KIPP Colorado Schools Stands Up to Support DACA

Posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Kimberlee Sia, Chief Executive Officer of KIPP Colorado Schools, sent the following letter to KIPP Colorado Schools staff following today's announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Dear KIPP Colorado Team and Family,

Today, Attorney General Sessions officially announced the Trump administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which, for the last five years, has provided protection for undocumented immigrants who arrived to the United States at an early age, often referred to as “Dreamers.”

Despite widespread advocacy efforts both locally and nationally to influence the decision, the administration has decided to end the program with a six-month delay to allow a small amount of time for Congress to act legislatively to protect Dreamers. However, starting today, no new initial requests or associated applications will be acted on.

We are deeply distraught by the administration’s decision. Personally, I am saddened and I am angered.

We stand with our students, staff, families, and community, and will do everything we can to protect our Team & Family in the face of intimidation, persecution, and threats of deportation. Our schools, as always, will remain safe and welcoming spaces for all.

At KIPP Colorado, our students, no matter their immigration status, show up to class each day to work hard toward the goal of graduating from college and leading a life filled with choice and opportunity. Ensuring that they have access to a high quality public education free from fear of being separated from their families and friends is not only in the best interest of our country, it is also the right thing to do.

We are calling on our elected officials in Congress to act urgently to pass legislation that would create a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers in our community. We are voicing our strong support for the bipartisan DREAM Act, and we urge our lawmakers to commit their support to this important legislation as well.

I am amazed at the tremendous accomplishments I see from our students and alumni each day and the contributions they make in the classroom and community, often in the face of adversity. Their drive to succeed in school and beyond is an endless source of inspiration for me. I know we are best as a nation and as a community when we are united toward creating a brighter future for all. At KIPP Colorado Schools, we will always fight for policies that unite and strengthen our communities, and against those policies that seek to divide and undermine.

Ours is a nation of opportunities, and we will continue to do everything we can to help all our students reach those opportunities and achieve success in college and in life.

One mountain,

Kimberlee Sia
Chief Executive Officer
KIPP Colorado Schools


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Educa Radio Interviews KIPP Through College Team

Posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On Monday, Victor Zamora, Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP Colorado Schools, and Hassan Casanova, College Counselor at KIPP Colorado Schools, sat down with the team at Educa Radio to talk about how KIPP Colorado is helping its students and alumni not only get accepted to college, but also persist and graduate from college. Click below to hear the whole interview in Spanish. 

El Lunes, Victor Zamora, Director de KIPP Through College en KIPP Colorado Schools, y Hassan Casanova, College Counselor en KIPP Colorado Schools, se sentaron con el equipo de Educa Radio para hablar sobre como KIPP Colorado está apoyando sus estudiantes y alumnos no solamente ser aceptado a la universidad, pero también graduar de la universidad. Haz clic abajo para escuchar toda la entrevista en español. 

Click here to listen | Haz clic aquí para escucharlo



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KIPP Colorado Principal Joins call for End of Suspensions for Young Students

Posted Monday, June 19, 2017

Elementary students gather around an instructor.
Elementary students gather around an instructor.

Lindsey Lorehn, School Leader at KIPP Northeast Elementary, joined five other Denver principals calling for an end to suspensions for students in third grade and younger in an op-ed that appeared in Education Post. Citing the growing research that suspensions, even at a young age, can lead to academic failure and negative attitudes toward school, the principals applauded the work that Denver Public Schools is doing to reduce suspensions, and urged the state legislature to follow suit.

Joining Ms. Lorehn to co-author the piece are Jennifer Reese, Principal of Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest; Alexa Mason, Principal of STRIVE Prep Ruby Hill; Sara Gips Goodall, Principal of McGlone Academy; Jennifer Jackson, Principal of Cole Arts & Science Academy; and Alex Magaña, Executive Principal of Grant Beacon Middle School.

Click here to read the full piece at Education Post. 


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New Campus, New Names for Two KIPP Colorado Schools in Far Northeast Denver

Posted Thursday, June 15, 2017

For the 2017-18 school year, KIPP Montbello Elementary and KIPP Montbello College Prep will move into a brand new shared campus in Green Valley Ranch. The move will provide a bright, vibrant learning environment for students, as well as a single, convenient location for parents who drop off and pick up students at both schools. 

With the move to the new campus, both schools will update their names and logos. KIPP Montbello Elementary will become KIPP Northeast Elementary, and KIPP Montbello College Prep will become KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School. 

“The new names for our Far Northeast elementary and middle schools reflect the broad and diverse community from which our students and families come to KIPP Colorado,” said Kimberlee Sia, KIPP Colorado Schools Chief Executive Officer. “We have proudly called the Montbello community home since KIPP Montbello College Prep opened in 2011, and our schools will continue to provide a high quality public education choice for families in Montbello and throughout Far Northeast Denver.”

The new names will also align with KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, the KIPP Colorado high school in Far Northeast Denver that opened in 2015. As our high school and elementary school continue to add grades until full enrollment, KIPP Colorado Schools will provide a strong pre-k to college continuum for families in Far Northeast Denver. 

One thing that will not change for the upcoming school year is KIPP Colorado Schools’ mission to equip our students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. 

We’re already looking forward to the 2017-18 school year!


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KIPP Colorado Schools Welcomes Stephani Olson to the KIPP Colorado Team and Family

Posted Friday, June 09, 2017

The 2016-17 school year may have just ended, but we’re already looking forward to some exciting developments for the 2017-18 school year at KIPP Colorado Schools!

In Far Northeast Denver, KIPP Montbello Elementary and KIPP Montbello College Prep will move from their current locations to a brand new shared building at 4635 Walden Street in Denver. With the new campus, the schools will also change their names to KIPP Northeast Elementary and KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School to reflect the broad community from where our students come. 

At KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, Stephani Olson will take the helm as school leader for the 2017-18 school year.  We are excited to introduce Ms. Olson to the KIPP Colorado Schools community!

Ms. Olson comes to KNDMS from Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise, Arizona, where she spent the last 10 years as Principal. 

Her interest in education came about well before she ever started teaching. The daughter of a teacher and single mother, Ms. Olson grew up around schools and in after-school programs. To her, school felt like another home. 

Her teachers continued to inspire her love of learning throughout her education. Ms. Olson credits Mrs. Woodruff—her 3rd and 4th grade teacher—for sparking her love of reading when she gave Ms. Olson a copy of the Chronicles of Narnia to take home. The story was so captivating that she forced herself to become a better reader, and to this day is never without a good book.

At Grand Canyon University, Ms. Olson earned a liberal arts degree, while working as a professional flamenco dancer. She continues to love to dance, and is a certified Zumba instructor (we have a feeling school dances just got a lot more fun). 

In making the decision to join the KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School team and family, Ms. Olson says she was drawn to KIPP’s culture of continually innovating to promote student achievement and our commitment to a rigorous academic curriculum while fostering joy and excitement in the classroom. 

Looking forward to the coming year, she is especially excited for the diverse and dynamic team that she will be leading at KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, and getting to know students and families. 

Asked what KNDMS students and families should know about her, Ms. Olson says, “I love to laugh! I love to truly hear people's stories and their hopes for the future.”

We are excited for the future and so thrilled that Ms. Olson will be leading KNDMS starting this fall. 

Welcome, Ms. Olson!



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