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KIPP Massachusetts Inc.

 90 High Rock Street
 Lynn, MA 01902
[P] (781) 598-1609
[F] (781) 598-1639
www.kippma.org
[email protected]
Laurie Kennedy
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INCORPORATED: 2007
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EIN 46-4881350

LAST UPDATED: 02/08/2017
Organization DBA KIPP Massachusetts
KIPP Academy Lynn
KIPP Academy Boston
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

 

At KIPP Massachusetts, our mission is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in college, and in life.  Our program is based on a longer school day and year, academic rigor and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, coaching and continuous learning for teachers and staff, and a system of support for students in grades K-12 and through college graduation.  For over ten years in Massachusetts, KIPP has developed and refined an educational model that improves and scales transformative outcomes for our students and families.


 

Mission Statement

 

At KIPP Massachusetts, our mission is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in college, and in life.  Our program is based on a longer school day and year, academic rigor and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, coaching and continuous learning for teachers and staff, and a system of support for students in grades K-12 and through college graduation.  For over ten years in Massachusetts, KIPP has developed and refined an educational model that improves and scales transformative outcomes for our students and families.


 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $28,334,331.00
Projected Expense $27,237,973.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adult and Community Education
  • KIPP Through College
  • More Time

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Overview

Mission Statement

 

At KIPP Massachusetts, our mission is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to maximize their potential in college, and in life.  Our program is based on a longer school day and year, academic rigor and character development, a relentless focus on student outcomes and college graduation, coaching and continuous learning for teachers and staff, and a system of support for students in grades K-12 and through college graduation.  For over ten years in Massachusetts, KIPP has developed and refined an educational model that improves and scales transformative outcomes for our students and families.


 


Background Statement

KIPP Massachusetts is a network of free, open-enrollment public charter schools located in the educationally under served and under-resourced communities of Lynn and Mattapan, MA. We are part of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) a national network of 200 schools in 30 states plus the District of Columbia, serving nearly 80,000 students and thousands of alumni across the country, with a track record of success in under-served communities. Our mission is to create an environment where students develop the academic skills, character strengths, and intellectual habits necessary to maximize their potential in college and in life. 

We currently serve over 1,700 students in the Lynn and Boston districts: our High Rock Campus in Lynn is home to KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School and KIPP Academy Collegiate High and KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary; KIPP Academy Boston Middle School and KIPP Academy Boston Elementary in Mattapan.


Impact Statement

At KIPP we believe the truest measure of our success is the college graduation rate and life outcomes achieved by our students. Along the way we measure our progress and stay on track by asking Six Essential Questions that we believe are essential to reaching our goals. 

 We are excited to share our academic outcomes for the 2015/16 school year as well as update you on our progress against all of these questions.

Q1. Are we serving the kids we set out to serve? Our student demographics mirror the districts we serve with comparable ELL, SPED, and Free/Reduced lunch  numbers in both Lynn and Boston.
Q2. Are our kids staying with us? 92% of our kids stay will us year over year. This rate exceeds the average of charter schools by nearly 10%, and is substantially higher than the district schools in the communities we serve.
Q3. Are our kids growing and achieving? 
  • With a focus on literacy and using blended learning, more than 80% of our kindergarteners met or exceeded their reading readiness goals. This means each of them read at or above the national average
  • In 2015/16, our KALC students had strong achievement in Spanish Language, US History and World History AP exams, performing twice as well as the US Minority Average and surpassing the US Average by more than 10% in all 3 subjects.  Our long-term growth plan for student outcomes is for 85% of our students to pass AP Calculus and AP English Language and Composition.

  • Our KIPP Academy Lynn class of 2020 had the 10th highest PARCC Math achievement in the state out of 311 schools.  With 3+ years of strong growth, our students reached achievement levels higher than affluent districts like Swampscott, Milton and Concord.  

Q4. Are our students climbing the mountain to and through college?

 Locally, our initial proof point of our growth initiative is evident in the student outcomes of our class of 2016 - our second class to attend KIPP grades 5-12 in Lynn.  These students have achieved the most impressive college-readiness outcomes of any cohort in KIPP:MA history.  Ninety-six percent (96%) of our 94% high school graduates matriculated to a two or four year college in the fall of 2016 to schools like Brown University, Duke University, Franklin and Marshall College, University of Mass Amherst, Bates College, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Carleton College, Lawrence University, Providence College, Tufts University and many others.  The projected college graduation rate of this class is 55% - six times the national average of their peers.

 

This showcases the power of our students staying with us for high school, and the potential of keeping our youngest KIPPsters from kindergarten all the way to and through high school, college and meaningful careers.  

Q5. Are we building a sustainable people model?

  • We have grown from 39 staff members to 254 over 5 years
  • 85% of our school leaders have taught at KIPP
  • 50% of our new hires are people of color

Q6. Are we building a sustainable financial model? KIPP Academy Lynn -our fully enrolled middle and high schools- are operating sustainable on public funding.


 



Needs Statement

Our most pressing need is financial investment in our growth. Private philanthropy is critically important to our sustainability as we grow to serve more kids and families. Our primary source of revenue comes from federal/state entitlements (per pupil tuition, state & federal grants, etc.) allotted to every public and charter school in the state. However, these allocations do not cover programming such as increased learning time in the summer, extensive field learning and electives, extensive alumni support through our KIPP Through College program, Teaching Fellows and Adult Education and Community Programs. These programs are critical to our success, and they are covered by private funding.

KIPP:MA is building financial sustainability.  All six schools in the KIPP:MA network will reach 100% sustainability on public funding by fiscal year 2020. Private investment in our growth fuels our programs as we scale to full enrollment on our way to 100% sustainability on public funds. Investors in our growth help us provide school start up funds, private investment in the management talent, capacities and systems to support a large network of schools, along with investment in programming (special education, alumni support, ELL) that supports our region-wide to and through college outcomes; and strengthening our balance sheet to improve working capital and support a growing budget and operating reserves as risk mitigation against unexpected changes in public revenue.

CEO Statement

Eleven years ago, KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School applied to open a middle school and serve students and families in a community hungry for a high quality educational option. KIPP set out to increase the amount of time students were engaged in rigorous academic instruction, facilitate partnerships with families to address and impact student behavior outside of school, and provide students with in-depth character development. In 2005, KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School opened to a group of 77 fifth graders in a church basement on Bessom Street in Lynn. Today, 65% of students from the class of 2013 are persisting in college and in May of 2016 we celebrated as our founding class of 2012 walked across the stage to graduate.                                                                                                                                                                                 In the fall of 2014, KIPP:MA grew to a region of four schools serving nearly 1,200 students across two cities in Massachusetts; committed to the students we currently serve with our eye on future growth to serve even more students and families in communities of need. In ten years, we have built and opened (2012) a 68,000 square foot High Rock Campus in Lynn housing both our middle and high schools; grown in Lynn to a fully enrolled 5-12, serving 1,200 students; expanded out reach in Boston, serving 288 middle school students and 226 K-2; and driven significant and consistent student growth in reading, science, and math. In August 2015, we opened our first elementary school in Lynn, and now offer a full K-12 KIPP education in Lynn.                                                                                                                                                         We believe that a full K-12 KIPP education will increase college graduation rates of our alumni to 75%.

 
 
 
 
 

Board Chair Statement

It has been my pleasure to be involved with KIPP:MA since 2009, and I have been Chairman of the Board of Trustees since December 2011.  During my time on the Board, I have seen the organization meet and overcome numerous challenges on its way to scaling dramatically from its first class of fifth graders in 2004.  In my experience, when those challenges have arisen, whether in fundraising, student performance, publicity and politics, staffing and recruitment or any of the myriad other issues an organization like KIPP:MA has to confront, the leadership team has engaged the Board, provided all of the relevant information and analysis necessary to make a decision and presented a thoughtful and effective action plan to deal with the issues.  Our dialogue is always open and forthright, the Board is very comfortable putting challenging questions to the leadership team and they, in turn, are welcoming of and receptive to critical thoughts and ideas.

With that by way of background, I can provide a specific example that will help illustrate these general points.  After being granted a charter to open first an elementary school and then a middle school in Boston, KIPP:MA sought a school leader candidate to open the elementary school in the Fall of 2012 after completing the one year “Fisher Fellowship”required of all KIPP school leaders.  We were not able to identify a suitable candidate in time and decided instead to apply to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for permission to delay the opening of the elementary school until the Fall of 2013.  In October 2011, we were informed by DESE that our request had been denied.

In the face of that denial, our proposed Boston expansion was in a moment of crisis.  We quickly convened the Board for a discussion of how to proceed.  Despite having less than a week to digest the news,the leadership team had devised a plan to successfully open a school in Boston in Fall 2012 by switching the order and opening the middle school first since we had a staff member who had previously run a KIPP middle school.  I will say that the Board asked a number of pointed questions about why we had failed to find an elementary school leader in time, whether we had done all we should to advocate for our original request to delay until 2013 and whether it was too risky to switch gears to a middle school with less than a year to go before opening day.

In the end, the leadership team convinced the Board it could successfully execute on the middle school plan, helped in large part by the fact that the KIPP middle school model was already well honed and we had a strong leader and support team internally.  Most importantly, they conveyed their passion about not letting an opportunity to serve the kids of Boston slip away and the Board’s vote was unanimous that they proceed.  Despite the degree of difficulty in opening a school on very short notice, the team came through and we are proud to say that in a few short weeks we opened KIPP Academy Boston! Our commitment to serving more kids and families that need great schools continues as we expand K-8 in Boston and K-12 in Lynn.


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-Mattapan Neighborhood
Northeast Massachusetts Region
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

KIPP Massachusetts presently serves the city of Lynn, and the city of Boston, with a concentrated effort to serve Mattapan.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
  2. Youth Development -
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Adult and Community Education

Our Adult Education and Community Outreach program offers free ongoing classes to KIPP parents, families, and other community members.

Classes offered include English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, Computer and Financial Literacy, GED (in English and Spanish), Parenting Workshops, Book Clubs, Health & Fitness, Community Social Gatherings (such as potlucks and movie screenings).

By offering these resources, we are not only increasing the positive impact of our work with our kids,  but we are also helping to empower families and community members to develop the tools and skills they need to achieve a life of choice.

Budget  $63,726.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success is measured through registration , participation and rentention data. Short-term, we look for an increase in participation, especially among family members.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our long term goal for our adult education and community outreach initiative is to empower our families and community members to develop the tools and skills they need to live a life of choice.
Program Success Monitored By 
We seek feedback from participants and staff on a regular basis, conduct surveys and develop and implement strategies for success, based upon the feedback we receive.
Examples of Program Success 
Based upon our participant survey and individual feedback, adult students in our 2011-12 ESOL class reported, that as a result of the class:
-65% of the students felt they now had the ability to ask and answer questions in everyday situations with English speakers.
-64% felt their ability to speak English was much better.
-48% felt they could now get a job with much better pay as a result of their English language proficiency.
51% felt they could be active participants in the community affairs of the city of Lynn,MA.

KIPP Through College

Our KIPP Through College (KTC) program provides an unparalleled K-16 continuum of support to ALL of our students, from the day they become KIPPsters to the day they graduate from college. KTC offers critical resources such as tutoring, work-study, job shadowing, earned incentives, internships, SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid counseling, and social/emotional support.

 

We maintain a laser focus on college completion, not just matriculation. Although KIPP’s national graduation rate is 4x that of their low-income peers (KIPP 44% vs. 10% low income peers), we know we can do better. We have set a goal of 75% college graduation & 100% better life outcomes for all of our KIPPsters, and we are well on our way to meeting that goal. The members of our founding 5th grade class have completed their senior year in high school; 91% of eligible students from this class were accepted to a 2 or 4 year college and matriculated in the fall of 2015, compared to 41% of their low-income peers.

Budget  $448,259.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
The members of our founding 5th grade class have just completed their senior year in high school. Of eligible students from this class, 89% have been accepted to a 2 or 4 year college & plan to matriculate this fall, compared to 41% of their low-income peers.
Program Long-Term Success 

Nationally, the KIPP network operates 125 schools & serves 39,000 students. With the first two KIPP middle schools having been founded in 1994 (and many more following shortly thereafter) many schools in the KIPP network are now old enough to have alumni who are college graduates (many of whom come back to teach at KIPP schools themselves).

Nationwide, among students who attend KIPP:

- 95% graduate from high school (vs. 70% of their low-income peers)

- 86% matriculate to college (vs. 41% of their low-income peers)

- 33% graduate from college (QUADRUPLE the 8% college graduation rate of their low-income peers)

Although these results are promising, we know we can do better as a network. The administrators and program staff of our KIPP Through College program continue to build and improve the program so we may reach our ultimate goal of 75% college graduation and 100% better life outcomes for all of our KIPPsters.

Program Success Monitored By 

At KIPP, we use these 6 Questions to set goals & measure success. The KIPP Through College program most directly affects the outcomes of Questions 1 & 4:


1. Are our students achieving academically? (Measured by test scores, interim evaluations)

2. Are we serving those who need us most? (Measured by comparing our high risk populations to those of corresponding districts - % free/reduced meals, % minority, % ELL, % Special Education)

3. Are our kids staying with us? (Measured by yearly student attrition, weekly evaluations/interventions for kids at risk of disengaging)

4. Are our kids on the way to/through college? (Measured by high school graduation rates, college acceptance/graduation/matriculation rates)

5. Are we building a sustainable people model? (Measured by teacher retention rates, ongoing teacher observation/evaluation & teacher satisfaction feedback)

6. Are we building a sustainable financial model? (Measured by testing the strength of our financial model against every contingency)

Examples of Program Success 
Founding Class

More Time

We are committed to spending more hours in the school day, more days in the school year, and more years in the lives of our students (K-12 and KIPP support through college) to ensure better life outcomes for all our kids. More Time includes:

  • As much as 20% more time in the classroom spent each day on the core subjects -math, reading, and science -in comparison with students in traditional district schools
  • 10 hour school day which includes co-curricular activities and enrichment programs such as music, art, or athletics, as well as group studies, tutoring, and teacher support available nightly until 9pm
  • A 4 week summer academy developed to reduce summer learning loss and provide academic enrichment to and through college with programs such as ACT prep
  • Two weeks of summer school
  • Two hours of advisory sessions per week, building strong bonds and stronger student retention rates
  • K-12 and support through college and career with our KIPP Through College (KTC) program
 
Budget  $2,204,107.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

In order for our students to develop the academic skills & character traits they need to succeed in college and in life, the short-term outcomes of the More Time program at KIPP are:

 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: For 8 years, our kids have outperformed their peers in urban & suburban districts on state tests.For example, when last year’s 6th grade joined us in 5th grade, only 23% were reading at or above grade level; 58% at 2nd/3rd grade level; and 18% at 1st grade level or below. After 2 years at KIPP, every member of the class was at or above grade level & 35% were 1+ grade levels ahead. We see these kinds of results each year.

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: Our high yearly student retention rate means that our students are fully “bought in,” not only to our academic curriculum, but also to the strong emphasis on character development. The programs & philosophies of More Time are helping our students internalize the values of Community, Courage, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Grit, Perseverance, and Zest.

Program Long-Term Success 


 
Program Success Monitored By 

At KIPP, we use these 6 Questions to set goals & measure success. More Time most directly affects the outcomes of Questions 1, 3, 4 & 5:

 

1. Are our students achieving academically? (Measured by test scores, interim evaluations)

 

2. Are we serving those who need us most? (Measured by comparing our high risk populations to those of corresponding districts - % free/reduced meals, % minority, % ELL, and % Special Education)

 

3. Are our kids staying with us? (Measured by yearly student attrition, weekly evaluations/interventions for kids at risk of disengaging)

 

4. Are our kids on the way to/through college? (Measured by high school graduation rates, college acceptance/graduation/matriculation rates)

 

5. Are we building a sustainable people model? (Measured by teacher retention rates, ongoing teacher observation/evaluation & teacher satisfaction feedback)

 

6. Are we building a sustainable financial model? (Measured by testing the strength of our financial model against every possible contingency)

Examples of Program Success 
MCAS
College acceptance
Increase in adult education

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

KIPP:MA seeks to achieve the following outcomes for our students and alumni: academic growth and achievement, character growth and development, and educational attainment. In the long term. these outcomes will lead to a 75% college graduation rate for our students and 100% better life outcomes for all our kids.

At KIPPMA, teachers, staff, and students are all focused on maximizing our time spent on valuable learning and development – and limiting everything else. Examples:

•Kids must be able to read and write well. We will devote a disproportionate time to literacy K-12.

•Kids must be physically active. For balance and wellness, all students need daily physical education and/or recess, if not both. The physical, mental, and cognitive benefits to daily exercise are clear.

•Kids must have time to develop college knowledge and social skills. This means we use our extra time for field lessons, electives, advisory, and other activities that advance student learning in these two areas.

•Kids must have time to explore interests and develop passions. We have two models in our middle schools that we are evaluating. One is general exposure to many electives, the other is a more focused experience in music and sports.

•We must continually ask ourselves: are we using our time wisely? Are we making sure everyone (kids, teachers, leaders) gets enough sleep? Are we avoiding sucker’s choices between longevity and urgency?

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Caleb Dolan
CEO Term Start July 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Caleb Dolan started teaching in 1996 and has been a KIPPster since 2000. He co-founded, led, and taught at KIPP Gaston College Preparatory for eight years.   GCP’s first three graduating classes earned 100% college acceptance.   From 2009-2011, he served a dual role as Chief Academic Officer for KIPP Massachusetts and Director of Principal Development for the KIPP Foundation.  During the 2011-2012 school year, Mr. Dolan became the Executive Director of KIPP Massachusetts.  He graduated from Colby College and lives in Boston, MA with his wife Joanna and daughters Tallulah and Mavis.
Contact Caleb:[email protected], 781-346-6258
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Josh Zioa Sept 2003 Jan

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Sarah Drezek Manager Director, Lynn --
Ms. Emily Rodriguez Manager Director, Boston --
Ms. Alexis Rosado Director of KIPP Through College --
Ms. Mekka Smith Chief of Staff Ms. Parkos joined KIPP Massachusetts in January 2010 as Chief Development Officer responsible for developing and implementing the strategic fundraising and marketing plan to support KIPP’s growth from one middle school in Lynn, to a region of public charter schools throughout Massachusetts.  She and her team are responsible for private philanthropy for the annual operating fund and capital campaign, as well as branding and marketing for KIPP Massachusetts.  Ms. Parkos brings over 25 years of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors in strategic alliances, business development and fundraising.  Prior to KIPP, as National Director of Resource Development for City Year, Director of Membership and Marketing for WGBH, and Director of Development at The Greater Boston Food Bank, Ms. Parkos was responsible for developing and driving the success of major gifts, corporate and foundation giving,  and direct mail fundraising strategies and the infrastructure to support them.  Having seen both of her childrento and through college, Ms. Parkos currently resides in Newburyport MA.
Contact Jennifer:[email protected], 781-592-1937
Mr. Kevin Taylor Senior Finance Mr. Kalafatas joined KIPP Massachusetts as COO in January 2011 to support its growth to a Massachusetts region of public charter schools. He brings 20 years of experience leading mission-driven organizations to greater impact, sustainability, and scale. Prior to KIPP, John served as Portfolio Manager at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which invests in organizations serving low-income youth. At City Year, Inc., a national service and education organization, John served as a Regional Director and as Director of Strategic Planning & Organizational Development. John has also worked as a nonprofit consultant with KublerWirka, a corporate fundraiser at the Harvard Development Office, and a Senior Associate at the Duke and Harvard centers for social entrepreneurship. A member of Outward Bound's National Board of Advisors, John is a graduate of Tufts University, Harvard Business School, and the National Outdoor Leadership School. He resides in Arlington, MA with his wife Karen and daughter Becca.
Contact John:[email protected], 781-346-6258

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

We believe that it is critical to build relationships not only with the members of the immediate communities surrounding our schools, but also with other stakeholders in the urban education space. We regularly collaborate with other organizations in the Lynn & Mattapan communities, such as Girls, Inc., YMCA, Mattapan United, Union Capital and “Our Time to Shine”(a gang prevention program). We also actively partner with other high-performing charter schools to share best practices and to ensure that we are reaching as many families as possible. As a member of the Boston Compact (a partnership of the Boston Alliance of Charter Schools and the Boston Public Schools), we will have the opportunity work with other educators to improve educational outcomes by “doing and sharing.” In this way, we can collectively move the needle on urban public education reform, so that quality public education becomes the norm, not the exception.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our teachers & staff are our greatest asset. In order to cultivate, support, and ultimately retain them from year to year, we maintain a strong emphasis on professional development, coaching, and leadership training.
 
Our long term goal is to recruit, train, develop and manage a high performing staff from 75 in FY12 to 300 in FY20, building a region wide team and family that demonstrates KIPP:MA's values and culture.
 
 
 

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 254
Number of Part Time Staff 20
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 76%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 37
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 8
Caucasian: 159
Hispanic/Latino: 38
Native American/American Indian: 2
Other: 30
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 161
Male: 83
Not Specified 30

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 8
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Michael Kendall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Goodwin Proctor LLC
Board Chair Term Nov 2011 - Nov 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Joel Abramson Flagship Travel Voting
Mr. Thomas Beecher Cartera Commerce Voting
Mr. Skip Besthoff Castile Ventures Voting
Mr. Doug Borchard New Profit Voting
Ms. Jennifer Davis National Center on Time and Learning Voting
Mr. Caleb Dolan KIPP Massachusetts Voting
Ms. Amanda Fernandez Latinos for Impact Voting
Mr. Trinidad Flores Liberty Mutual Insurance Voting
Mr. Reinier Moquete Board Fellow Advoqt --
Ms. Amanda Seider Teach for America Voting
Mr. Eric Svenson Broder Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Academic Affairs
  • Advocacy
  • Board Governance
  • Building
  • Compensation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Board of Trustees is volunteer based and supports the work of KIPP:MA by providing mission-based leadership and strategic and fiduciary governance for all KIPP schools in Massachusetts. There are currently 12 members serving on the KIPP:MA Board including the Executive Director, Caleb Dolan . There is a recruitment strategy in place to recruit additional Board members in FY17, replacing members who fulfilled their term in FY16 and additional seats created to create the capacity necessary to support the growing KIPP:MA organization.  The Board will also develop its leadership pipeline and succession plan for chair, committee and officer positions.

There are currently eight committees and task forces led by Board members and staffed by Board members, other volunteers and KIPP:MA leadership staff.  They include: Governance Committee, Finance Committee, Facilities Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Compensation Committee, Development Task Force, Advocacy Task Force, and Strategic Task Force.   

KIPP:MA’s Board will as a group fulfill the following six core roles and responsibilities: fiduciary oversight, executive performance and development, vision and strategy, financial resourcing, external champions, and board self-management. To support growth and sustainability, the Board will continue its already strong engagement on strategy, governance and program quality oversight, as well as increase in its role in fundraising and securing resources. 

 

 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $30,411,697 $23,091,317 $17,295,942
Total Expenses $28,569,195 $22,721,949 $16,026,506

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $21,564,592 $15,766,545 $12,481,069
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $21,564,592 $15,766,545 $12,481,069
Individual Contributions $3,615,315 $4,005,830 $2,965,199
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,529,839 $887,373 $721,737
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,000,237 $905,340 $930,114
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $2,701,714 $1,526,229 $197,823
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $23,228,378 $15,681,094 $14,511,752
Administration Expense $5,049,656 $6,703,678 $1,177,576
Fundraising Expense $291,161 $337,178 $337,178
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.02 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 69% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $76,075,589 $62,282,174 $52,955,264
Current Assets $10,045,618 $9,904,290 $8,627,293
Long-Term Liabilities $61,894,707 $50,008,704 $40,642,966
Current Liabilities $4,743,278 $4,678,368 $2,735,857
Total Net Assets $9,437,604 $7,595,102 $9,576,441

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 2.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates July - June
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.12 2.12 3.15

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 81% 80% 77%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our financial plan is to grow to a $38M sustainable organization.
How does KIPPMA reach sustainable scale? On a cash basis, we will grow revenue $8M in FY12 to $39M in FY20, while generating annual surpluses. After a critical initial boost of $10M private growth capital, by FY20 95%+ of revenue will be public funds once each of 5 planned schools reach scale, cost per student decreases 25% (constant $), and cash grows to 4 months coverage.
 
KIPPMA demonstrated a track record of raising $3M per year in FY10 and FY11. In FY12, KIPPMA again raised over $3M by completing its $5M building capital campaign, raising an annual fund, and launching a growth capital campaign. Over FY12-15, KIPPMA completed a $10M Growth Capital Campaign.  Growth capital will be invested in regional capacity to support a growing network of schools and to subsidize new schools’ operations until each region reaches sustainable scale by FY20. Of $215M in total revenue required over the 9-year, FY12-20 period, $17.7M or 8% of private funding is required to leverage $163M in public funding. If the first 5 schools are launched successfully and sustainability is on track, KIPPMA may consider growth to additional schools and another growth or building capital campaign.
 
 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials. Government grants and per-pupil tuition are listed under Government. Contributions from Foundations & Corporations are listed under Individuals when the breakout was not available. Functional expense details were provided by the organization.
 
Please note, this organization obtained a new nonprofit status from the IRS in January 2015, covering all KIPP entities (EIN 46-4881350), Kipp Massachusetts Inc., as per the above posted IRS Letter of Determination. Due to this change, a short year Form 990, filed under this new EIN/nonprofit status, is posted above covering Feb. 4, 2014 - June 30, 2014.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Since our founding in 2004, it has been our core belief that all students, regardless of their zip code or demographics can and will learn and achieve. We are committed to serving students who need us most and refuse to accept anything less than an excellent college-preparatory education for students from low-income communities.

 

Essential to creating and scaling a great system of schools is focusing on our ultimate goal: college graduation.  We are at our best when we are engaging students’ joy and curiosity through rigorous curriculum that will put them on that path toward choice-filled lives. We are committed to supporting our students to and through college and alternative paths after high school and holding ourselves accountable to tracking college graduation (not simply matriculation) and alternative path completion.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

The data collected from over 200 KIPP schools nationally, and thousands of alumni has proven  that a KIPP K-12 education, coupled with college match and support through college graduation drastically increases the college matriculation and graduation rates of our alumni. This strategy ensures that our students grow academically at the trajectory necessary for success from the earliest years of their academic careers all the way to and through college.

With this data informing our decision, in 2011 when the charter cap in the state was doubled, KIPP:MA began to scale beyond one middle school in Lynn.  

 

In Lynn, we have grown to a fully enrolled middle and high school (founded in 2011), serving 955 students in grades 5-12 and built a flagship campus in the High Rock neighborhood that opened in August 2012. In August 2015, we founded KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary and currently serve 240 kindergarteners and 1st graders.  In 2020 a complete fully enrolled KIPP K-12 system of schools will be serving 10% or more of the Lynn public school population of Lynn.

 

KIPP Academy Boston Middle School was founded in August 2012 and currently serves 288 students in grades 5-8. KIPP Academy Boston Elementary School opened in August 2014 with a founding class of 72 kindergartners and now serves 226 K-2 students. In 2017, when at full enrollment, KIPP Boston schools will serve 648 students in grades K-8.  A $24M construction project was just completed for our new KIPP K-8 school in Mattapan that opened in the summer of 2016 to serve our Boston students.

 

Although our aim is to provide a complete K-12 education to the students in Boston, we are for the time being, unable to do so due to the current legislative cap on charter school seats. This year, we will allocate additional resources to mobilize our families and build relationships with elected officials in support of a lift of the cap with the intention of opening a high school in 2017.   In the interim, we will scale our KIPP through College program in Boston to ensure support for our 8th grade completers through their high school careers and investigate potential alternative models to serve our high school students in Boston. 


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The key differentiators KIPP offers are:  unparalleled professional development for both KIPP and non-KIPP school leaders and teachers, data from nearly 80,000 students plus alumni nationwide that helps us understand what students in the communities we serve need to achieve college graduation and better life outcomes, and a proven model that scales and is sustainable both locally and nationally.  


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Our goal at KIPP Massachusetts is for 75% of our students to graduate from college and for 100% of our students to live choice-filled lives.  At KIPP, we believe there are many indicators to evaluate the success of our students and schools on the path to realizing our mission. KIPP nationally has identified Six Essential Questions that provide a yardstick by which to measure our progress, keep us focused as we grow, and guide us to the best outcomes for our students. These questions and our goals include:

 

1.      Are we serving the children who need us? Grow 309 to 1,714 students served by founding KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary school with K-1 grades to our KIPP Academy Boston Elementary school, completing enrollment of KIPP Academy Middle School by enrolling 8th grade as well as backfilling any empty seats. Maintain or improve our SY16 population demographics, according to FRPL, ELL, and SPED students, which mirror neighboring districts.

2.      Are our children staying with us? Maintain or decrease our regional average SY16 student attrition rate of 8% as measured by student enrollment form October 1 SY17 until October 1 SY18.

3.      Are our children progressing and achieving academically?

a.      At 3/3 schools, achieve PARCC results above the state average and no less than 4th amongst MA highest performing charter schools.

b.      Improve the median growth of KALC students on ACT tests by 1-2 points each year.

c.      100% of KABE and KALE kindergarteners will achieve STEP Three for literacy. 

d.      75% of kindergarteners will achieve STEP Four for literacy by June 30, 2017.

e.      KABE and KALE Kindergarten students will achieve a mean Math MAP RIT score of 158 and a mean Reading MAP score of 159.

f.       KABE first grade students will achieve a mean Math MAP RIT score of 184 and a mean Reading MAP score of 183.

g.      Increase AP participation and achievement in language and calculus to high performing high school peers.

4.      Are our alumni climbing the mountain to and through college?

a.      65% of the alumni from the classes of 2012 and 2013 will persist in college by 9/05/2017

b.      100% of the graduating seniors in the KALC class of 2017 will matriculate to a four year school or post-secondary education program by 9/5/2017

c.      88% of the KALC class of 2017 will matriculate to a four year school by 9/5/2017

5.      Are we building a sustainable people model?  Grow staff from 179 FY15 to 254 FTE FY17. Retain at least 80% of desired staff and hire 85-90 FY17 positions. 30% of new hires for FY17 will be people of color.

6.      Are we building a sustainable financial model? Increase revenue 11% to $30.1M and expenses 8% to $27.8M, generating a surplus of 8% of revenues, and achieving FY17 sustainability metrics, as measured by FY17 close. 


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Although our aim is to provide a complete K-12 education to the students in Boston, we are for the time being, unable to do so due to the current legislative cap on charter school seats. This year, we mobilized our families and built relationships with elected officials in support of a lift of the cap with the intention of opening a high school in 2017 but the charter cap wasn't lifted so we will expand elsewhere.   In the interim, we continue to scale our KIPP through College program in Boston to ensure support for our 8th grade completers through their high school careers and investigate potential alternative models to serve our high school students in Boston.