KIPP Through College
At the heart of KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools’ (KMCS) mission is a commitment to prepare our students for success in college and in life. KIPP Through College (KTC) plays a critical role in realizing these outcomes. The KTC office begins working with our KIPPsters in eighth grade and continues in high school by helping with the college application process, through their matriculation to and graduation from college and their career preparation.
What We Do & Why
KTC provides five core services. The starting point for these services is relationships. KTC Advisors connect with our alumni in one-on-one counseling sessions throughout the year. Building on these relationships, KTC provides mentoring, counseling and problem solving assistance. We connect alumni to key academic resources, run tutoring and internship programs, and convene alumni for career preparation, peer support and networking events.
Our KIPPsters are not immune from the challenges facing students in our communities – factors that affect their continued success after they graduate from KMCS schools. KTC's staff and services are singularly focused on giving alumni the support to empower them on their journey to and through college and into the working world. In this effort, we aspire to build a nationally recognized model for college preparation and completion programming.
Student & Family Counseling
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools makes this promise to every child: we will prepare all students for college graduation and success in life. We track every student that graduates the eighth grade from KIPP schools to ensure we fulfill our promise. KIPP Through College (KTC) is critical as it supports each child’s graduation from high school, their matriculation to and graduation from college and their career preparation.
KTC services are personalized based on academic and social needs and include high school support, college placement, college support, and post-secondary opportunities. Support services are individualized per student, per grade-level as shown below. Click here for year-long KTC-related dates, or see below.
Pre-College and Leadership Programs
These programs are offered from 6th through 12th grade during summer break as well as weekends throughout the school year. KTC supports these students in broadening their academic exposure and enrichment development. KIPP Memphis has sent students to Georgetown University, Tulane University and Vanderbilt University just to name a few. Most programs are residential, giving KIPP students and alumni a true taste of college life. Courses are taught by the university’s most distinguished professors who also do an excellent job of relating to these younger students.
The Summer Explorations program is focused on creating a fun and interactive environment while developing leadership skills and providing academically enriching experiences. The program includes numerous enrichment courses in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Arts (Humanities and Fine Arts) as well as Athletics.
KTC has developed a truly unique college explorations seminar for KMCH students. This experiential learning program takes place throughout the KIPP summer term and school year. Lessons focus on bringing the idea of college closer to the students and giving them the opportunity to determine what the best fit college looks like for them. Students investigate different majors, using the library, and understanding the course credit system just to name a few.
KIPPsters also need opportunities for ACT and SAT preparation, so these courses, offered four times throughout each year, are specifically scheduled for our alumni that do not attend KIPP schools anymore. Several courses are one day long but KTC also offers a full week course in the summer for rising seniors.
College Planning 101
College Planning 101 is a junior level seminar course during which KMCH students complete their ACT and SAT preparation, generate their final college selections and begin compiling their resumes and portfolios. The course is offered during the spring semester of junior year.
College Planning 201
College Planning 201 is a senior level seminar course during which KMCH students complete the college process. The seminar focuses on developing writing and interviewing skills, completion of college applications, prioritizing deadlines, recommendations and completing financial aid applications.