KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy Named Finalist for The Succeeds Prize

August 15, 2017

KSPA students working to climb the mountain to and through college

KSPA students working to climb the mountain to and through college

KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (KSPA) was named a finalist for The Succeeds Prize award for Transformational Impact in a Middle School today. The Succeeds Prize honors the transformational impact of Colorado’s public schools and educators. Five winners will be announced at a live reveal celebration on Oct. 3, 2017, with cash prizes totaling more than $100,000. 

“We’re thrilled that the KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy Team and Family earned this recognition,” said Michael Kreger, School Leader at KSPA. “Our students, staff, and families are all united around the same goal of climbing the mountain to and through college. Being named a finalist for The Succeeds Prize is a reflection of all the hard work that goes into making that goal a reality.”

The Succeeds Prize is a collaborative effort between 9NEWS and Colorado Succeeds, a non-partisan business coalition focused on education issues. Governor John Hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, Governor Bill Ritter, and Governor Bill Owens will serve as honorary hosts of the inaugural event.

The Succeeds Prize awards are selected by a prestigious group of education, government, and business leaders. Winners in each category will receive a $15,000 cash prize to fund ongoing innovation and positive outcomes.

In addition to providing cash awards, The Succeeds Prize will also identify and share the successful practices and techniques of great educators statewide to positively impact Colorado’s nearly 900,000 public school students.

KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy educates 400 students in fifth through eighth grade, and is celebrating its 15th year calling Southwest Denver home. It is part of KIPP Colorado Schools, a network of five tuition-free charter public schools educating students in pre-kindergarten through high school. 

For more information on the awards, tickets to the event, visit TheSucceedsPrize.org or send an email

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KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of five charter public schools educating 1,800 students in Southwest Denver and Far Northeast Denver from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It is part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 209 schools in 20 states and Washington, D.C.