Award Year 2015
KIPP STRIVE Academy
1444 Lucile Avenue, SW
Atlanta, GA, 30310-1217
Ms. Christy Harris, Principal at time of Nomination
Charter School, Title I School
Atlanta Public Schools
- Black/African American: 100%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 79%
KIPP STRIVE Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, is an open-enrollment college preparatory charter school in the national Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) network. Founded in 2009, KIPP STRIVE Academy serves 336 students in grades five through eight, and works to equip them with the tools necessary to excel in competitive high schools, colleges, and professional careers. We believe that all students, regardless of zip code or demographics, can thrive academically. Ninety-nine percent of our students are African American, and 78 percent are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
At KIPP STRIVE, we achieve Success Through Rigorous Instruction, Virtue, and Enrichment. We implement a unique lower- and upper-school model in which fifth and sixth grades, termed the “lower school,” focus on teaching students the structure and organizational skills needed to be successful scholars; more time is dedicated to the systems and habits of students to cultivate high expectations for learning and build a culture of respect and hard work. Our seventh and eighth grades, termed the “upper school,” work to foster independence and critical thinking skills in preparation for rigorous high school programs.
Our collaborative culture is focused on five “REACH” values: respect, enthusiasm, achievement, citizenship, and hard work. It is important that our students are not only great scholars, but also helpful, engaged citizens; to that end, we place significant emphasis on the development of students’ character. Overall, KIPP STRIVE Academy prides itself on being a team and family, and this empowering culture allows students to strive to greater heights academically.