About KIPP Pride High School
Founded in 2005, KIPP Gaston Pride High is a free, non-profit, high-performing, college-preparatory public charter school providing an academically rigorous and joyous school experience to 9-12 Grade students in Gaston.
Our high school students are prepared not only to succeed at the colleges of their choice, but, more importantly, are supported to use their knowledge, skills, and character to strengthen their communities and fight against injustices. While our students enter our building to learn, they exit prepared to serve and lead.
We choose our high school motto, “Non scholae sed vitae discimus” (which translates to “We learn not for school, but for life”) because we expect all of our graduates to achieve a level of social and behavioral maturity in addition to excellent academic performance.
Developing independence and critical thinking skills, exploring talents and interests, deciding on a career path, and pursuing additional schooling are just some of the challenges that we help students to face. We guide and nurture students by promoting excellence in all aspects of school life, valuing and respecting the diversity of our school community, and addressing the needs and goals of all students.
Ms. Jenkins is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and a graduate of North Carolina State University. Jenkins holds BA degrees in political science and history and MA degrees in multicultural education and school administration.
Jenkins began her educational journey in 2010 as a middle school social studies teacher in Philadelphia, PA. She served as a high school social studies teacher for Mastery Charter Schools for two years. Ms. Jenkins returned to North Carolina in 2013 and served in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as a high school social studies teacher, where she was selected to be a district lead teacher. Jenkins’s leadership journey began in 2015, when she was selected to be a North Carolina Principal Fellow. She completed a principal internship in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 2016. Since 2017, she has served as an instructional coach and administrator in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Most recently, she was selected as her school’s assistant principal of the year and was nominated for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School’s core awards.
She aspires to fulfill KIPP NC’s mission to ensure that every scholar who leaves KIPP Pride High has the necessary skills to be college- and career- ready so they can pursue their dreams, lead fulfilling lives, and fight for social justice.
Located in Gaston, KIPP NC’s high school serves the students and families of eastern North Carolina. For the past decade and a half, Pride High has launched hundreds of students’ trajectories to college and career. Unique among all high schools in the area, Pride High prepares ALL our students for college and career, not just some. There are no special applications to fill out for entry, there are no special GPAs you have to have to apply.
At Pride High, we believe in each and every student and the life potential each of them holds that we must help ignite. Every aspect of Pride High is designed to cultivate the skills, mindsets, and knowledge students need to successfully navigate the demands of college and career.
Latest census data show that, because of Pride High, the percentage of area residents holding bachelor’s degrees has doubled over the past decade. (You can read more about us here.)
Pride High is accredited by AdvancED and offers a comprehensive college preparatory course of study, including AP coursework across all content areas and opportunities to enroll in dual enrollment at Halifax Community College.
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