Our Core Values

A matter of principle.

Our core values focus on scholars and staff Living the PLUS (Perseverance, Leadership, Uplift and Scholarship). We also use restorative justice and positive behavioral interventions and supports to restore relationships and celebrate successes.

What We Believe Our Core Values

Living the PLUS is the way we frame our approach to helping ensure our values are consistently taught, discussed, and reinforced at the school. We believe in focusing on our PLUS model when working with our KIPPsters in academics, social aspects, and behaviors. We want our KIPPsters to “add” value to the school, their classmates, their community, and most importantly to themselves. We will constantly help our KIPPsters grow in these four core principles because we know it will help them in and out of the classroom setting.

Our Vision

We believe everyone can and will succeed in growing as a KIPPster, leader, and active citizen in a free yet high quality educational setting. We believe children in educationally underserved communities should have a rigorous educational experience where we promote each child’s gifts, while also providing supports to help each KIPPster improve in areas where their gifts have not yet been identified. Collaboration will be an integral part of our educational approach that includes staff and KIPPsters. We also believe in the power of allowing our KIPPsters to have the opportunity to take ownership in some of their learning experiences by giving them voice and choice. Rigorous academic standards, focused use of technology to guide and implement academics, and relationships that are meaningful are what we will offer on a daily basis. Character building through Restorative Justice and our values of the PLUS will be heavily emphasized in all we do. KIPPsters leaving KPGM have the abilities to advocate for themselves and others, problem-solve, articulate and express themselves in multiple ways, and are global citizens.