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About KIPP Empower Academy

KIPP Empower Academy is founded on the belief that all students can learn and lead lives of significance. All of our students – roughly 565 students in transitional kindergarten through fourth grade, will be on the path to and through college.

When our students complete fourth grade at KEA, they will be equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in college-preparatory middle schools. Our students will take pride in their unique identities and will work hard, be nice, stay strong, and make good choices to fulfill their potential. They will emerge from their years at KIPP empowered and ready to seize upon the vast array of opportunities they find before them.

Currently, 76 percent of KEA students are African American and 21 percent are Latino.  Eighty-eight percent of students qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

Our History

KIPP Empower Academy (KEA) opened in summer 2010 in South Los Angeles under the leadership of Founding Principal Mike Kerr. The school has expanded by one annually and has reach capacity with transitional kindergarten through fourth grade this past fall 2014.

Our Approach

Instructional Vision.

Through an active, engaging, and rigorous learning process built on mastery of standards and academic language and the cultivation of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills, KEA will develop students who are strong in mind.

With a focus on instilling personal habits that promote mindfulness of physical health and well-being and a passion to strive for excellence in pursuit of our goals, KEA will develop students who are strong in body. (Watch our dance team, StepUP-BreakDOWN perform at the 2012 KIPP School Summit.)

By fostering a nurturing, positive, and inclusive community that encourages mutual respect, self-awareness, and personal and collective responsibility, KEA will develop students who are strong in spirit.

Our Value Statements.

At KEA, our value statements are an important part of our school culture. Each KEA value statement has a corresponding adinkra, a visual symbol that has been used for generations by the Ashanti people of Ghana. There is an uplifting story behind each adinkra. The symbolic meaning and story-inspired origins of the adinkra symbols make them a powerful tool for helping students understand our values.

Our values, with their corresponding adinkras, are:

Value Statement Value Adinkra
Work hard. Hard work / Excellence Work hard Adinkra
Be nice. Respect / Empathy Be nice Adinkra
Stay strong. Courage / Determination Stay strong Adinkra
Make good choices. Responsibility / Integrity Make good choices Adinkra

Main Office

8466 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003

(P) 323-750-2279
(F) 323-750-7902

School Hours

M-Thu: 7:45a - 4:00p
F: 7:45a - 2:00p

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.