Our Philosophy & Approach

Cesar Chavez, a hero within our very own community, once said, “Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves–and be free.” At the heart of our academic program is the understanding that students are not empty vessels waiting to be filled, or children that need to be taught to imitate, but that they come with rich experiences and beliefs about this world. We believe that the student and the teacher are partners and that both are participating in the work of discovery and learning.

At KIPP Iluminar Academy we have three core components:

1. Learning
At KIPP Iluminar Academy our goal is to provide a strong college preparatory program from which each student will develop a love of learning, an ability to think critically, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people. We consider certain skills to be essential for all students: read avidly, write clearly and coherently, make connections across content areas, and question thoughtfully.

2. Character
At KIPP Iluminar Academy we believe that school is a place where students will grow academically while also growing their character. We use the following character strengths to guide our character education: zest, grit, self-control, curiosity, love, social intelligence, hope, and gratitude (the images are at the bottom of each page). By valuing character education our students leave KIPP Iluminar Academy with confidence, self-awareness, and a respect for others.

3. Arts
At KIPP Iluminar Academy we believe the arts play an integral role in developing the creative, imaginative, and expressive abilities of all children. For that reason we believe that the arts are an essential component of a well-rounded education. While at our school, our students will explore the visual arts, music, dance, and theater. By ensuring that the arts are a core part of our curriculum, our children matriculate with an ignited imagination.