Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (Kappa)

An Insideschools pick
500 EAST FORDHAM ROAD
BRONX NY 10458 Map
Phone: (718) 933-1247
Website: Click here
Principal: PANOREA PANAGIOSOULIS
Neighborhood: Fordham
District:10
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JUAN CAAMANO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: BX1, BX12, BX12-SBS, BX15, BX17, BX19, BX22, BX28, BX34, BX41, BX55, BX9

What's special:

An academically challenging school that kids call their second home.

The downside:

Sharing space in Theodore Roosevelt complex is a challenge.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

A hidden treasure, KAPPA International admits students with a wide range of skills and prepares them for some of the country’s most selective colleges. The school offers a demanding curriculum, including several foreign languages and music instruction, lots of class discussion and assignments that include long research papers. On the top floor of the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Complex, KAPPA manages to look bright and cheery despite the general gloom of the building that houses six small schools. Potted plants and comfy chairs line the hallways.

Teachers stick around long after the last bell of the day has rung, and both administrators and staff seem to be unusually willing to help students outside of regular school hours. For example, during our visit, a senior told Principal Panorea Panagiosoulis that she was undecided about whether to accept an offer of admission to the University of Vermont. “I’m going to the University of Vermont with my daughter over spring break,” Panagiosoulis, replied. “Want to come with us?”

Students told us the school feels like a second home and that their teachers inspire them to work harder than they imagined they could. “They push you to your limits and beyond,” one girl said, adding that she sometimes does three hours of homework a night. “The teachers care about you. They not only give you the best education, but also emotional support.” Another girl said the principal is “like a mother to us” and the school “feels like family.”

KAPPA offers an International Baccaulaureate diploma, a degree widely accepted at universities in more than 100 countries. More demanding than a standard Regents prep curriculum, the IB program requires students to show competency in a foreign language, write a 15-20 page research essay, make an oral presentation, and pass various subject exams. KAPPA students must take four years of a language: Spanish, French or Modern Greek. Students must also complete 150 hours of community service. In keeping with its international theme, students may take trips to foreign countries including Costa Rica, Egypt, Jordan and Italy.

KAPPA International High School was founded in 2007 and originally modeled on the KAPPA (Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy) middle schools, which were designed to prepare low-income students for demanding colleges. High school students wear a uniform of KAPPA polo shirt (light blue or dark blue) and khaki pants or skirt.

Sharing space with five other small school has its challenges: students must take physical education at 7:30 a.m. because that’s when the gym is free. They must pass through metal detectors at the entrance of the building. Still, students feel safe, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

The college counselor offers individual attention, including help filling out financial aid forms. Students have been admitted to selective schools such as Colby, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Skidmore, often with substantial scholarships.

Special education: Collaborative team teaching (CTT) and (SETTS) are offered. All teachers prepare slightly different lessons to accommodate the wide range of abilities within their classes, including advanced students, regular students, those receiving special education services and those studying English as a Second Language.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority to students who attend an open house. (Clara Hemphill, March 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus

Number of Students 467

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
33%

Hispanic

  
60%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
89%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
13%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.80 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

28 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

76% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

91% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

88% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

38% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

85% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

97% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

74% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

10% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

8% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

31%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

16%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

25%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

31% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

412
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

86%

SAT math scores

416
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

77% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

57% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: N/A

Online: N/A

Language classes: French, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Debate Team, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Creative Writing, Drama, Spectrum Club, Music Ensembles, Newspaper, Student Government, Tutoring Programs, NY Cares Community Service

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Fencing, Swimming, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Basketball, Cheerleading, Dance Team, Flag Football, Soccer

Source: High school directory

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