KIPP One and KIPP Academy Chicago were both named in the most recent issue of Chicago magazine as two of the top public schools in the city because of their high academic achievement and attendance. They both also offer electives during the school day and a wealth of programs after school that allow students to explore what interests them.
The KIPP One robotics team, ‘Bot the Builders’, participated in its first ever competition last fall. Sixth- and seventh-grade students on the team spent 6 hours building and coding a robot before competing against 7 other teams. Out of the 8 teams, including those from top high schools like Francis Parker and Lakeview High, KIPP One (the only middle school in the competition) came in 3rd place!
My voice does carry power, I learned that people will actually sit down and listen to me if I convey my points with evidence…it built my confidence a lot. – Kamara G., KAC Model UN Team
KIPP Academy also offers students an array of after school programs. One of those programs is a Model United Nations, or Model UN, team. Model UN is an extra-curricular activity in which students roleplay delegates to the United Nations. It involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership
Last spring, KIPP Academy’s team traveled to New York City to compete in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference. At NMUN, students had the opportunity to hone their public speaking and debate skills as well as visit the United Nations Headquarters. They also met over 1,500 students from around the world who share their desire to resolve real-world problems.