Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School (KAPPA)

Grades 9-12
Staff Pick
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Location

500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
Belmont (District 10)
Trains: B, D to Fordham Rd
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9

Contact

Phone
718-933-1247
Principal
Panorea Panagiosoulis
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

An academically challenging school that kids call their second home.

The Downside

Sharing space in Theodore Roosevelt complex is a challenge.

Our Review

A hidden treasure, KAPPA International admits students with a wide range of skills and prepares them for some of the countrys 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. Im 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 thats 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)

About the students

Enrollment
473
Asian
3.0%
Black
28.7%
Hispanic
63.2%
White
2.3%
Other
2.8%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
12%
Male
44%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
115%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
86%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
41%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
72%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
83%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
96%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
83%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
35%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
88%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 8 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Music, Theater, and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
91%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
71%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
91%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
8%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
22%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
44%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
67%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
88%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
69%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
96%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
80%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy International High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Doctors of Tomorrow
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Beyond Living Environment and Chemistry, students will complete rigorous coursework in the biological sciences such as Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Osteology and IB Biology. Students will participate in NYU Mini-Meds on Saturdays at NYU and Mentoring in Medicine programs, including the Science Pathfinders In School and After School Programs. These programs facilitate community relationships with doctors and mentors and provide increased student access to internships and scholarships.

Academics

Language Courses

French, Italian, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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