Expectations are beyond any normal reality
Teacher (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – January 19, 2018
No collaboration or team building. No KIPP values taught. Routines change constantly, to which children do not respond well. Teacher meetings are almost daily and no time is given to teacher prep during the day. Teachers report to school at 7am and don't leave until nearly 6pm most days. Calendar dates for teachers changes frequently. Lots of mandatory "come in early", "stay late", "come in on Saturday". Teachers are micromanaged by upper-level staff who aren't educators. It is said that "your opinion matters"... but more often than not, your opinion is thrown out when you are a teacher.
KIPP Columbus does not value family time. They have built a beautiful building and have many resources at their fingertips. But when administration has to tell teachers how to set up their desks in their own classrooms and doesn't allow for teacher planning time, there is a real lack of compassion for the teachers at KIPP Columbus.
Middle School students, including 5th graders, do not have regularly scheduled PE classes or recess time.
KIPP concepts are amazing. KIPP execution at this location is poor.
Beautiful camps, amazing food prepared by chefs, some dedicated teachers
no breaks, no plan time, no PE or recess for older students, not family-friendly toward staff, work teachers until they are burnt out