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Date: 2017-05-30

Beating the Odds: 90% of KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy’s Graduating Seniors Accepted to Four-Year Colleges

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Jessica Shearer

Newark, NJ (May 30, 2017) – Last Friday, May 26th, KIPP New Jersey announced that 90% of its 2017 senior class from KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy have been accepted to a four-year college. Indicative of its approach to education and seeing its students to and through college, KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy will again rank as one of the top schools in the state sending the most African-American students to college. To date, KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy’s 135 high-school seniors have opened nearly 700 college acceptance letters.

“We are so proud of the talented and brilliant young men and women of the class of 2017,” said Ryan Hill, founder and CEO of KIPP New Jersey. “Our students have shown tenacity and dedication to their academics and are being the change they wish to see in the world. Their accomplishments are a testament to what can be achieved when families have access to high-quality education. The teachers and staff of KIPP New Jersey wish the class of 2017 the best of luck and look forward to seeing them walk across college graduation stages on their way to taking on the world."

Schools that KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy’s seniors will be attending include some of the most prestigious in the country. Following graduation, students will be making their way to colleges and universities such as Duke University, Villanova University, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, University of Kentucky, Xavier University, Tuskegee University, The Ohio State University and many others. Instrumental in getting KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy seniors to this point is the network’s KIPP Through College (KTC) program.

A program available free of charge to all KIPP New Jersey students, KTC provides invaluable, personalized support to students, preparing them for the college selection and application process and staying with them until they graduate college. KTC counselors also work closely with families to help students identify the right school for them, and for the class of 2017, the program has coordinated over 2,300 college campus visits.

After high school, KTC advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career. KTC also provides book stipends, care packages and in-person visits to students at their college campuses to ensure the transition to college life is a success. Because of their own hard work and the efforts of KTC counselors, KIPP New Jersey students are beating the odds. Statistically, when compared to students from the lowest income bracket at the national level, KIPP New Jersey students are two times more likely to attend college and three times more likely to graduate college. It’s KIPP New Jersey’s goal to continually increase that percentage by staying with its alumni and providing the much needed support and encouragement to see them through to graduation day.

KIPP New Jersey also held its annual “Senior Signing Day” event to celebrate the accomplishments of its graduating seniors from KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy. The event, which has turned into an annual tradition that seniors and their families look forward to each year, was held at Montclair State University. KIPP New Jersey administrators and school leaders addressed those gathered, delivering much deserved praise for the graduating senior class. As part of the event, each student had a chance to proudly declare and unfurl the banner of which college or university they will be matriculating to so that staff, family, and community members in attendance could share in their accomplishments.

“Senior Signing Day is such a valued tradition at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy and is something everyone looks forward to,” said Armoni Foster, a graduating senior at KIPP Newark Collegiate Academy who will be attending Duke University this fall. “It’s a day when we come together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and recognize the hard work that was put forth to get us to this point. To see the support from peers - many of whom you’ve been with since middle school – as well as teachers and of course, family, is such an amazing experience.”

About KIPP New Jersey

KIPP New Jersey schools are part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” non-profit network of college-preparatory, free, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to serve over 4,500 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. More than 92% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals.

In the next few years, KIPP New Jersey will have fifteen schools in Newark and ten in Camden. By offering highly effective educators with strong bonds to families, more time in school learning, services that support a variety of student needs, and a culture focused on achievement, our students are on the path to and through college proving that demographics don’t define destiny. Visit KIPPNJ.org to learn more.


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