About KIPP Durham College Prep School
Founded in 2015, KIPP Durham Middle School 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 Durham.
At KIPP Durham Middle, we believe education is the most powerful weapon there is to create social change, and that our students’ unique experiences and diverse perspectives will inspire them to become active citizens passionate about closing the achievement gap and advocating for social justice for all. We believe that students deserve relevant, rigorous curricula that will ensure that they are able to compete globally.
KIPP Durham Middle is an academically rigorous, college preparatory program working to prepare all students with the academic, intellectual, and character skills that will enable them to achieve unparalleled success through their high school career, college years, and in a competitive world beyond. KIPP Durham Middle’s success is built on high expectations, extended hours, innovative teaching methods, expanded academic opportunities, and above all, the unwavering commitment of students, families, and teachers.
Mr. Muhammad began his journey in education nearly twenty-five years ago, serving as a teacher with the Youth Enrichment Program in Wilson, NC, and prior to joining KIPP Durham, he was a Leader on Assignment with National Heritage Academies, serving as the interim principal of Andrew J. Brown Academy in Indianapolis. He was principal of Research Triangle Charter Academy from 2015 to 2020, then the founding Principal of Summit Creek Academy in Greensboro. He also spent five years with KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools as a teacher, Dean, and Co-Principal and nearly six years as a Social Studies, ELA, and Math teacher in North Carolina for various school systems and charter schools where he impacted students with his leadership development sessions and male mentoring programs.
He earned his B.A. in History from Fayetteville State University where he matriculated on a full four-year Chancellor’s Academic Scholarship and graduated Cum Laude. He received his Middle Grades Social Studies Teaching Certification from North Carolina Central University on a full two-year Leave No Teacher Behind Scholarship. He is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Education. He is a graduate of KIPP’s School Leadership Program (2012) and a graduate of National Heritage Academies’ School Leadership Academy (2014).
From the projects to the principal's office, Wayne Muhammad's life is a testament to grit, determination, hard work, and the power of community in helping young black men achieve their goals and fulfill their potential.
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 Durham.
- All instruction is geared towards preparing students for college, career, and beyond
- Character development is integrated into all curricula
- Students at KIPP Durham Middle 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 Durham Middle, 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.
KIPP Durham Middle has clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students’ backgrounds or demography. Students, families, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.
Choice & Commitment
Students, their families, and the faculty of KIPP Durham Middle choose to participate in our program. No one is assigned or forced to attend our school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
KIPP Durham Middle staff knows that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and in life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools, colleges, and careers, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
Power of Leadership
The school's leadership team is made up of effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They support the school's personnel. They are free to make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
Focus on Results
KIPP Durham Middle relentlessly focuses on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation’s best high schools and colleges and in the best careers for each graduate.
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