Award Year: 2017


10711 KIPP Way Drive
Houston, TX, 77099-2675

(832) 230-0548

Ms. Deborah Shifrine, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School, Title I School

KIPP Houston Public Schools

School Website


SHINE nurtures students' creativity, knowledge, character, and thinking skills preparing them to excel academically, physically, and socially in the nation's finest colleges and in life.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 39%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 54%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 43%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 94%
SHINEsters showing joy & zest.

SHINEsters showing joy & zest.

KIPP SHINE Prep has the privilege of being KIPP's first early childhood and elementary school in the country. SHINE opened its doors in 2004 with the hope of providing a college prep education to underserved students across Houston. In June 2018, SHINE's first class of students will graduate from high school and begin college a few months later. KIPP SHINE Prep is proud to be proving what's possible in public education.

SHINE currently serves over 850 students and families from the Alief, Southwest Houston, and Greater Fondren neighborhoods. These neighborhoods represent some of the most ethnically diverse communities in the city. The newest cohort of Pre-Kinder 3 students in the class of 2031 represents over a dozen languages spoken at home including Arabic, Spanish, Urdu, and a number of West African dialects. Nearly 95% of SHINE's students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

At KIPP SHINE Prep, a team and family is what we are and how we act. SHINE's team and family is comprised of teachers, students, and their families working collaboratively to ensure all students are set on a path to a choice-filled life. KIPP SHINE Prep provides a unique elementary school experience, balancing KIPP character development with a college-prep, rigorous academic setting for all students in Pre-Kinder 3 through fourth grade. Teachers have high expectations for all students and provide many levels of support to ensure all students achieve their goals.