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Our elementary schools are places where curiosity is contagious, reading is sacred, and character is paramount. Each day, we make learning come alive for students through an intensive academic program that places children in the driver’s seat of their education, and empowers them to become lifelong learners.
Our middle schoolers enjoy a challenging and immersive academic program that prepares them for success in both high school and college. The curriculum encourages students to think critically, develop claims, and debate ideas, and to always support opinions with evidence. Middle school students also have access to extracurricular opportunities that help them develop confidence, creativity, and independence.
KIPP New Jersey’s high school programming is dedicated to fulfilling our promise to students to support them to and through college, and onto choice-filled lives. From day one, students are challenged inside and outside the classroom, from a large roster of Advanced Placement and honors classes, to varsity athletics and a variety of clubs for different student interests. Our KIPP Through College counselors are there every step of the way to ensure that students reach their post-graduation potential.
Whether it’s honing the writing skills that help them critically examine complex texts, or learning about managing personal finance in a Financial Literacy elective, every student is encouraged to forge real-life connections with classroom learning. Our program ensures that every student will be enrolled in at least one AP course before graduation. In fact, our AP for All approach is a hallmark of our high school program. We believe that enrollment in AP coursework in high school not only exposes our students to college-level curriculum at an early age, but also provides meaningful at-bats with the skills and habits that all students need to be successful in college. Colleges who review our students' applications know that KIPP NJ high school students have competitive profiles as a result of their involvement with AP coursework.
At KIPP NJ, we believe that developing our students as people is as important as their academic growth. Our school values form the basis of our approach to character education, and we meet with families regularly to discuss these values and what it means to “work hard, be nice.” Each week, schools gather as a community to celebrate progress, engage in group goal-setting, and establish an intention for the week. We believe in the importance of teamwork and refer to our classes as teams. Each of our schools has traditions and events that support this idea and foster a spirit of teamwork across the building. Our elementary schools have morning meeting time built into the daily schedule to talk about values and goals for the day; our middle school programs similarly have homeroom time for the same purpose.