Young people who live in neighborhoods where poverty is concentrated need access to high performing public schools. Many students need more than a rigorous academic program with a high quality teaching staff, which we offer. They also need to feel safe. For many children, the KAPPA III culture is a haven. When children walk through KAPPA III's doors each day, they are able to concentrate on their aspirations and personal growth. All aspects of the school's culture and procedures give the children a sense of control. From the moment they put on their school uniform to the moment they sit down in the classroom and read the objective of the day's lesson, students benefit because they know exactly what to expect and are able to focus on learning.
The population that KAPPA III serves is 39% African American, 58% Latino, and 3% other. Approximately 98% of our student population is eligible for free or reduced lunch. In September 2004, there will be 120 students enrolled in the school, with 60 in grade 5 and 60 in grade 6. The school will grow each year by 60 students until it reaches the number of 240, with grades 5 through 8.
Students demonstrate readiness to attend a KAPPA school through their commitment to education and the KAPPA model;familial commitment to education, especially the KAPPA model; and a strong record of school attendance.