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KIPP Massachusetts Inc.

 90 High Rock Street
 Lynn, MA 01902
[P] (617) 596-3821
[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: 11/09/2017
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 a dozen 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 a dozen 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, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $33,334,642.00
Projected Expense $32,052,482.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adult and Community Education
  • K-College
  • KIPP Through College

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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 a dozen 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 209 schools in 31 regions, serving nearly 88,000 students and 10,000 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 1,900 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

KIPP Massachusetts has grown from one school to five, educating children in both Lynn and Boston. We will educate over 1800 students this year.

Student Growth and Achievement:
  • The estimated college completion rate for our alumni has risen from 29%-55%  between 2010 and 2016 as a result of adding a high school and improved college counseling
  • We are in the early stages of elementary expansion and already 90% or more of kindergarten students are reading at our above the national average after one year. 
  • We have in creased the number of English Language Learners and Special Needs Students we serve in Lynn and Boston. Our Boston rate are actually above the district. 
  • We have one of the lowest attrition rates in all of KIPP and across the Massachusetts charter sector. 
Family and Community Learning
  • Our families are the most civically  engaged of all parents in the MA charter sector as  measured by participation in advocacy events, running for elected office, and membership on community boards.
  • We serve over 200 adult learners in Boston and over 300 in Lynn in our Family and Community Learning Programs with a wait list in Lynn.
 



 



Needs Statement

Our most pressing need is financial investment in our growth. Investing on growth will enable KIPP MA to better serve kids at a more sustainable scale. At KIPP MA, financial sustainability means:

1. We operate our high quality K-12 model on the public dollar
  • Proven teaching and learning model
  • Supporting our highest needs students (including Special Education) 
  • Facilities and other long-term foundations of success
2.  Meet and/or exceed rigorous internal and external requirements on financial sustainability and management
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Board  management metric
  • Financial and capital markets providers
3. We are able to invest in the strategies and programs that are critical to our students' and families' long term success
  • KIPP Through College
  • Family and Community Programs 
Over the next ten years, KIPP Massachusetts will achieve financial sustainability on the public dollar. To do so, we strive to raise an additional $26.2M in philanthropic operating capital on top of our existing fundraising capacity over the next ten years. 

CEO Statement

In 2004, 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, KIPP MA educates over 1800 students in Lynn and Boston.                                                                                                                                   

We believe that a full K-12 KIPP education will increase college graduation rates of our alumni to 75%, and bring lives of opportunity, independence and impact for all of our students and families. To increase our impact, we plan to double the number of students we serve and serve them better than ever. 
 
Our regional priorities:
  • Ensure daily rigor for all and monumental growth and achievement in teaching and learning
  • Increase the clarity and consistency of our operations to ensure teacher and leader focus on students, learning, and relationships
  • Make our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity live in the anti-racist mindsets and practices of our organization
  • Build and execute on a clear talent strategy where we grow, develop and retain leaders
  • Align our operational model and structure so we can educate more students and families
 
 
 
 

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 to ten schools in Massachusetts. 


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 Family and Community Learning 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) and Civic Engagement Training.

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  250,000
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 retention data. Short-term, we look for an increase in participation, especially among family members.
 
We serve over 350 adult learners in Lynn and over 225 in Boston, with wait lists.  
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 
  • We have served over 2,000 students to date
  • Our wait list continues to grow and has reached over 1,000
  • Our citizenship program has proudly contributed to over 200 students becoming US citizens
  • Our computer literacy program teachers skills that improve our students' employability 
  • Our civic engagement program promotes parent leadership as well as supports participants interested in joining local boards and running for public office
  • Our families are the most civically engaged of all parents in the MA charter sector. 
 
 

K-College

At KIPP, we believe that all students can learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. 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. 

Our success is driven by:
  • High expectations  -Clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that creates and reinforces a culture of achievement and support.  We know that every student is different and learning is based on a student's needs, skills, and interests. 
  • Strength of character -Success in life depends on more than academic learning. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success. And we empower them to express their voice and improve the world around them.
  • Highly skilled teachers and leaders -Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our school teams and invest in leadership and training rather than bureaucracy.
  • Safe and structured environments -Physical and emotional safety is needed for students to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes.  Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions so our students love school and maximize their learning. 
  • KIPP Through College -Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college. 
 
Budget  $32,052,482.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

 

1. We serve the children we set out to serve.
2. Our children stay with us
3. Our students all grow and achieve
4. Our alumni climb the mountain to and through college 
Program Long-Term Success 

1. Realizing monumental growth and achievement

2. Growing to reach more students
 
3. Supporting parent and family power
 
Program Success Monitored By 

We make a promise to students, families, and communities that a KIPP K-12 education will help them graduate from college and achieve lives of independence and impact. In order to keep that promise we need to be urgent about student progress now and sustain excellence for the future. These six questions allow us to see if we are keeping our promise and hold us accountable to KIPPsters and families now ans to all the KIPPsters we will educate in the future,

1. Are we educating the students we set out to educate?
2. Are our students staying with us?
3. Are our students growing and achieving academically?
4. Are our students climbing the mountain to and through college?
5. Are we building a sustainable people model?
 6. Are we building a sustainable financial model? 
Examples of Program Success 
Student demogrpahics
Interim assessments, and standardized test results
Student and staff retention  
College match -acceptances and persistence
College graduation rate 
Participation in adult education

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. KIPP counselors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career. 

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. Our estimated college completion rate has gone from 8% pre-KIPP to 55% after a KIPP MA grades 5-12 education. 

Budget  500,000
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 
Our estimated college completion rate has gone from 8% pre-KIPP to 55% after a KIPP MA grades 5-12 education.
Program Long-Term Success 

Our long term goal is for 75% of our students to graduate from college and that all of our alumni live lives of opportunity, independence, and impact as leaders in their communities. We are in our early stages of college completion (students who did not attend KIPP high school), but are confident we will reach our goal with the students who will receive a KIPP MA K-12 education. 

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 
Members of our founding class of 2012 (KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School) are now college graduates and have returned to Lynn to work in our schools, local nonprofits and banks and businesses, such as Eastern Bank and Kettle Cuisine. 
 
The growth of our expected college graduation rate from 8%-55% for KIPP MA alumni. 

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. Rhonda Barnes Interim Manager Director, Lynn

Ms. Barnes has spent her professional career teaching in and advocating for public schools. She has over 20 years of classroom experience in elementary, middle and high school.

Ms. Barnes joined the KIPP MA Team and Family in 2013 as a 6th grade Humanities Teacher at KIPP Academy Boston. After serving as the Dean of Students in 2014, she became the school leader in 2015. Under her leadership KIPP Academy Boston Middle has seen some of the highest student growth in the state of Massachusetts including having three grade levels be among the top ten schools in the KIPP Network with the highest Reading growth on the Measure of Academic Progress assessment

Ms. Barnes is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic University (1991) and Virginia Commonwealth University (2003) where her graduate research around Teacher Leadership led to the creation of the VCU Center for Teacher Leadership.

Ms. Barnes is the proud mother of her two children Adrianna a first grade teacher, and Jordan a student at Tufts University.

Ms. Rachel Heuisler Managing Director of Talent Rachel joins KIPP MA as the Managing Director of Talent. Rachel began her career teaching pre-kindergarten and coaching varsity basketball in Belgium. She moved to New York and taught fifth and seventh grade at Public School 7 in East Harlem. In 2006, Rachel eagerly joined the founding staff at KIPP Infinity Middle School in West Harlem as the sixth grade writing teacher. In 2010, she transitioned to the KIPP NYC Recruitment Team, helping the region expand from four schools with 200 employees to eleven schools and over 800 staff members. Most recently, Rachel served as KIPP NYC’s Senior Director of Leadership Development, overseeing training and support for novice teachers through principals. Rachel holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Duke University and an M.A. in elementary education from Hunter College. Outside of work, Rachel can be found making forts and muffins with her husband, Chris, and their children Shane and Brooke.
Ms. Emily Rodriguez Manager Director, Boston Schools Emily Rodriguez joined KIPP Massachusetts in 2012 as the Director of Leadership Development. Prior to joining KIPP, Mrs. Rodriguez spent seven years working with two highly successful charter school management organizations in New York City, Success Academies and Explore Schools (ESI). Mrs. Rodriguez began as the Dean of Students at Explore Charter School, ESI’s flagship school, before being promoted to the role of Upper School Academic Director. During her tenure as Academic Director, student test scores increased 23% in ELA and 25% in math. Mrs. Rodriguez most recently served as the Director of Literacy for the ESI network, which consists of four elementary schools and one middle school. At Success Academies, Mrs. Rodriguez served as the founding principal of SA 3 elementary school. During her time as principal, the school earned an “A” rating on the NYC Department of Education’s school report card and student test scores were 30% higher than the NY State average. Mrs. Rodriguez began her career as a middle school teacher, working in public schools in NYC and Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and holds masters degrees from Queens College and Pace University. Mrs. Rodriguez lives in Boston with her husband, Ventura, and their three children, Isaac, Sabina, and Nia.
Ms. Mekka Smith Chief of Staff Mekka Smith joined KIPP Massachusetts in 2016. She is originally from Atlanta, GA, and started teaching in 2007 through Teach For America, where she worked with brilliant first and second grade students in Miami, Florida for five years. Mekka has been actively involved in new teacher development through working at TFA summer institutes in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Tulsa, and Boston. In 2012 she joined the Teach For America-Massachusetts regional team and spent the next few years coaching teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools as well as supporting alumni to find high impact, school-based roles in local district and charter schools. Mekka has worked to further strategic approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in education through leading diversity sessions for education professionals, creating a foundational summer scope and sequence for beginning teachers, and serving as the chair of The Collective-Massachusetts, a board that supports alumni of color in the Commonwealth. She is a graduate of Amherst College and has a Master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mr. Kevin Taylor Chief Operating Officer Kevin Taylor is Chief Operating Officer, with management responsibility for the finance, technology and real estate teams and is actively involved in the advocacy efforts for the region. Prior to joining KIPP:MA, Kevin was Director of Finance for Achievement First, where he was responsible for budgeting and forecasting for AF’s New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island schools and the network office; federal, state, local and philanthropic revenue recognition, reporting and compliance; and leading AF’s “scaling with excellence” finance initiatives, including implementations of an automated accounts payable system, online credit card and personal expense reimbursement tool, online budgeting and forecasting portal and fixed asset software. Prior to joining AF in 2012, Kevin worked in corporate and divisional finance at children’s book publisher, Scholastic; high-stakes educational assessments producer, The Princeton Review; and enthusiast magazine publisher, PRIMEDIA. A former news reporter, Kevin majored in political science and mathematics at Tuskegee University. He is pastor of the oldest African-American church in New Bedford and is actively involved in the community. Indeed, Kevin sees education as a form of ministry and the civil rights movement of the 21st century and is working tirelessly to close the achievement gap, increase literacy, and impact education for students of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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 290
Number of Part Time Staff 80
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 78%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 60
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 13
Caucasian: 153
Hispanic/Latino: 44
Native American/American Indian: 2
Other: 18
Other (if specified): Mixed
Gender Female: 197
Male: 93
Not Specified 0

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 2031
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
Ms. Jennifer Betancourt Board Fellow Harvard School of Public Policy NonVoting
Mr. Doug Borchard New Profit Voting
Ms. Jennifer Davis National Center on Time and Learning Voting
Mr. Caleb Dolan KIPP Massachusetts Voting
Mr. Matthew Fates Ascent Venture Partners Voting
Mrs. Dawn Foye KIPP Parent Voting
Mr. Michael Kendall Goodwin Proctor LLP Voting
Mr. Shenkiat Lim City Year Voting
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: 1
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 20
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 Yes

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 FY18, replacing members who fulfilled their term in FY17 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
    Federal -- -- --
    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) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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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? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose By 2026, we will operate 10 schools and educate 4100 students.  Our ten year $36M campaign is to support this growth. 
Campaign Goal $36,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2017 - June 2027
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

Over the next ten years, KIPP MA will achieve financial sustainability on the public dollar.  This means we will operate our high quality K-12 model on the public dollar; meet or exceed rigorous internal and external requirements on financial sustainability and management, and be able to invest in strategies and programs that are critical to our students' and families' long term success, such as KIPP Through College and Family and Community Programs. 
 

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.

In Massachusetts, we have grown from one middle school in Lynn to two districts educating students in both Lynn and Boston. To increase our impact, we plan to double the number of students we educate and do so better than ever. Over the next ten years, we will grow from five to ten schools and educate over 4100 students in Lynn, Boston, and one other educationally underserved community. 

We will do so by ensuring daily rigor for all and monumental growth and achievement in teaching and learning; by increasing the clarity and consistency of our operations to ensure teacher and leader focus on students, learning,and relationships; making our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity live in the anti-racist mindsets and practices of our organization. We will build and execute on a clear talent strategy where we grow, develop, and retain teachers, as well as align our operational model and structure so we can educate more students and families.
 
 
 

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?

We evaluate success across three touchstones for our work.

1. Realizing monumental growth and achievement: we will be successful if we reach the following goals by 2027.
  • Average ACT score of 26
  • 85% participation and 90% pass rate in AP English 
  • 65% participation and 85% pass rate in AP Calculus
  • 100% will develop and revise an informed career and life readiness plan in 4th, 8th, and 11th grade
2. Growing to reach more students: we will be successful if we reach the following goals:
  • 10 schools and 4100 students enrolled by 2026
  • Growth to one additional  educationally underserved community by 2023
3. Supporting parent and family power: we will be successful if we reach the following goal:
  • Support our families, students, alumni, and ourselves to demand change 

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

KIPP Massachusetts has grown from one school to five, educating children in both Lynn and Boston. We have a track record of growing and getting better.

  • We serve the children we set out to serve: Our student demographics mirror the districts we serve with comparable ELL, SPED, and free/reduced lunch numbers in Lynn and Boston.
  • Our children are staying with us: 92% of our kids stay with us year over year; this rate exceeds the average of charter schools by nearly 10%, and is also substantially higher than the districts in the communities we serve.
  • Our students are growing and achieving: KIPP MA student proficiency and advanced state test rates surpassed the state in all grades across all subjects; the median student growth percentile for the entire KIPP MA region exceeds the state average by 20%.
  • Our alumni are climbing the mountain to and through college: Our estimated college completion rate has gone from 8% pre-KIPP to 55% after a KIPP MA grades 5-12 education.
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.