About KIPP Academy Charlotte
Founded in 2007, KIPP Academy Charlotte is a free, non-profit, high-performing, college-preparatory public charter school providing an academically rigorous and joyous school experience to 5-8 Grade students in Charlotte.
At KIPP Academy Charlotte, we commit to developing the whole child through culturally responsive teaching that cultivates confidence and a positive self-identity. We believe that self-efficacy leads to creativity, risk-taking, and critical thinking. Students believe they can grow their character and intellect. These skills will provide our students the opportunity to make a profound impact in their community and the world at large.
Dr. Stacy Shepard
Dr. Shepard is a native of Goldsboro, NC, and a graduate of North Carolina Central University (BA, English). In 2007, Dr. Shepard began her teaching career as a 6-8 grade Language Arts teacher at Goldsboro Intermediate School and Dillard Middle School. Dr. Shepard was named Beginning Teacher of the Year in 2008. Upon leaving the classroom, Dr. Shepard served as a district coach with Wayne County Public Schools, where she supported beginning teachers through the first three years of their teaching career. In 2014, Dr. Shepard earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration from Capella University.
Over the course of her career, she has served in many capacities as a district coach, academic facilitator, testing coordinator, and dean of students with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools before joining KIPP in 2019 as an assistant principal. Dr. Shepard aspires to create a partnership with families to help scholars be college and career ready and to ultimately lead choice-filled lives.
Highly literate and articulate students will identify a need and actively take part in their democracy to meet that need. Middle school students will apply their skills and character to model and make changes in their communities. We will produce the most well-rounded people in Charlotte.
- All instruction is geared towards preparing students for college, career, and beyond
- Character development is integrated into all curricula
- Students at KIPP Academy Charlotte receive more instruction time than their peers at district and private schools
- Teachers are available by cell phone after school for homework help
- Students are held accountable for behavior as well as academic success
At KIPP Academy Charlotte, we believe that there are no shortcuts to academic success. Outstanding educators, more time in school learning, rigorous college-preparatory curricula, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school, college, and career.
We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic excellence and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.
Success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we encourage them to express their voice to improve the world around them.
Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders
Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We invest in training to help them grow as professionals.
Safe, Structured, Nurturing Environments
Students need physical and emotional safety in order to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide an environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars so that our students love school and maximize their learning.
KIPP Forward counselors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP Forward advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career.
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