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KIPP Believe College Prep Handbook

KIPP BELIEVE COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL POLICIES

 

MISSION, VISION AND VALUES

School Mission: The mission of KIPP Believe College Prep is to empower students with the academic skills and character traits to live happy, healthy lives, be prepared to succeed at the colleges of their choice, and improve the world around them.

School Vision: At KBCP, we are building upon the strong foundations already laid over the last twelve years to create the preeminent school in New Orleans. Our students progress through KBCP and graduate with a deep sense of empowerment, pride, and love of school. Our students leave with academic scores that best national averages, core experiences in the arts and athletics, and with the ability to go into the world and make a direct impact on New Orleans culture, politics, economics, and social justice.

School Oath: We believe that education is freedom and that every child in New Orleans deserves an excellent school. We teach the most amazing kids in the world and it is an honor to serve them. We promise to believe in every child as our own, never doubting their strength. With love for our students, we will be the hardest working school in New Orleans, giving everything we can and never giving up. We vow to learn as much as we teach, becoming stronger everyday by embracing the challenges we face. We know the journey is infinite. We will celebrate our accomplishments, overcome the barriers, and keep ourselves centered in our love for our kids and the strength of our team. We will laugh, smile, sing, dance, and have fun. We will never complain or speak badly of our school, our team, our families, or our kids. We will be fueled by our faith in the better tomorrow that we are building together. All of us, all the time, all the way. WE BELIEVE.

School Pillars (derived from oath): We believe education is freedom. We believe in every single child. We believe in doing everything in the best interest of children. We believe in the power of challenges – and the joy of overcoming them. We believe in joy and decide to have fun every day. We believe in each other.

School Values: Be persistent. Be responsible. Be optimistic. Be united. Be daring. Be proud.

Persistent (Perseverance)
Responsibility
Optimism (Joy)
Unity (Community)
Daring (Courage)
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
KBCP‘s school day is from 7:25 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, excluding Wednesdays when the time is 7:25 a.m. -1 p.m.
 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURE

 
Walkers and car riders can enter the school building at 7:10 a.m. on the Forshey Street side. At this time, students will be expected to sit in the cafeteria with supervision and read silently until they are dismissed to homeroom. Bus riders are dismissed one bus at a time. Students turn in their packed lunch and any after school equipment in bins before entering the building.

On the way to homeroom, all students pick up breakfast.

Walkers, cars riders and students staying for after school activities are dismissed and escorted outside or to the gym before bus riders are dismissed. Bus riders are dismissed and escorted to their respective busses.

Once students leave the building they are not able to return.

Students that are still waiting for rides at 4:15 p.m. are escorted to the detention room where they will be expected to work silently until their ride arrives.
 

DRESS CODE & UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS

 
Close-toed shoes of any color. These shoes must cover the heel and toes, and may not have heels. A student’s pant leg must cover the shoe. Any student enrolled in Fitness must have appropriate athletic shoes daily.
 
Any solid-colored, socks are acceptable. Socks may not have any words, pictures or symbols that are inappropriate for school on them.
 
Khaki pants, shorts or skirts (shorts and skirts must be within 2-inches of the knees) that do not have holes, rips, patches, or designs.
A solid color blue, black, or khaki belt with no designs or large buckles. (No studs, etc. It should be plain.)
 
Ladies may wear grey, white, navy blue, or black solid colored tights or stockings. They may not wear leggings.
 
The navy blue KIPP Believe polo must be worn, tucked in with the bottom button buttoned at all times in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. 8th graders may also choose form the gold KIPP Believe polo.
 
Ladies may also choose from the light blue KIPP Believe blouse (button down, Peter Pan style) with an optional navy blue tie. This shirt must also remain tucked in with all but one button buttoned.
 
Believers who attended KIPP Believe Primary are also welcome to wear the KBP uniform dress at KIPP Believe College Prep, however, KBP T-shirts may only be worn on Friday.
 
Purses or backpacks of any size are not allowed.
 
Ladies may bring a small pouch or pencil case to hold any personal hygiene supplies. This can also be purchased at the school store.
 
Undershirts, including long sleeve shirts, should be solid grey, white, navy blue, or black.
 
Students may choose between the navy blue KIPP Believe sweatshirt or navy blue KIPP Believe cardigan.
 
A Blue or Gold (8th grade) polo must be worn and tucked underneath
 
Non-school hooded sweatshirts are not allowed, including underneath the school shirts or around the waist (unless otherwise earned through school based incentives).
 
Students may not wear make-up or colored lipstick. Clear Chap Stick or lip gloss is the only acceptable exception.
 
One necklace may be worn but must be tucked into the school shirt or sweatshirt at all times.
 
Students may not wear any accessories clipped to their belts (watches, stuffed animals, key chains, etc.).
 
Hair accessories should not be visible. (Ex: combs, picks, sponges, etc.)
 
No hats or bandannas or bandana-print (paisley) headbands are allowed.
 
If any accessory, including nails, hair color, jewelry, etc. becomes a distraction to the individual or the learning environment, the school reserves the right to request that the student or family remove the accessory in the moment or create a plan with the family to fix.
For females, earrings must be the size of a quarter or smaller. For males, earrings must be studs.
 
Students may be able to wear earned KIPP shirts/hoodies daily, with their khaki bottoms. (Ex. Millionaire hoodie, volleyball shirt/jersey, Straight Outta Believe shirt, etc)
 
On Fridays, students may wear a KIPP Believe T-shirt or college T-shirt, or sweatshirt (including hooded) on Fridays.
 
Jeans can only be worn on Fridays when approved by the school or grade level team. When jeans are worn, they may be blue only and not have any holes, rips, or patches with designs. Jeans must be worn on waist with a belt with appropriate fit and absent of any holes or rips.
 
Fixable dress code violations will result in paycheck deductions and cause students to lose various Believe privileges. If a student has a situation where they cannot be in dress code, they need to call teachers in advance to look for solutions. Thank you again for all your support in helping our school run smoothly.
 

ACADEMICS

 
KIPP Believe College Prep has a student-centered, constructivist approach to instruction. In each block of the day, Believers are pushed to solve problems independently or with peers and are given ample work time to practice skills on their own level.

The Visual Arts program offers students comprehensive art experiences with detailed explorations in the classics such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and crafts. In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency working with a variety of mediums, students will learn about the history, analysis, and interpretation of art. The goal of art education is the development of these areas: making art (art production); responding to and making judgments about the properties and qualities that exist in visual forms (art criticism); acquiring knowledge about the contributions artists and art make to culture and society (art history); understanding the nature, meaning, and value of art (aesthetics).

The Fitness curriculum focuses on improving physical health, fitness and wellbeing. In fitness class, students learn how to take care of and maintain their body for happy healthy lives.

The History curriculum asks students to answer the question “who tells your story?” Students use the skills of primary and secondary source analysis to “do history” by making meaning of events and perspectives ranging from the societies of ancient Egypt up through Louisiana and the United States today. Students examine different points of view of events and decisions, look at the treatment and resistance of oppressed groups, and develop the reading, writing, discussion, and most importantly thinking skills to be the change they wish to see in the world.

Life class focuses on character development and building skills that students need, in addition to academic skills, to lead them to and through college and expanded opportunities. In 5th and 6th grade, students learn how to maintain a positive self-image and how to navigate relationships with their peers to build and maintain a strong community. In 7th grade, students transitioned into learning about puberty, handling peer pressure and how to make healthy decisions regarding drugs and sex. By 8th grade, students are examining systems of oppression, evaluating the complexities of current events related to race and class and identifying their role in dismantling structures of oppression.

We have a balanced approach to Literacy instruction. Our instruction endeavors to embody rigor and joy, provides for modeling and independent application, and attends to foundational skills to accelerate reading growth while developing the mindset, habits, and skills to be college-ready analytical readers, thinkers, and writers. It includes six key components: Close Reading and Responding, Writing, Grammar, Independent Reading, Guided Reading, and Word and Language Study. Recognizing the need to engage students in more meaningful, aligned practice with standards-based skills, KNOS is adopting KIPP Wheatley. KIPP Wheatley is a comprehensive literacy program designed to help students meet Common Core State Standards for reading, writing, and language.

Our Math curriculum is built on the fundamental premise that all of our students are capable of rigorous mathematical thinking. A strong foundation in mathematics is essential to navigating our increasingly complex world because it develops the reasoning and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in both higher-level math and any career sector. Our content structures and curriculum must reflect our focus of developing mathematicians who are not only proficient in content skills, but are also able to reason, justify, and solve complex problems. This will be achieved through a mathematics program that balances procedurals skills, concepts, and applications with instructional practices that emphasize explanation, justification, and number sense. From the first day of Kindergarten to the first day of college, we strive to foster inquisitive mathematicians who find joy in tackling and solving challenging mathematical tasks.

The mission of the Music program is to support and redefine music education in New Orleans, through offering a comprehensive and diverse music education experience to our city’s children. The quality, depth and breadth of the programming ensures that New Orleans’ rich musical heritage not only continues, but more importantly, advances to new and greater heights. The Instrumental music program uses a comprehensive curriculum that adheres to MENC National standards and serves students, grades 5-8 in the Greater New Orleans Area. This approach guides students from all levels through the use of effective effort, targeted instruction and innovative techniques to: Integrate reading into music to enhance accuracy, rate, expression and comprehension; Apply reading strategies to decode songs and similarly use music performance techniques to enhance reading fluency; Encompass diverse styles of music performance to gain an appreciation of the historical significance and theoretical techniques in many styles of music; Gain a working knowledge of music fundamentals that include musicianship, sight-reading, improvisation and ear training; Celebrate the historical significance of music in the past, present and the future through engaging the global community in workshops where students and guest artists exchange musical ideas to understand the cultural relevance of music styles; Give students opportunities to perform and compete in local and National music festivals designed to measure ensembles against the National standards for music education in both the classical and Jazz traditions.

Our Reading and Math Intervention team uses data-informed grouping to meet each student where they are. Our team uses Leveled Literacy Intervention (Reading), Corrective Reading (Reading), and an array of blended learning resources (math) during lab instruction to supplement lessons in class. In order to serve all Believers at different ability levels, we strategically group scholars to target the needed skills and monitor their growth. We seek to ensure all students receive individualized instruction.

The purpose of the Math Intervention lab is to allow all students, with the exception of functional/life skills students, access to the regular curriculum with the support they need to be successful. Math intervention is an extension of the regular grade level course that provides students who need it additional focused instruction and support at the needed level of intensity. No student should be placed in math intervention if they are not also enrolled in the corresponding grade level math course. That is, no student should be enrolled in math intervention as their sole math course. Because math intervention lab is an extension of the regular math course and is intended to support student mastery of the regular objectives, math intervention lab is to be graded on an "individual" basis and will be graded on the school wide grading system.

Science instruction will focus on science concepts and the integration of engineering practices. Students will build strong foundations in the concepts of science and the practices of doing science to solve problems. Students will perform quarterly projects or labs that seek to have students apply science to relevant problem

The Student Support Team of KIPP Believe is committed to building a team of service providers that meet the individual needs of students under special circumstances. Our services include, but are not limited to, individualize interventions, inclusion support, resource-subject specific courses, a self-contained class for students with higher behavioral need, speech therapy, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, counseling, medical management, and social/emotional skill building. As we learn and grow, we will continue to expand our services, but our current program will make accommodations for any student!

We seek to maintain high expectations while modifying instruction and providing accommodations. Our team sees the “whole student” and builds solutions that will increase the students’ independence and further develop life options. We are a growing team that values the development, support and collaboration of families, community members and experts with efforts to consistently increase our effectiveness towards meeting the needs of our vastly growing population of students with unique needs.

At KBCP, every child gets what they need to be successful every day.
 

GRADING SYSTEM

Students will receive grades for each of their core classes (Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Enrichment, and Intervention).

A = 90-100% = Student is excelling in that subject matter = 4.0 on GPA scale

B = 80-89% = Student is mastering in that subject matter = 3.0 on GPA scale

C = 70-79% = Student is performing at an average level in that subject matter = 2.0 on GPA Scale

D = 60-69% = Student is comprehending only the basics in that subject matter = 1.0 on GPA Scale

F = Below 59% = Student is not meeting requirements in that subject matter = 0.0 on GPA Scale

WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS
Parents will receive weekly academic progress reports from the school include all current grades in all classes. The progress report is part of their weekly paycheck, which reveals the students’ strengths and areas of growth regarding behavior/habits. Students are expected to get the paycheck signed weekly to verify that their parent has reviewed their progress!

The progress report is not part of the student’s formal academic record. These grades ARE NOT FINAL until the end of the quarter. At the end of each quarter, students will receive a final grade from their teacher on their quarterly report card.

SUMMER SCHOOL/RETENTION
KIPP New Orleans Schools provides a yearly regional summer school program for grades 3-8 for students not meeting academic or attendance expectations during the school year. A student who meets any of the following qualifications may be held back to repeat the same grade, sent to summer school, provided additional summer work, or a combination of these options.

A student's participation in the summer program and/or retention is determined by the student's home school according to the following criteria:
 
Academic Performance: When academic performance of student does not indicate readiness for promotion. (Only needs to meet 1 criteria for qualification)
  • Earns below a 70% average in English or Math
  • Earns below a 70% average in the majority of other classes for the academic year
  • Attendance: When truancy has been reported or attendance has had a significant impact on academic performance, meaning: (Only needs to meet 1 criteria for qualification)
  • 10 or more days absent (unexcused)
  • Does not meet academic performance expectations due to loss of instructional time
 
LEXILE READING LEVELS
The Lexile reading test is administered five times each year to measure a student’s reading level and progress. In order to be college-ready, all KBCP students should aim to read on grade-level by the 8th grade. Students should not read books more than 50 points above of 50 points below their Lexile level. Reading books too low or too high will not help a student improve in their reading. Your student’s current Lexile level and equivalent grade-level will be posted on their learner profile each quarter.

How can you support your student's reading progress at home?

There are a number of things that you can do at home to help support your student’s reading progress. Here are some suggestions:
  • Set a goal for your student to read with you or independently for about 30 minutes a day.
  • Help your student find books that are at an appropriate reading level (no more than 50 points above or below level)
  • Make connections between your student’s interests and books to read. For example, if Keith likes animals, try to locate books on animals, both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Try to spend time every day with Keith looking through “nonbook” reading materials, such as websites, pieces of mail, advertisements, and food labels, to demonstrate how important a part reading plays in daily life.
  • Consider sharing with Keith the kinds of things you are reading. Tell Keith about interesting things you read in the newspaper, or about a magazine article that taught you something new.
 
STANDARDIZED TESTING
 
KIPP Believe College Prep administers the following standardized tests that are required by KIPP, state, and/or federal law during one school year:

Measures of Academic Progress Exam (MAP): MAP Testing is used to establish how much growth each child has learned in one year’s time in comparison with other students across the country in all content areas. The MAP test is administered in the fall, winter, and spring of each year and is a great predictor for ACT scores.
 
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP/iLEAP): All public schools in the state of Louisiana must give the LEAP or iLEAP test. The LEAP/iLEAP test is administered to all 5th through 8th graders for Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.

Throughout the school year, KIPP Believe College Prep administers tests to monitor student progress toward their end of year goals. These interim tests are an excellent indicator of how your student will perform on the LEAP tests.

HOMEWORK POLICY

For our students to reach their full academic potential they must build excellent study habits. The purpose of our daily homework is to give students extended practice of the skills they are learning in school, while teaching the academic responsibility needed to succeed through high school and college.

Students will have approximately an hour and a half of homework per night. They will come home with assignments written down in their agenda from History, Science, Math and English class, most nights. Homework assignments will be numbered. For example, the first homework assignment for each content class will be #1.
 
It is the responsibility of the student and parent to check through homework every night and ensure that it is completed, along with the agenda signed.
 
We are revising our homework system to ensure we are assigning purposeful work and to increase student accountability. Ultimately, completing high quality homework and turning it in consistently results in a solid homework grade. Teachers will collect homework in content classes daily. Students will receive at least two homework grades a week. One grade will be a completion grade. Each day, teachers will track if the homework assignment was completed. At the end of the week, the student receives a completion grade to be entered into the grade book. 100%-5 assignments, 80%-4 assignments, 60%-3 assignments, 40%- 2 assignments, 20%-1 assignment, 0-no assignments.
 
In homeroom, students that have missing assignments will earn a paycheck deduction for not having completed homework, in addition to losing credit for their weekly homework participation grade in their content classes.
 
Students will not be able to turn in assignments for credit late, unless they are absent or the teacher has made a special arrangement with the student and parents. If a student is absent, the teacher will note the absence on the homework assignment tracker. It will be the responsibility of the student to get copies of the homework that they were missed while absent and turn the assignments in on the following school day. If the student fails to turn in the missing homework assignment on the following school day, it will result in the loss of credit for their weekly homework participation grade.
 
Each teacher will have an adequate amount of extra homework copies in the classroom in a designated area. Copies of the night’s homework can also be found in the main office.
 
Students will also get at least one grade each week for the quality of a homework assignment in which the teacher grades the assignment for accuracy and the student’s ability to meet the criteria for success.
 
Students will have time to start on their homework daily in afternoon homeroom and sometimes at the end of class.
 
Completing homework is the shared responsibility of students and parents. When students are resisting studying, families are responsible for solving challenges that the student has in completing assignments. Families are encouraged to reach out to the school for help if the homework seems too long, too difficult, or for help in getting students to prioritize schoolwork at home.
 
Students struggling to complete an assignment or with a family emergency may call their teachers up until 7 p.m. to ask for help or for an extension on the work. Extensions are only granted for emergencies, not for misunderstanding work, or forgetting/losing assignments.
Thank you for your support in ensuring all homework is completed brilliantly.
 

CELL PHONE POLICY

 
Students may bring cell phones to school but must keep them on their person turned off and out of sight until the end of the school day. KNOS is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen cell phones.

1st offense-the parent must come to pick up the phone from the Dean of Students; 2nd offense- the parent must attend a parent conference and the student will be required to turn in their phone to the Dean of Students for 3 days; 3rd offense – the student’s phone will be confiscated and held for the remainder of the school year.

If a student is caught recording a fight or inappropriate material at school or on the bus, it will be treated as a third offense, and the student will lose phone privileges for the remainder of the school year.
 

LIBRARY BOOKS AND FEES

Our school values reading. Students are expected to have an independent reading book checked out at all times. This book can be used for light reading after completion of class assignments and for English homework in many cases. Students can check out books in English and Reading class and from the library. Students are expected to return books according to their due dates. Lost/damaged books will have to be paid for before receiving school documentation, such as report cards and test scores. Parents will be notified of book fees at parent conferences and through notices sent home by teachers.
 

COMPUTER USAGE

 
Computers are used to support learning and enhance instruction. Students will use computers daily in our classrooms. They will also have access to the Internet. All of these computer privileges depend on a student being able to use the technology in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner.

All students will be given their own Google email @kippstudent.org. This will help them access all their digital files and log on to their Chromebook.
 

Technology Fee

 
Supplying our school with technology is a huge expense and students must feel responsible in taking care of our school’s computers. In order to utilize KBCP technology, all students must pay a $75 technology fee payable at the front office by August 18. Fees may be paid at Parent Orientation or in the front office days prior to the due date.
 

Computer Rules

 
A student may not:
  • Use the Internet for any illegal purpose;
  • Use profane, obscene, impolite, or abusive language;
  • Change computer files that do not belong to the user;
  • Violate someone else’s privacy; or
  • Share his or her password with anyone.
 
Unacceptable use of the Internet will result in immediate revocation of access privileges and behavioral consequence (detention/suspension). A student will not be allowed to access the Internet or email until the student and a parent or guardian has signed the KIPP Believe College Prep Policy on Internet Access.
 

Intentional Technology Damage

Casual wear-and-tear is expected on KIPP computers; however, any damaged materials comes our of our budget. Broken computers equal fewer fun field trips. In the case that a student intentionally breaks a computer, they are fully liable for the computer.

Examples of intentional breakage:
  • Throwing a computer
  • Slamming a computer screen shut
  • Slamming a computer on a desk when putting it down
  • Plucking keys off a computer
  • Hitting someone’s computer out of their hands
 
Repair costs:
  • Broken key = $10
  • Broken screen = $60
  • Replacement computer = $180
 

SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM

 
KIPP New Orleans Schools is committed to using positive behavior supports and effective tools, strategies and incentives to ensure a safe and orderly school environment and a caring school culture.

In accordance with Louisiana’s mandate for the implementation of a School Master Plan for Discipline, KNOS’ school-based leadership teams monitor discipline incidents and referrals by month, time, location, student, grade level and type of incident.
 

PAYCHECKS

 
Every Friday, your child will receive a KIPP Believe College Prep paycheck, which reports their weekly habits progress and weekly grades in each subject. Each child will begin the week with $50, and parents can see their child’s deductions (negative behaviors) or bonuses (positive behaviors) and the dollar amount associated with each, in addition to any notes or comments added by their teachers.

A healthy paycheck will range from $50-75+. Your student should aim to have a $50 paycheck or above each week.

Please review the paycheck with your child each Friday and then return the signed paycheck to school with your child the next school day. Your child’s weekly paycheck average will determine their participation in school extracurricular activities including Harambe, Team & Family Trips, sports and afterschool programming.

The paycheck also includes relevant reminders and announcements about upcoming events, special activities and planned shifts regarding school dismissal. Sometimes, there are flyers attached to the paycheck, and other times, there are documents that require completion and to be returned with the paycheck on Monday morning, such as parent conference schedule forms.
 

Bonuses and Deductions

 
Students earn bonuses and deductions on their paycheck for a range of behaviors. The bonuses and deductions are given by teachers and school leaders and range from +/- $2 to +/-$10.

Examples of Bonuses and Deductions

Community Examples:
  • Acts of Kindness
  • Leaving a place better than you found it
  • Showing GRATITUDE to a teacher/teammate - Messiness with a teammate
  • Reacting inappropriately to a teammate/adult
 
Pride:
  • Class participation
  • Showing PRIDE in work (neatness) - Incomplete class work
  • Uniform Violation
 

Incentives

 
The KIPP Believe College Prep Paycheck reflects our desire to reward students for excellent behavior. Below are examples of what students can earn throughout the year based on their paycheck.

Bonuses: Students can earn money on their paycheck from their bonuses. The bonuses are given by teachers and range from +$2 to +$10.
 
School Store: Students are able to purchase cool items and school supplies from the school store during their lunch period. Students must track their weekly paycheck on a ledger that they use to withdraw money to purchase items. Students that don’t keep track of their paycheck dollars on their ledger and who don’t have their ledger present will not be able to benefit from school store. 
 
Harambe: Friday celebrations occur the last 45 minutes of each Friday for students who have earned it, and it allow students the opportunity to engage in fun games and activities, such as kickball, relay races, and ice-cream sundae building. Students earn celebration by having a $50 paycheck average by Friday afternoon. Students that are on bench or have below a $50 paycheck will have a study hall during Harambe.
 
Team and Family Trips: Every 6-9 weeks, our students take a field trip to either enhance a particular educational experience or just to have a blast with their teammates! Students must have a $50 average for the selected weeks to earn the trip. Students that don’t earn the trip stay at school for a study hall and reflection period.
 

CONSEQUENCES

 
We use consequences and a problem-solving approach to help students learn successful behaviors. We work to teach them the appropriate behavior through interventions, consequences and positive behavior support. We recognize that academic success is directly correlated with time on-task in a classroom. Our consequences exist to curb distracting or disruptive behavior that would take instructional time away from students.

Deductions: Students can lose money on their paycheck for small or big behavioral infractions. These deductions lower their paycheck average.
 
Homework Academy: Students who show a pattern of earning study halls consecutively may be scheduled for Homework Academy after school. Homework Academy requires students to stay after school from 4:30-5:30 for multiple days consecutively to make up missed assignments.

DETENTION
 
Two types of detention may be scheduled for a student.

Lunch Detention: During this time, student will silently complete homework and reflect on why their behavior needs improvement. If a student does not complete lunch detention correctly, they will be assigned an afterschool detention.
Afterschool Detention
Earning Detention: Students earn after school detention for having multiple infractions in one day, being on bench and failing to have a clean day or not having a successful lunch detention. Teachers and administrators can schedule detentions.

Serving Detention: Detention is held from 4-5 p.m.Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and Friday in a grade level teacher’s classroom.

Rides: If a student earns detention, it is the responsibility of the student’s family to arrange transportation home from detention. If a schedule conflict arises, the detention can be scheduled for the following day.

** STUDENTS WHO EARN AFTERSCHOOL DETENTION MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT DAY!

Expectations for Detention
  • Students begin working immediately upon arrival in detention.
  • Students serve detention in silence unless otherwise specified.
  • Students are expected to complete a reflective activity, read, do schoolwork and/or do approved community service around the school (such as cleaning or other chores).
  • Students must refrain from any communication, including passing notes.
  • Students must bring all necessary work materials to detention.
 
OTHER CONSEQUENCES
This list is not exhaustive and the school may add additional responses as necessary.
 
  • Contact and/or conference with parent/guardian.
  • Daily Trackers (check-in/check-out)
  • Reflective activity
  • Loss of Privilege (field trips, extracurricular activities, sports, celebrations, dances, participation in graduation ceremonies, end of year ceremonies, or any other school sponsored function)
  • Letter of apology/public apologies
  • After-school detention
  • Lunch detention
  • Bus Suspension (see School Bus Conduct)
  • Referral to Mental Health Services for interventions such as individual or group counseling
  • Restorative Justice
  • Conflict mediation (peer mediation)
 

SCHOOL ATHLETICS

 
At KIPP Believe College Prep, we offer the following sports: Dance, Cheerleading, Flag football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball and Baseball. 

It is mandatory that each athlete has completed a physical examination prior to participating in practices and sporting events. If your child has already completed a physical, please provide the coaching staff or medical office with a copy.

A medical provider comes to campus to perform the mandatory physicals on during the first quarter. The fee is $20, and the provider accepts Medicaid and private insurances.
 

SCHOOL CLUBS

 
KIPP Believe College Prep seeks to collaborate with families, educators and community organizations to provide empowering cultural and arts programming and enrichment for all students. Through participation in extracurricular programming, students will be able to develop confidence, overcome trauma, establish a voice and clarify how to use their gifts to be change agents in their communities.

The following clubs will be offered at KBCP pending community support: Chess; Computer Coding; Debate; Drama; Newspaper; Running; Student Council; Spoken Word; Yoga
 

PARENT PRIDE ORGANIZATION

 
KIPP Believe College Prep’s Parent Pride Organization was created to provide support for the entire BELIEVE family, including students and teachers. Please come out and show your support. We will be signing up for volunteers as well as grade level representatives.
 

SNACK POLICY

 
If a student chooses not to eat school lunch, the student may bring in their own meal. This must be eaten during the designated time and not during class as it can cause a distraction from learning. Food in class easily wastes, causes messes, and bugs come!
 
Snacks of any kind are not allowed (noodles, sunflower seeds, chips, candy, milkshakes, coffee, sodas, etc) and will be taken and thrown away along with a paycheck deduction.
 
Any food not meant for lunch will be taken and thrown away.
 
If you eat an outside breakfast, it must be eaten in homeroom.
 
If a parent wants to bring food items for their student’s birthday, this should be pre-arranged with the office and the grade level leader.