KIPP Sunnyside High School (KSHS) is in its fourth school year serving college-bound 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders from Houston’s Third Ward, Hiram Clarke, and Sunnyside communities. The academic and co-curricular programs at KSHS provide a college preparatory experience that empowers students with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets to go to and through college.
KSHS is committed to the growth and achievement of all students and the development of thoughtful leaders who will advocate for themselves and others. Through rigorous scholarship in a nurturing environment, our graduates are empowered to take ownership of their lives and possess the knowledge, skills, and courage to be successful in college and beyond.
TEAM AND FAMILY
Approximately 431 Senators make up the 9th, 10th ,11th, and 12th grade classes at KSHS. Our students are currently 80% African-American, 19% Hispanic, and 1% other while 76% are classified as economically disadvantaged.
Our staff is made up of a diverse group of 30 professionals from across the country. Each of our teachers work in professional learning communities, by grade level and departments, to identify and support student needs while building strong culture amongst students and staff. Teachers and staff take part in weekly professional development aimed at improving their practice in the classroom for the benefit of their students. Additionally teachers work with colleagues from the other two KIPP High Schools in Houston to align and share best practices as it relates to their subject matter.
Teachers who demonstrate the desire and skills to become leaders beyond their classrooms also have the opportunity to take part in KIPP Foundation’s Teacher Leader and School Leadership programs. In these programs teachers and leaders are exposed to curriculum from Research for Better Teaching and coached on how to implement these research based strategies in their classrooms and their school.
As a school for the liberal arts, KSHS provides a rigorous college preparatory education with an emphasis on reading, writing, and critical thinking. Students receive ongoing support to develop organizational skills and study habits that will enable them to be successful in college and beyond. Students must gain acceptance into a four-year college or university as a high school graduation requirement. Our curriculum features:
- Liberal arts focus
- Texas College and Career Readiness Standards
- Extended school day
- Advanced Placement courses
- STEM designation
- Four years of English, science, mathematics, and social studies
- Community service and outreach
- College counseling program
- Spanish as a foreign language
- Fine Arts (Art , Dance, and Theater Arts)
- Student leadership opportunities
- Summer learning opportunities and internships
- UIL Athletics
- KIPP Through College alumni program
KSHS has three core values which govern our thoughts, words and actions.
- Scholarship: Excellence in scholarship opens a door for future opportunities and increases the ability to help others.
- Courage: Courage is making the right decisions and taking the best course of action regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
- Community: Community means taking individual responsibility for your actions and words for the collective success of your school, family, and neighborhood.