Posted by MV parent, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2010 at 12:07 am
Interesting that they're talking about a K-8 charter and mention of the KIPP model. KIPP's focus has been around 5th-8th grade middle schools although they've created about a dozen pre-K-4th elementary schools, mostly as feeders into the core 5th-8th middle schools from what I understand. It would be more strategic for MVWSD to start a KIPP middle school and then build on that to develop a feeder elementary program.
I volunteered at a KIPP school in the Bronx. KIPP has longer school days for all kids, longer school year and very focused curriculum particularly to bring 5th graders up to grade level. Impressive results and in many places the focus is placing the KIPP grads into elite high schools on scholarships.
A KIPP middle school in the Castro neighborhood would make a lot of sense in MVWSD as a place to begin.
If they're serious, MVWSD should be sending one or more of their teacher leaders off to the KIPP Leadership Program next year - that's the way that KIPP immerses potential school directors in a year of experiences within the KIPP network, then they are ready to consider starting a new KIPP school -- deadline is Feb 10th to apply.
In 2000, the non-profit KIPP Foundation began training prospective principals to replicate the success of the two original KIPP Academies in Houston and the South Bronx. Over the past eight years, KIPP has trained over 80 principals through the KIPP School Leadership Program to open and run KIPP schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
The KIPP School Leadership Program looks for exceptional teachers and school leaders who have achieved dramatic results with their students and who want to build a school of excellence from the ground up. We seek individuals from all backgrounds who believe in KIPP's mission and who have the potential to excel as school leaders within our network.
Doesn't the PACT program want to be a K-8 program? Reading the article, I imagined that it was a story about PACT converting to a K-8 charter school within the district.