Commitment to Excellence

After enrolling at KIPP Sol Academy, the school leader, teachers, parents, and students sign a non-binding pledge called a “Commitment to Excellence.”


Student’s Commitment

I fully commit to KIPP Sol Academy (“KIPP”) in the following ways:

  • I will arrive at KIPP everyday on time.
  • I will remain at KIPP throughout the instructional day.
  • I will come to school every day prepared to learn.
  • I will not take shortcuts. I will give 100% everyday.
  • I will always work, think, and behave in the best way I know how, and I will do whatever it takes for my fellow teammates and me to learn. Every day, I will be the best student and person I can be.
  • I will take charge of my own learning by following the KIPP principle of SPARK: Sitting up straight, Paying attention, Asking and answering questions, Reacting to show I’m following along, and Keep tracking the speaker.
  • I will complete all my homework every night. I will make sure my homework is of the best quality and that my parent/guardian signs my agenda.
  • I will ask my teachers for help when I need it both in class and outside of class.
  • If I make a mistake, I will use reflection to make a better choice the next time.
  • I will follow my teachers’ directions and school rules.
  • I will demonstrate the values of Ganas, Reflection, Excellence, Love and Advocacy.
  • I will follow the KIPP Dress Code.
  • I will uphold the high expectations of KIPP at all school related events on and off campus.
  • I am responsible for my own behavior, and I will accept responsibility for my actions.

Teachers’ Commitment

We commit to KIPP Sol Academy (“KIPP”) in the following ways:

  • We will arrive at KIPP every day on time and remain throughout the instructional day. 
  • We will always teach in the best way we know how, and we will do whatever it takes for every single one of our students to learn.
  • We will plan and execute rigorous lessons to prepare our students for success in high school, college and in life.
  • We will hold all of our students, parents, fellow staff members, and ourselves to KIPP’s high expectations.
  • We are committed to results.
  • We will collaborate and plan with colleagues on a regular basis.
  • We are committed to our own professional growth and constant learning. We will give each other feedback regularly and seek out professional development opportunities.
  • We will make ourselves available to the questions, concerns, or suggestions of our parents through scheduled meetings and phone calls.
  • We will make ourselves available to students, parents, and fellow staff members via phone in the evenings.
  • We will provide opportunities to parents/guardians to volunteer and participate in their child's classroom.
  • We will regularly provide parents with updates on their children’s progress via paychecks, progress reports, and report cards.
  • We will always act in a professional manner when speaking with all people in our school community.
  • We will strive to be the best teachers we can be, modeling excellence and taking no shortcuts in preparing our students for success in high school, college and in life.
  • We will ensure the safety of all students under our supervision.
  • We will follow the KIPP Dress Code and norms for Professionalism.
  • We will embody the values of Ganas, Reflection, Excellence, Love and Advocacy.
  • We are responsible for our own behavior, and will accept responsibility for our own actions.

Parents’/Guardians’ Commitment

We fully commit to KIPP Sol Academy (“KIPP”) in the following ways:

  • We will make sure our child arrives at KIPP everyday on time.
  • We will make arrangements so our child can remain at KIPP throughout our extended day and to be picked up on time.
  • We give permission for our child to participate in supplemental instruction as needed.
  • We will commit to participating at KIPP Sol Academy by volunteering in a variety of ways, including attending parent teacher conferences, family workshops, and other school-related activities.
  • We will do all we can to support our child and the commitment he/she has made to attend KIPP.
  • We will partner with the teachers and staff of KIPP to help our child excel in school, both academically and behaviorally.
  • We will always help our child in the best way we know how, and we will do whatever it takes for him/her to learn.
  • We will review our child’s homework every night, sign his/her agenda, and let him/her call a classmate or teacher if there is a question and/or problem with the homework.
  • We will review and sign our child’s paycheck and ensure that it is returned to the school every Monday.
  • We will read carefully and sign (if necessary) all the papers the school sends home to us. We will ask questions if we have them.
  • We will always make ourselves available to our children and the school and address any concerns they may have. We will meet regularly with teachers to discuss our child’s progress.
  • We will notify the school no later than the beginning of the school day if our child will miss school.
  • We will allow our child to go on KIPP field trips.
  • We will make sure our child follows the KIPP dress code.
  • We will always act in a professional manner when speaking with all people in our school community.
  • We will help our child prepare for high school, college and life by supporting him/her and encouraging him/her to adhere to his/her commitment to excellence.
  • We will embody the values of Ganas, Reflection, Excellence, Love and Advocacy.
  • We are responsible for our child’s behavior, as well as our own.