KIPP Ascend Primary, an open enrollment public charter school on Chicago’s West Side, opened its doors to 100 kindergarten students in August 2010. By 2015, KIPP Ascend Primary will serve 500 students from kindergarten through fourth grade. At KIPP Ascend Primary, we cultivate our students’ academic, character and community engagement skills preparing them to excel in the competitive world so they can build a better tomorrow for themselves, their families and their community.
The KIPP Ascend Primary values are the actions that help our students visualize and live our mission. Our values spell CLIMB; students must live the five values to overcome challenges, accomplish their goals and CLIMB the mountain to and through college. Implementation of the values allows teachers and students to have a common language around high academic and behavior expectations. Our values are:
- Make it happen
- Be the change
Our mission drives the vision we have for our students as they grow from kindergarteners to fourth graders. Our student vision focuses on the three themes of our mission: academics, character, and community. To ensure that our young students understand these broad themes, we break academics, character, and community into five teachable competencies; KIPP Ascend Primary students are learners, artists, leaders, teammates, and empowered citizens. As we use the five competencies to develop our students, we prepare each of our fourth graders with the academic, character and community engagement skills needed to fulfill our mission.