A TEACHER'S PERSPECTIVE
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a school focused on academics and J(oy)-Factor? A place where joy is intentionally infused in every aspect of the school’s fabric? At KIPP Houston High School, this magical place is coming into existence. Here we believe that the recipe for excellent classrooms consists of knowledgeable adults, a laser focus on classroom culture, and a passion for the development of self and others. With this framework, KHHS is moving forward with our pursuit to get every student to and through college. We know we are the penultimate stop on our students’ journey and recognize that the challenges they will face, in the present and future, are best tackled as a team and family. This is what it is like to work in a J-Factory.
- Kim Clark, KHHS Teacher
KIPP Houston High School has a vibrant and eclectic life outside of the classroom. Students can participate in co-curricular programs, including academic field lessons throughout the year and enrichment opportunities during their Summer of Learning (SOL), a program requiring all KHHS students to spend 100 hours each summer in an internship, camp/travel experience, academic program, leadership training, or any combination of these activities. Spirit Teams aligned with the KHHS colors, Onyx, Sterling, and Vermillion, are made up of a mix of staff and students across the grade levels, and convene for friendly school-wide competitions and community-building activities. Student-athletes have access to a variety of Junior Varsity and Varsity sports teams, including Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Track, Volleyball, and the Elite and KIPP Krew Dance Teams. There are more than 30 student extracurricular activities, including Rice University’s DREAM Program, Woods Project Club, and Ignite!, a politics club for young women.
CURRICULUM & GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
KHHS offers a dynamic college-preparatory education and support systems that encourage student achievement, maturation, and independence. On average, KHHS classes have less than 25 students, and team and discussion-based learning methods are the norm. All teachers utilize technology to support and enhance their lessons, and each classroom is equipped with a Promethean Board. All KHHS students strive to complete the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) according to State of Texas Graduation Requirements and KHHS Standards. For graduation, students are required to take four years of English, History, Math, and Science, along with various elective courses for a total of at least 26.5 credits. Each student must also gain admission to a four-year college or university in order to graduate.