LAUNCHING AUGUST 2021!
A new KIPP Middle School in the Bronx led by a KIPP alumna!
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Hear Dominique’s Story
A school 25 years in the making!
Born in the Bronx, Dominique Mejia was one of KIPP NYC’s first students back in the ‘90s. Now, she’s getting ready to be the first alum to open and lead a new KIPP school.
25 years ago, KIPP co-founder Dave Levin made a promise to Dominique Mejia and her grandmother: we’ll be with you to and through college. Reflecting back, Dominique says they stuck to their word. “In high school, I was able to reach out to KIPP counselors as I struggled through navigating the boarding school world as a little black girl from the Bronx. And in college, I think back to my advisor who advocated for me and my financial aid,” she says. “So I’ve always had it in my mind that I would give back to KIPP. I would tell Dave, ‘I’ll get rich one day and give all this money to KIPP!!!’”
Fast forward to August 2021 when Dominique will open a KIPP school of her own in tribute to Harriett Ball, the educator who inspired KIPP’s founding. “Harriett Ball is KIPP,” Dominique says. “She was this audacious, beautiful, brilliant, creative, and masterful black woman, who was the impetus for everything that KIPP is today.”
Harriett was an inspiration to Dominique from childhood all the way through her professional career. “As an original KIPPster, I got the gift of having Harriett come into my school like a storm,” she says. “I just remember the joy that I felt in seeing her and experiencing her. Opening this school is also a way to honor all black women, past and present, who’ve made lasting contributions all over the world.”
“I’m trying to build a school in which everyone comes together in the service of young people,” she says.
“Our school will uplift students with the necessary love, support, and tools to develop strength, power, and understanding in their education, their sense of self, and their sense of culture and community.”
Dominique wants her students to have the freedom to live fulfilling, choice-filled lives and to take on the broken systems of our society.
“Our young people will bring their best and most authentic selves to everything they do,” she promises. “They’ll become the pillars and leaders of their community—continuing the work with, and for, future generations.”
Our school is part of a community that uplifts our young people. We arm them with the necessary love, support, and tools, to develop strength, power, and understanding in their education, their sense of self, and their sense of culture and community. Our young people will have the freedom to live choice-filled and fulfilling lives, and a charge to engage effectively in dismantling the broken systems of our society. Our young people will bring their highest and most authentic selves to all aspects of their existence; they’ll become the pillars and leaders of their community—continuing the work with and for future generations of young people.
We ground every aspect of the learning in two outcomes for students: their freedom to live choice-filled and fulfilling lives, and their charge to dismantle society’s broken systems. We provide students with the highest caliber of instruction, infused with love, joy, accountability, choice, and discovery. We also guide students in discovering and developing their highest and most authentic selves and bringing that to the work. With this, students are armed with a strong education that they own and use to get to the outcomes that will transform their lives and communities.
- Our school will enlist the entire community including families (as well as other stakeholders) to provide their perspective, wisdom, and needs. This information will be taken seriously and incorporated into the vision, purpose, and operation of the school
- Our school will ensure that families and community members are partners in the education and uplifting of our young people by implementing engagement strategies, systems and programs that foster strong partnerships
- Our students will be respected, celebrated, affirmed, pushed, and held accountable for their learning efforts and accomplishments
- Our students will be met with the highest caliber of instruction that is culturally relevant and incorporates ample opportunities for choice, exploration, and discovery
- Our school will create a curriculum that fosters identity development and cultural and community exploration and affirmation will be implemented in all grades
- Our school and classroom environments will reflect the community and culture of all of our students, aesthetically and in practice
Culture & Values
Our staff, students, families, and community members work collaboratively to create a space for students in which they, their community and the many cultures it encompasses are explored, affirmed, and celebrated consistently, visibly and always with love. We ALL engage in uncomfortable and necessary diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice learning and work in the best interest of our students and community. Our students will step out into a world they see and understand clearly, with a strong and asset-based sense of self, culture, and community—ready to live freely and conquer the shortcomings of that world.
- LOVE: We love ourselves and others through support, joy, respect, accountability, and connectedness.
- COMMUNITY: We love, uphold, affirm, celebrate, explore, and enhance our community, and we ensure that all members of our community are included in this charge.
- AUTHENTICITY: We consistently seek to discover and develop our genuine and highest selves. We bring that person to every space we exist in and everything we do.
- RESPONSIBILITY: We all have a charge to engage effectively in upholding our community, and gaining the necessary tools to dismantle the broken systems of our society.
- JUSTICE: We ensure that all members of our community are given the equity they deserve. We ensure that all members of our community are given the equity they deserve.