#KCGreatSchools Houston Visit Final Day

Lessons from the Final Day in Houston

Today, our group was fortunate to tour KIPP:3D/KIPP:Dream Prep and Quest Early College High School. Here are the highlights:


  • Founded in 2001
  • KIPP:3D is Fifth to Eighth Grade
  • 432 students in three modular buildings
  • KIPP stands for “Knowledge is Power Program”
  • 3D stands for “Desire, Discipline, and Dedication"
  • KIPP is focused on offering underserved students with college preparatory education
  • Each teacher gets a cell phone and students have 24 hour access to teachers
  • 80+ college partners
  • 90% of students are considered “low-income”
  • Lottery enrollment system
  • KIPP’s five pillars include: more time on tasks, power to lead, focus on results, high expectations, choice and commitment
  • School day is from 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • School year is longer on average by two to three weeks when compared to HISD schools

Quest Early College High School

  • Located in Humble Independent School District
  • Has been around for 22 years; Focus on early college program began eight years ago
  • Ninth - Twelfth grade
  • $3 million in awarded scholarship funds in 2016
  • Partners with Lone Star College for dual credit courses
  • Pillars of success: service learning, family, college readiness
  • 41 community partners for service learning opportunities

Why Did We Tour Houston?

The Great School Visits are designed to expose Kansas Citians to high-performing, urban schools with similar student populations to those of Kansas City. The visits began in the Fall of 2015 and tour groups have visited Boston, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington D.C. Participants form new networks across all industries and are inspired and encouraged to innovate community-based solutions to challenges in our local educational ecosystem. The visits are unique in that they do not have pre-determined end goals, but create an environment where solutions can be nurtured and thrive. The Great Schools Visits are made possible and sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.

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