Following a comprehensive review of our academic, operational, and financial performance, the Duval County School Board has renewed our charter contract for another five years. We are excited for what the future will bring for our students, families, staff, and community of supporters!
Schools are changing their names to Academies as they become kindergarten to eighth grade schools. Research shows that students who attend K-8 schools have a more comprehensive academic experience in a familiar environment, which often results in greater student achievement, self-esteem, and better outcomes in ninth grade.
KIPP Impact Academy: 5th – 8th grade
KIPP VOICE Academy: Kindergarten – 4th grade
KIPP Bessie Coleman Academy: Kindergarten – 6th grade
Yes, if your student does not need a new shirt size for next year, they will be able to wear their current school shirt for one more year. All students will be required to be in the new school shirt starting in the 2021-2022 school year. If you need to purchase a new school shirt for your student, they will be getting one of the newly designed shirts:
KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville is excited to have partnered with a new uniform shirt vendor! More details will be shared in summer packets in early June.
Earlier this year, we surveyed parents to gather their feedback about the school day and their needs. The majority of respondents said that the school day was too long for their student, they were extremely tired at the end of the day or unable to participate in additional extracurricular activities after school. The sustainability of our students and our staff is important to us. We took this feedback and determined that reducing the school day by 30 minutes and an hour on Wednesdays would address these concerns.
When surveyed this past year, the vast majority of our families indicated that an aftercare program was not a need for them. However, we realize that things may have changed. If our new Early Release Wednesday hours are a concern please complete the please complete the following survey. We will contact you in the coming weeks after we have had a chance to review.
KIPP Public Schools Jacksonville remains committed to the core of our achievement model, extended learning time. Despite the change in our school schedule, KIPP continues to provide the equivalent of more than three weeks of instruction than is required by the Florida Department of Education. Our students will continue to take part in academic interventions and a variety of extracurricular programs at no cost to their families.
Bessie Coleman was the first woman of African American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. She earned her pilot license in France on June 15, 1921, and was the first black person to earn an international pilot’s license. In 1922, Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman aviator to stage a public flight in America. She was born on January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas and passed away on April 30, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida.
After announcing to families that KIPP Jacksonville Elementary School needed to change its name to minimize confusion as the school continues to grow, the entire school community took part in choosing the new school name. School administrators, teachers, and staff submitted name options. The choices were narrowed down to a list of five which were then voted on by students, families, and staff. KIPP Bessie Coleman Academy was the final winner.