ABC 24 Cool School: KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School

ABC 24 Cool School: KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School

It’s been said that knowledge is power, and nowhere do they stress that more than at KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - It’s been said that knowledge is power, and nowhere do they stress that more than at KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School.

This is the first year the north Memphis charter school has been open and the school’s principal believes the staff here is already making quite an impact.

"We have incredibly high expectations for our students," said Principal Andy Bobowski. "They’re doing an hour of homework at least already in the 5th grade. They have 3 weeks of summer school; they stay here until 5 o’clock. Saturday school once a month."

Year one has begun with 75 students, all 5th graders. Eventually they’ll expand to the 8th grade.

Teachers say the purpose of the school is not only to educate, but to build charther in students as well.

"They’re super smart and they’re hard working and being around them everyday makes us a really cool school," said teacher Jane Grimes.

KIPP Academy Middle School IS a part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-prep public schools educating students in underserved communities. Teachers, students and parents all sign contracts pledging their commitment to excellence.

Bobowski said, "We believe that it’s a partnership between the home, between the school, the community, the teachers, the parents."

On our recent visit, the mission was clear. You can see the banners hanging on the halls. The end goal is to see these kids in college.

"They’re super invested in it," said Grimes, "and we also have a great time learning every day."

The young students we met were bright and engaged, and focused on the future.

"It’s important to me now so as I get older I already know what I’m supposed to do," said student Anthonesha Morgan. "I will be mature and know what I’m supposed to do as I get older."

Student Ajel Braden added, "It shows us not to give up on our work even though it’s hard."

From outstanding educators to a building culture of achievement, KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School is proving to be pretty cool.


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