Shawna Mayo

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About KIPP GCP Middle School

Founded in 2001, KIPP Gaston 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 Gaston.

Working together as a family, we know that the success of the individual and the success of the community is tied together in what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as “the fabric of inescapable mutuality.”

Because we work hard, we are proud of our growth and our accomplishments. We believe in bravery because we confront ignorance, racism, abuse, and corruption. We believe in urgency because our kids are in a race where the front-runners have a giant head start. We don’t believe that time is money; we believe the time is a precious opportunity to change lives and cannot be wasted any more than water can be spilled in a desert.

We believe in self-awareness and understand the necessity of modeling what we expect of our students because, as James Baldwin writes, “Children have never listened to adults, but they have never failed to imitate them.” We believe in passion because this is what ignites our fire and sustains our drive. Our passions push us to explore, engage in diverse and exciting activities, ask questions, seek solutions to problems, and set and reach personal goals – not only in school but in life.

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