors, one college retention advisor, and two high school placement coordinators. Each KTC team member has a deep commitment to helping underserved students succeed in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond. Now in its third year, KTC has established a proven track record of success in preparing KIPP LA alumni for their journey to and through college.

Currently, KTC serves approximately 740 KIPP LA alumni, of which 520 are in high school and 220 are persisting in college. Our alumni are spread across 140 high schools that KTC staff have deemed to provide a rigorous and college-preparatory education. Additionally, nearly 85% of our oldest alumni cohorts, the Classes of 2011 and 2012, are enrolled in 81 colleges and universities across the country. Next year, KTC will serve 910 alumni, including 540 high school students and 370 college students.

With the unwavering support of KIPP LA’s KTC program, 84% of our alumni are persisting in college, whereas in South and East Los Angeles, only 4% of students graduate college. As KTC continues to serve more KIPP LA alumni, we anticipate that we will increase the number of college graduates in these neighborhoods by 50%. In the long term, this will mean dramatic increases in academic attainment in some of Los Angeles’ most underserved communities.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

If it were a district, KIPP LA would be the highest performing in Los Angeles County serving a majority of students from low-income communities. For nearly a decade, KIPP LA’s schools have been proving what is possible in raising student achievement in traditionally underserved low-income communities. In 2011-12, KIPP LA’s weighted average Academic Performance Index (API) score was 892 (800 is the statewide goal), compared to 700 in the neighboring schools of South and East Los Angeles. KIPP LA Prep, in Boyle Heights, is the highest-performing middle school in Los Angeles Unified School District for the second year in a row with an API of 924. Similarly, KIPP Raíces Academy, in East LA, outperforms 98 percent of elementary schools in California with an API of 961. According to the national norm-referenced SAT-10 test, 96 percent of KIPP LA’s kindergarteners and 94 percent of our first graders scored at or above the national average in English language arts. Finally, 96 percent of KIPP LA alumni are attending high-performing, college-prep high schools, and nearly 85 percent are currently enrolled in college.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

KIPP LA and the KTC team work closely with high schools, colleges, and universities that our alumni attend to ensure that they are succeeding on their journeys to and through college. KTC is also working to formalize these partnerships with select local institutions of higher education to create supportive communities for our alumni. In the long term, we believe college partnerships will identify strategies that educational institutions can implement to help close the achievement gap for all students of color and first-generation college students.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

A key ingredient to KIPP LA’s success is our commitment to data-driven decision-making and transparency. The KTC team regularly evaluates both quantitative and qualitative data to ensure that we are having the greatest impact possible on our students’ lives. This includes the number of students who matriculate to high-performing high schools, the number of students who participate in KTC support services such as financial aid assistance and counseling, and the number of students who enter, persist in, and graduate from selective colleges and universities.

In the coming year, KIPP LA and KTC will strive to meet the following goals and objectives:


• Each year, KIPP LA’s middle schools will place 95 percent of eighth graders in college-preparatory high schools (high schools that provide college counseling for all students, offer the “A-G” courses the University of California requires, and have an Academic Performance Index score of 800+).

• At least 80 percent of KIPP LA middle school alumni will enroll in college each year.

• At least 10 percent of KIPP LA alumni in grades 9-12 will attend a summer or enrichment program.

• At least 15 percent of KIPP LA alumni in grades 9-12 will participate in KTC enrichment programs, (such as the alumni volunteer program, internship program, job shadowing, career networking party, college partnership summer programs, college tours/fairs, and application boot camps).

• At least 80 percent of KIPP LA alumni will persist in college.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

The neighborhoods of South and East Los Angeles, where KIPP LA students and alumni live, face astonishingly high levels of illiteracy, drug abuse, gang violence, and juvenile crime. Schools are overcrowded and underperforming; virtually all traditional public middle and high schools are failing according to No Child Left Behind. Overall, fewer than 10 percent of students in these neighborhoods attend a four-year college or university after graduating high school and only 4 percent go on to obtain a degree.

Today more than ever, students in underserved communities need an outstanding education to prepare them for success in life and to overcome the cycle of poverty. Research suggests that by 2018, 63 percent of jobs will require some higher education. By comparison, only 36 percent of jobs will be available to those with a high school degree or lower, leaving those without higher degrees access to even fewer jobs than they have today. Over the course of a lifetime, college graduates will earn on average $1.6 million more than those without a degree.

Unfortunately, the youth of South and East Los Angeles are highly unlikely to graduate high school college-ready or go on to graduate college. According to The Education Trust West, only 22 percent of LAUSD students graduate with the requirements necessary to enroll in a University of California institution. This is the case for only 16 percent of Latino students. Research suggests that just over half of these students will matriculate to college and only 41 percent of them will graduate. Based on these figures, we estimate that only 4 percent of students in South and East Los Angeles actually obtain a college degree within six years.

KIPP LA, on the other hand, is succeeding at helping students from underserved communities “climb the mountain” to and through college. With the unwavering support of KIPP LA’s KTC team, 96 percent of our alumni are attending 140 high-performing, college-prep high schools, and nearly 85 percent are currently attending over 80 colleges and universities across the country. We foresee that our alumni – as self-directed, purposeful college graduates – will also work to improve educational and economic opportunities across Los Angeles. This will mean stronger economic outcomes, such as lifetime earnings and employment rates, in the city’s currently most underserved areas. Thus, supporting KIPP LA is not only an investment in underserved students’ education and preparation for college; it is an investment in the future of our city and country.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

In 2050, success in education would mean that every student in Los Angeles, regardless of their zip code or demographics, attends a high-quality, college-preparatory school from kindergarten through 12th grade. Ultimately, all students in Los Angeles will never face the achievement gap and will be instilled with the belief that every day they can and will succeed in college and life. Classrooms will reflect the 21st century reality of the global workforce, preparing students for careers that may not yet exist through constant access to technology, project-based learning, and opportunities for critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Teachers will be dedicated to and passionate about their craft, providing a nurturing and rigorous learning environment for their students. Schools will become true communities of best practice, sharing lessons learned and helping improve the quality of education across the city. School leaders will be empowered as instructional leaders to build their schools to best align with the communities and students they serve.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, students from underserved communities will matriculate to and graduate from competitive colleges and universities both in California and across the nation at the same rates as their more advantaged peers. They will enter the college application process without reservations, certain that they are prepared for the rigors and challenges of higher education. They will be educated about the financial aid options available to them and able to access them easily. They will be accepted to a wide variety of schools and will have the freedom to choose the one that will provide them with the best opportunities. And ultimately, all students will have a high quality, rigorous higher education experience and graduate with the degrees they need to succeed in the competitive world.

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An Extraordinary program with extraordinary people!!!! KTC has my 100% support any day!

by martha.bustos
about 1 year ago | Reply

Keep it up guys!

by jimmy.lu.9461
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you jimmy.lu.9461! I am sure KTC will continue to help!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Good job

by sally.chen.100
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you once again sally.chen100!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Extraordinary organization! Keep it up!

by jimmy.duong.56
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you jimmy.duong56!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

I appreciate your effort!

by akenny.chen
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you akeeny.chen! I appreciate your comment!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

To and through college!

by kyu123
about 1 year ago | Reply

Totally! Thank you kyu123!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

I like your mission to get kids to and through college.

by coolguy88
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you coolguy88! I am positive that KTC will continue to execute their mission!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

amazing job~ keep it up!

by william88
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your encouraging comment, william88!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

KIPP is an amazing organization that has been doing extraordinary work! Keep up the great work!

by mintiffresh
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your kind comment mintiffresh!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

you guys are doing great! KIPP is exceptional in everything they do, and i love what you do for the community.

by mkgold
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your kind comment mkgold!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Keep doing what you're doing!

by calbear15
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you calbear15!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

for a greater cause? for the community? to help those who are in need? KTC definitely got my vote.

by kbarnes77
about 1 year ago | Reply

That's right, kbarnes77! KTC is an organization that is putting in their efforts for a greater cause!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Absolutely wonderful organization that provides mentorship and a support system for those who are pursuing higher ed. or are thinking of it. Inspirational and empowering!!

by joanne.chua.524
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you joanne.chua.524! I appreciate your well-said comment!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

A heart warming opportunity for students to achieve greatness through college and beyond!

by JakeWu2012
about 1 year ago | Reply

I agree JakeWu2012! KTC are always there to enforce that opportunity and do all they can to make the students' dreams possible!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

LOVE THIS MISSION STATEMENT.......just that simple.

by Omi.Shaolin
about 1 year ago | Reply

Yes! Along with the mission statement, there is the "To and Through College" motto!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Extraordinary and fantastic effort by this organization! Inspiring students through education! Love it!!!

by mickey12
about 1 year ago | Reply

Definitely! KTC always put forth the motivation, inspiration, and the extra push!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

great work! I love what you guys do for your KIPPsters.

by amigo626
about 1 year ago | Reply

That's right! As a KIPP alum, myself, KTC has always helped me in numerous ways, such as checking up on my academic progress, giving advise on how to get the most out of my college experience, etc. So, amigo626, I appreciate your comment!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Extraordinary organization! Keep it up!

by jimmy.duong.56
about 1 year ago | Reply

I agree jimmy.duong.56! Let's go KTC!! Keep up the hard work KTC!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

nIce

by wesley.lin.142
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you wesley.lin.142!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college. Sometimes, that financial disadvantage or that emotional barrier prevents us from reaching our dreams, dreams of achieving higher education and many more. I believe programs like KIPP will take down those barriers and empower upcoming and future generations to achieve higher education and utilize their knowledge to help others as well as their families and themselves.

by brownies122
about 1 year ago | Reply

Yes indeed, brownies122! I am glad you can see the work and time that KIPP and KIPP Through College devote in peoples' lives! Thank you for your wonderful comment!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Good job

by sally.chen.100
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you sally.chen.100!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

I agree, everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college. I thank KIPP for the extraordinary organization. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!

by ruiki.basilio
about 1 year ago | Reply

Yes, I definitely agree with you ruiki,basilio: "Everyone does deserve that opportunity to go to college." And, KIPP Through College helps turn that notion into reality!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

It's wonderful for this organization to do something that greatly impacts the community and the people that have a desire to go to college. Thank you for doing something so magnificent for the people.

by codename901
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your kind words towards the KIPP Through College team!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for all your wonderful comments! I am glad that you all are able to see through a common lens, that KIPP Through College is an extraordinary organization that definitely support and put forth tremendous effort in helping the KIPP community!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

Love the work you guys put into the KIPPsters' lives and the community.

by m.huang51
about 1 year ago | Reply

KIPP Schools Rock!!!!!

by mel.moten
about 1 year ago | Reply

A big shoutout to the KIPP Through College LA! Every year, you guys put forth tremendous help and everlasting support for KIPPsters and the KIPP community. With out KIPP LA Prep and KTC, I don't know where I'll be. Huge thanks to you guys! Stay golden!

by mikegician
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am a teacher at a KIPP elementary school, KIPP Empower Academy, and I have seen first hand the awesome programs that KIPP Through College has put on for our big KIPPsters. I have had KTC volunteers in my classroom for 2 years and I love the conversations I have with these scholars about college, careers, and life! GO KTC!

by karla100fuegos
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks karla100fuegos! We are grateful for your dedication to our KIPPsters every day!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Karla!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

thank you for your excellence and dedication - Team KIPP!

by jayfader
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank YOU jayfader!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support! Team & Family!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is a great, great organization that has had results that are nothing short of extraordinary - the whole KIPP team should be really proud of everything they've accomplished and of all the success they are positioned to achieve!

by jeff.hughes.121398
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your thoughtful and supportive words, jeff.hughes.121398! We are very proud of our KIPPsters and our team and family!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your support, Jeff! We appreciate it!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Yup.

by J0NE5Y
about 1 year ago | Reply

I love KIPP LA and the d-team!

by jennielah
about 1 year ago | Reply

Keep rocking it!

by nazareth.riquelme
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am so happy to be working with a wonderful KTC team and with awesome KIPPsters! To and Through College is our promise!

by dvillaktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

KTC rocks! I am lucky to be a part of such a great team!

by marisa.ktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you all for the support!

by ebelio.monktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for everything you do for our KIPPsters, ebelio.monktc!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

I have so much pride, faith, and belief in the KIPP Through College team! If anyone is deserving of this award, they are. To and Through!

by Allison Wachtel
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your support, Allison! We agree - our KTC team is some of hardest working people we know!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Allison! We appreciate all you do to support KTC!

by marisa.ktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you, Allison! This would be a great opportunity for KTC to continue supporting of KIPP LA students and families.

by nicole.m.gutierrez.9
about 1 year ago | Reply

As the parent of a senior in high school, I would have loved to have this kind of support in the college process. This sounds wonderful.

by imsocindy
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you imsocindy! We believe in the power of high-quality high school and college counseling and continous support!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

We agree! College applications, the admissions process, and college selection can be challenging to navigate! KIPP LA seeks to provide additional support to our students in those areas in order to facilitate and demystify the process.

Thanks for your support!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

I admire your commitment to helping students climb the mountain TO and THROUGH college, not an easy feat, in addition to your commitment to the communities of South and East LA. I am cheering for your continued success.

by Sarah Hughes
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you, Sarah! We appreciate your support!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Indeed - 84% college persistence is certainly an accomplishment! But there is still so much to do!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

K to the T to the C = KTC, gotta love it!!!

by A. Murillo
about 1 year ago | Reply

KTC rocks!

by goktc99
about 1 year ago | Reply

Agreed!! Thanks for your support!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am so proud to be serving such incredible young people in our KIPP alumni! Our KTC team provides great resources, advising, and support to ensure all our KIPP alumni are successfully to and through college! These young people continue to inspire me each and every day! :)

by marisa.ktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

They inspire us too, definitely!! Thanks for all your support, Marisa!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication, Marisa!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

Agreed, KIPPsters rock!!!

by dominique.akens
about 1 year ago | Reply

The word is out, it

by A. Murillo
about 1 year ago | Reply

The word is out, it's all about KTC!!!

by A. Murillo
about 1 year ago | Reply

You're right, a.murillo! It is all about KTC!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

You know it!! KTC is the BEST!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

I love KTC

by goktc99
about 1 year ago | Reply

We do too!! Thanks for your support! Don't forget to vote!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thrilled to highlight the PHENOMENAL work of KIPP LA

by dominique.akens
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Dominique! It's all about helping our KIPPsters succeed on the climb to and through college!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

I learn something new from our KIPP alumni every day about how we can continue to empower them to achieve the goals they set forth for themselves. To and through college is KIPP

by christina.zaldanaktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your support, Christina! Team and family!!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am so proud to be serving such incredible young people in our KIPP alumni! Our KTC team provides great resources, advising, and support to ensure all our KIPP alumni are successfully to and through college! These young people continue to inspire me each and every day! :)

by marisa.ktc
about 1 year ago | Reply

You

by dominique.akens
about 1 year ago | Reply

At KIPP LA, we believe all students can succeed in school, college, and life. Our amazing KTC team supports hundreds (and soon to be thousands) of students in South and East LA on their journeys to and through college. Support KTC and join the movement!!

by jelena.dobic
about 1 year ago | Reply

KIPP LA and KTC are so proud of our KIPPsters and their accomplishments! But their real accomplishments have only just begun as they enter college, graduate, and join the workforce!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

It's so true! In the 21st Century, a college degree is more necessary than ever. KTC helps our KIPPsters get to and through. We can't wait to see what they'll accomplish.

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

KIPP LA

by jelena.dobic
about 1 year ago | Reply

Uh oh, looks like your comment was cut off! But thanks for the support all the same!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Strange! Sorry about that...I will try reposting!

by jelena.dobic
about 1 year ago | Reply

No worries! There seems to be a bit of a bug. : )

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago

Join KIPP LA and KTC in our efforts to put more students in South and East LA on the path to and through college!!

by jelena.dobic
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Jelena! We appreciate your support!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

My pleasure!

by jelena.dobic
about 1 year ago

This year, KIPP LA is serving over 2,200 students and over 700 alumni in ninth grade through sophomore year in college. We're determined to make sure each of those students is firmly on the path to and through college - help us make that a reality!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Our KTC team helps to make sure our promise of to and through become an actuality for our KIPPsters. I am amazed by the work of this program and the amazing team behind it. :-)

by dominique.akens
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, dominique.akens!! The promise of To and Through requires a lot of hard work, but our KIPP Through College team is definitely up to the challenge!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, dominique.akens!! The promise of To and Through requires a lot of hard work, but our KIPP Through College team is definitely up to the challenge!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Whoops! This one got posted twice. : )

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

KTC rocks! We are so lucky to have some of the hardest working high school and college counselors in LA helping KIPP LA alumni climb the mountain to and through college!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, jkabaker! We're pretty proud of our KTC team, too!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

Yes, we most certainly are! GO KTC!!

by jelena.dobic
about 1 year ago | Reply

Of course! KTC is helping prove what's possible for students in South and East LA!

by jkabaker
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for viewing our project! KTC is currently supporting hundreds (to be thousands) of KIPP LA alumni on the climb to and through college. If you have any questions, we'd be happy to answer them here!

by KIPP_LA_Schools
about 1 year ago | Reply

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