KIPP Amp Charter School

An Insideschools pick
1224 PARK PLACE
BROOKLYN NY 11213 Map
Phone: (718) 943-3710
Website: Click here
Admissions: Lottery/District 17 priority
Principal: Natalie Webb/Orpheus William
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: K-2, 5-8
Unzoned
Charter School

What's special:

Dedicated teachers, extra-long school day, jazz music classes

The downside:

Highly scheduled day may not appeal to some

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

KIPP AMP, meaning Knowledge is Power Program: Always Mentally Prepared, opened in 2005 and is modeled after the first New York City KIPP charter school in the Bronx. In 2013 they added an elementary school in the same building beginning with kindergarten, with plans to expand by one grade per year.

The KIPP network operates over 140 charter schools across the United States, most in low-income neighborhoods. KIPP schools are characterized by a longer school day, a blend of academic rigor and fun, and an emphasis on positive behavior and character.

Children climb stairs and walk the halls in silence; even the youngest have a tightly scheduled day that lasts from 7:30 am to 4 pm with scheduled bathroom breaks. The middle school runs from 7 am to 5:30 pm, but both elementary and middle schoolers are dismissed earlier on Friday. Parents are primarily pleased with KIPP AMP, although on message boards some grumble about too many loose-leaf assignments and papers coming home in backpacks, and too much homework. However, plenty of spirit is on display on the school's Facebook page.

KIPPsters, as students are called, are expected to behave in a civilized manner, and they mostly do. Minor infractions (an untied shoe, an un-tucked shirt, or even not being polite enough while taking a seat on the rug) are grounds for detention or exclusion from a group activity. The school offers incentives to students to stay on track, however. Students who earn enough KIPP "dollars" for good behavior and completed homework may earn anything from a T-shirt to participation in a class trip.

Teachers are typically young and energetic — helpful qualities for the demands of the environment. Emily Carroll, principal of the elementary school, is also young, in her early thirties. Teachers employ a mix of traditional and progressive teaching methods. They clap, sing and chant to keep kids alert and engaged. Students may even reach out to them in the evenings if they need more help. [Photo by Sonja Sharp, DNAinfo.]

The middle school has had some trouble retaining teachers; in past years there was an attempt by teachers to unionize, but they abandoned this quest and the controversy seems to have quieted down under the leadership of Debon Lewis. [Lewis left in 2014 to lead an educational consulting business called Transformative Growth Partners. His replacement, Orpheus Williams, was educated at Cornell University and has served as a managing director and leadership coach in the KIPP charter network.]

Many AMP students learn to play an instrument and participate in a music program that centers on jazz history. The school's Legacy Jazz Ensemble regularly performs at events throughout the city and has attended the Newport Jazz Festival every year since 2008. In addition to music, students may join dance, soccer, basketball, track or the award-winning debate team, which meets three days a week year-round.

The elementary and middle schools are located in Crown Heights in Brooklyn in a building shared with The School of Integrated Learning and The Middle School for Academic and Social Excellence. KIPP NYC College Prep High School opened in Harlem in 2009 for students graduating from all five NYC KIPP middle schools.

Admissions: Students are accepted by a lottery held in April, and the demand for seats far outweighs the supply. Priority is given to District 17 residents. Students are rarely accepted in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. The high school accepts all advancing KIPP 8th graders who apply (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, April 2014; new principal update January 2015).

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with the School for Integrated Learning

Number of Students 787

Average Daily Attendance 95%

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
87%

Hispanic

  
9%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
1%

Safety & vibe

ARE KIDS
NICE?

How many teachers say bullying is a problem at school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

56% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average kindergarten class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average fifth grade class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Number of students in an average middle school english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

60% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?

NA 22% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

How many teachers say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep students engaged?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching social-emotional skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school does a good job teaching organizational and study skills?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

35% 40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students in grades 3-8 who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

35% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 4th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 8th grades pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

23% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

75% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Parents

Are parents involved?

How many parents responded to the school survey?

55% 59% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say they attended at least one pta meeting in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Does the school encourage family involvement?

How many parents say they were invited to an event at the school at least 3 times in the last school year?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Do parents like the school?

How many parents would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

12% 6% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

8% 14% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

8% 8% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

23% 15% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with special needs are educated in the least restrictive environment appropriate?

77% 91% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many parents of students with ieps say this school offers a wide enough variety of services and activities for their children’s needs?

76% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 19% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say this school ensures that ells receive the same curriculum as non-ells with appropriate suppports?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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