KIPP Amp Charter School

Grades K-2, 5-8

Location

1224 Park Place
Brooklyn NY 11213
Crown Heights (District 17)

Contact

Phone
718-943-3710
Principal
Natalie Webb/Alaina Chipman

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Highly scheduled day may not appeal to some

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).

About the students

Enrollment
866
Asian
1.2%
Black
86.5%
Hispanic
9.2%
White
0.6%
Other
2.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
80%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
2%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with the School for Integrated Learning
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
30%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

How many students are chronically absent?
11%
19% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
56%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
38%
25% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
77%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers say their students are safe outside around this school?
68%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
34%
46% Citywide Average

About the leadership

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
60%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
64%
86% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
65%
79% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
57%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
70%
85% Citywide Average

Do parents like the school?

How many parents responded to the school survey?
55%
59% Citywide Average
How many parents say they are invited to visit classrooms?
83%
79% Citywide Average
How many parents say this school offers enough courses, activities and services to keep their children interested in school?
83%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
34%
39% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
35%
40% Citywide Average

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
64%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
55% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
59%
70% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
10%
28% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
89%
87% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

Average math score for ICT students
2.01
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
2.26
2.2 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.88
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
2.12
2.2 Citywide Average
Average math score for SETSS students
2.45
2.3 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for SETSS students
2.22
2.3 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
47%
69% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
86%
89% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
78%
87% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
100%
89% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data
  • Give specific examples. Tell us why this school rocks (or doesn't).
  • Criticism is fine, but no profanity, racist or ethnic slurs, or personal attacks.
  • All users must comply with our Terms of Use.