KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Be the change. Comienza.

KIPP Comienza Community Prep is a tuition-free college-preparatory public charter elementary school that opened in the summer of 2010 in the Southeastern City of Los Angeles. KIPP Comienza is a part of the national KIPP network of 162 schools in 20 states and D.C.; it currently serves 520 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, and fifth grade for the 2016/2017 school year.

KIPP Comienza Community Prep is built on the belief that great schools and strong relationships transform communities. The mission of KIPP Comienza is to teach the academic skills, cultivate the character traits, provide the learning experiences, and forge the community relationships needed for our elementary students to thrive in middle school, high school, college, and life.

School Co-Leader for K-4

Shirley Appleman started as a founding apprentice teacher in 2010 and helped found kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Shirley also served as a grade level lead and assistant school leader. Prior to joining KIPP, Shirley was a consultant at Accenture Consulting in Los Angeles, CA. Throughout her career at Accenture, she managed many client projects where her team was responsible for designing, creating, and facilitating the execution of customized curricula. Shirley majored in Psychology with a concentration Neuroscience at Haverford College, and earned a M.A. un Urban Education as well as an Administrative Credential at Loyola Marymount University.

School Co-Leader for 5-8

D’Anza Smith-Rodriguez is the founding School Leader of KIPP Comienza Community Prep's middle school. Most recently, she was an Assistant School Leader at KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory Academy where she managed and coached the English Language Arts department and served as the CELDT Coordinator. In addition to her leadership role at KIPP LA Prep, she has also served as Interim School Leader at two KIPP schools in Los Angeles. D’Anza received her Bachelors of Arts degree in English from UCLA, as well as her Masters in Education from UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute. 


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- KIPP Comienza Community Prep scored an API score of 979 making it the third highest performing school in LAUSD.

- KIPP Comienza Community Prep is the #1 performing school in California out of schools serving at/above 60% English Language Learners.


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