KIPP Comienza 4th Grade Catalina Field Trip
Organized by: KIPP Comienza
Please help KIPP Comienza's founding class go on an end of year field trip to Catalina Island to commemorate the end of 5 years at KCCP. The total cost of the trip is $20,000, and our goal is to make at least $13,000 of that through crowdrise!
A donation of any amount is welcome. To sponsor a child, you can donate $245.
KIPP Comienza was founded in 2010 on the streets of Huntington Park. Our founding school leader and teachers approached families, asking parents if they had a child who was going into kindergarten. They explained that they would be opening up a College Prep Charter School and made a promise to families that, if they enrolled, their students would have a better chance of going to college.
Two years later, when our founding kindergartners were in second grade, they earned our school an API of 978, making KIPP Comienza the third highest performing school in LAUSD. After much hard work and dedication, our students, teachers, and families could see our promise becoming a reality.
Our founding class of kindergartners is now in fourth grade, and this will be their last year at our school. As our staff pledged on the streets of Huntington Park, Comienza's mission is to provide students with rigorous academic instruction coupled with character development and learning experiences. It is these experiences in which our students build the character they need to be successful in life. Our students have been able to go on many local field trips that have opened their eyes to the community around them in Los Angeles, but the reality is that many of them have never been outside of LA.
As their final field trip, we would like to take our students on a 3 day, 2 night trip to Catalina. This trip will give our students a learning experience that is outside of their community and provide them with the opportunity to explore nature and apply what they've learned at school, firsthand. Our students have taken Science in Spanish throughout the five years they have been at KIPP. At the CIMI Outdoor Science School in Catalina, they will participate in hands-on courses, including Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ocean Mammals, and Island Ecology. Students will also participate in activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking. These courses and activities complement the Fourth Grade Science Standards that our students have been held to.
When we founded our school in 2010, we recruited families by discussing the current realities for students in Huntington Park. About 50% of them graduate from high school. We explained to families that this shouldn't be the case. College readiness should not be determined by the zip code you are born into. Similarly, our students should not be held back from learning experiences just because of where they live. Our students’ hard work merits this field trip. They deserve the chance to apply all they have learned over the 5 years they have been at KIPP, from academics to character, in one final learning experience.