KIPP Forward - KIPP Nashville

Learning Resources for Current KIPP Nashville Students

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KIPP schools ensure each student has the skills and confidence to pursue any path that leads to their highest aspirations.

KIPP Forward’s Mission

KIPPsters set a high bar for their futures. For some, that means being the first in their family to graduate from college or buy a home. For others, it means serving our country or creating a business. So KIPP schools ensure each student has the skills and confidence to pursue any path that leads to their highest aspirations. Our counselors support students to choose and prepare for a right-fit college or education path and a meaningful career.

Why KIPP Forward Matters

Every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to be prepared for college and choose the best path forward toward an economically self-sufficient, choice-filled life and a rewarding career.

KIPP Forward supports KIPP high school students and alumni in developing the tools and knowledge needed to pursue a career of highest aspiration and follow their dreams. The KIPP Forward team works in conjunction with KIPP Nashville schools to ensure that all students have the access, skills and resources necessary to navigate the path to college, career and beyond.

How KIPP Forward Works

High School Support: KIPP Forward begins working with KIPP Nashville students in 9th grade. Support is provided around determining the best career path and the best steps students can take to continue on that path successfully.

Pre-College Opportunities: KIPP Forward posts opportunities for students to explore college early and often included pre-college summer programs, college presentations, college trips, college fairs, and more!

Preparing for the Cost of College: College is expensive and it is never too early to start saving and applying for scholarships. KIPP Forward works with KIPP schools to support a College Savings initiative and a financial literacy curriculum.

Parent and Community Engagement: KIPP Forward provides workshops and invites guest speakers to assist parents in guiding their students through the college process.

College and Career Counseling: In high school, KIPP Forward works with students to identify what career path they are most interested in and how best students can meet their career goals after high school. That may look like going to a traditional four-year college, or a technical school, enlisting in the armed forces, or going straight into a career. For students whose career aspirations require a college degree, KIPP Forward supports those students and families in determining the best fit and walks them through the application and financial aid process.

College Persistence: KIPP Forward supports alumni on their path through college by helping students choose courses and exploring majors, completing the FAFSA and exploring summer internships and careers.

Partnerships: At the national level, KIPP has created college partnerships with universities who commit to not only admitting KIPP students, but also providing critical resources once those students are on campus to ensure that the students remain on track for a college degree. Some current KIPP college partners include Vanderbilt University, Spelman College, Fisk University, Franklin and Marshall College, Colby College, and many more.

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Student Spotlight

Meet Cassaundra Lockridge – member of the KIPP Academy Nashville Class of 2013! She graduated from Hanover College in 2017 with a degree in political science and history.

“I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without KTC. KIPP was there to keep me focused and help me on my journey to and through college.”

Cassaundra plans to get her master’s degree or a PhD in social justice.

 “I would love to be able to positively affect public policy and help different communities.”

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