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About This School

KIPP Empower Academy is a charter high school in Los Angeles. The principal of KIPP Empower Academy is Mike Kerr, whose e-mail is mkerr@kippla.org. 582 students go to KIPP Empower Academy and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 92% of the 582 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Youth Opportunities Unlimited School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 86% 11%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 12% 73%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Asian 0% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 0% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 75%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    The staff at Kipp Empower are the best! Very resourceful and supportive. During PTO meetings the Teachers are very detailed explaining levels of learning and classroom expectations. An abundance of material is provided to assist with learning needs and challenges. Very pleased!!

  • (4 months ago)

    Teachers that don't care. Still exist. Teachers say they're concern but when it comes down to it the only concern is the funding. The people in the office is more helpful than the teachers. The teachers just keep their heads down. They act more like librarians.

  • (10 months ago)

    This school is staffed with employees that are all about building character as well as educating their students. The children are challenged daily which keep their minds working. The teachers teach their students to be confident and to stay strong in all situations. Lessons like those will stick for a lifetime. This is by far one of the best learning enviroments ive ever seen.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school! A safe and caring environment for my son. They have high standards and will make sure your child reach the goal and more. My son loves KEA his teachers the staff his friends. Great school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been with KIPP since it began and I have mixed feelings. Like most schools some teachers are good some are not great. Not much cultural diversity with students although it has improved. Some teachers are rude pompous and condescending to parents. The school is focused on academics and college prep- LOVE THAT-but some teachers expect the children to act like adults and not children. I love the extended day which allows for extras such as spanish and PE- most schools have done away with the extra curricular activites. There is some lack of communication and outlandish expections for special projects over the weekends. I dislike the school location and have concerns as the school is no longer completely seperated from the regular elementary school. Overall I have seen tremendous academic growth in my child and appreciate that the school is making efforts to provide a more well rounded education.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child have been going to KIPP since it 1rst open. Kindergarten of 09/10. And since then she has been sliding down. She came from Wonderland Angels Academy she was doing great. She could read & do math well. They were teaching her how to sound out each letter and all the different vowel sound. They taught her to count(she went there form 2yrs to Pre-K4yrs) They had a good relationship with all the children and their parents. If the child was having difficulty they would show the parents what and how they are teaching. (THIS) KIPP IS NEW. THE ACADEMIC FOUNDATION IS VERY WEAK. EVERYTHING SEEM TO BE BRIEF THEY BRIEFLY GO OVER VOWEL SOUND BLENDS SOUND MATH IS ONLY 50 MIN. AND THEY GET OUT AT 4 15PM. I GIVE THEM A 2 BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING BUT I DON'T THINK THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR HOW TO TEACH YOUNG KIDS. THEY GIVE THEM ((LOTS)) OF WORK BUT ITS NO GOOD IF THEY CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THEY LEARNED AT SCHOOL. I JUST WISH I WOULD HAVE TOOK HER OUT EARLIER INSTEAD OF TRUSTING (2YRS) THEM AND THEIR METHOD OF TEACHING THINK EVERYTHING WOULD GET BETTER. THE PRINCIPAL(FAKING IT UNTIL HE MAKES IT)IS WORRIED ABOUT THE FIAT OF HIS SCHOOL THEN THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION AT THIS POINT.

  • (2 years ago)

    This will be my son's first year of attendence at KIPP Enpowerment Academy. My husband and I have worked in the education field for numerous years and are very critical of how little is being done to promote education and extra curriculum activities. It is very refeshing to find a Principal who greets every students each morning and also knows them by their name. Moreover the indivdual attention that students get on a daily basis with their teacher's are practically obsolete in other schools. I see the pride in my son's face every morning he wakes up to go to school .

  • (2 years ago)

    KIPP Empower Academy is amazing! I truly appreciate Mr. Kerr Ms. Cinfuegos Mr. Myles Ms. Parasnis and all of the staff who has helped my five year old son reach a first grade reading level before he finished kindergarten. My son went into kindergarten only knowing a few sight words. By the end of the year he knew over 100 sight words. He knows how to write two to four sentences add and subtract and he remembers the rhymes and songs taught. I love how the school ensures a well rounded education and how they make sure they try their hardest that every child learns and succeeds. Thank you all so very much. I am looking forward to what's ahead for 1st grade and the future school years!

  • (3 years ago)

    Simply incredible! After much debate we decided to enroll our child at KIPP Empower Academy for fall 2010. We had no idea how much she would learn in kindergarten. Trust me other elementary programs don't come close. KIPP teachers are essentially "a cut above the rest". Teachers administration and parents work as a team. The curriculum is awesome. The teaching methods used at KIPP are unmatched! Looking forward to the years ahead. Work hard. Be nice. To view a KIPP elementary school in action http //www.kipp.org/index.cfm?furl=/press-center/multimedia-archive/kipp-videos/kipp-video-display/&video_id=1

  • (3 years ago)

    The teaching staff is extremely diverse and a true extension of the student body. They work incredibly hard to help their students on the path to and through college. The parents are extremely supportive and are true partners with the faculty and staff in empowering their children to be the best that they can become. The school is unique in that to achieve its mission of cultivating students who are strong in mind body and spirit they utilize small-group instruction in the four core subject areas reading writing math and science. By utilizing staff in creative ways and by having students rotate onto and off of computers for a few 30-minute blocks each day students receive individualized attention and develop 21st century skills. This is why this school is seen as being on the cutting edge of educational reform.

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