KIPP Elements Primary School
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A message from the KIPP Elements Faculty and Staff:
KIPP Elements is a charter elementary school located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. It is located in a newly built facility that it shares with three other KIPP schools. Diamond Graham is the Founding Principal of KIPP Elements Primary School. Ms. Graham has over 10 years of experience as a teacher and leader in KIPP elementary schools.
KIPP Elements Primary School is where personal discovery and academic excellence are fostered in partnership with families, students, and our community. We recognize, honor, and fuse our experiences into our education, to empower each other as innovative thinkers, powerful creators, and thoughtful community members. That’s how we launch our ideas into reality.
KIPP Elements starts with a greeting at the door. We make sure every student is welcomed into the school each day because we know that how your day begins sets the tone for learning. Once greeted in their classrooms, students kick off with mind and body work, focusing on mindfulness. From there, students engage in rigorous, hands-on academics, including, math, reading, science, design, performing arts, and even robotics! We believe in cultivating courageous curiosity through hands-on experiments and opportunities to discover and practice inquiry throughout the day.
In Science, students explore design thinking and bring their ideas to life. They learn about inventors and creators of color from different backgrounds. Students create solutions to problems that inventors and scientists have faced historically. We challenge students to develop scientific solutions to issues that students care about. We even have a robotics team that participates in competitions!
At our Coffee and Conversations and Learning Nights, families come together to share ideas and learn from each other. Families and teachers get together to discuss what students are learning, share best practices, and talk about how students will reach their goals. During our Family Read-Alouds and Writing Days, families come in to share their favorite books with the class and talk about their own families. Families are welcome to participate in publishing parties for students to show off their hard work. We also hold community events like a family feast, movie screenings, and more.