KIPP WAYS Academy is a tuition-free public charter middle school located in West Atlanta. Founded in 2003, we educate approximately 330 students in fifth through eighth grades. KIPP WAYS Academy is part of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools and the national KIPP network of schools preparing students for success in college and in life.
It is the mission of WAYS Academy to prepare students for top quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond by instilling in each student a commitment to scholarship, teamwork, integrity, and other “WAYS to success.”
The academic program of KIPP WAYS Academy is designed to challenge every scholar to achieve on or above grade level performance in all academic subjects. While scholars may enter the school below grade level in many areas, the school is prepared for the challenge of equipping scholars with the knowledge, skills, and scholarly habits necessary for success in an academically rigorous college preparatory high school. The foundation of our curriculum is based upon the Georgia Performance Standards, but is accelerated and taught rigorously to ensure that scholars are prepared for a college preparatory high school upon completion of the 8th grade at KIPP WAYS Academy. Throughout the year, the scholars spend more time in all core academic subjects, providing them with sufficient time to “fill in any holes” that may exist in their academic skills or knowledge through an “accelerated spiraling” instructional approach.
KIPP WAYS Academy is a Team and Family that is working towards the same mission. Our culture is closely tied to our school values which are “five WAYS to success:”
Scholarship – The methods, discipline, and attainments of scholars who are engaged in the pursuits of learning.
Teamwork – Cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal.
Integrity – Steadfast adherence to a strict moral code in which respect and honesty are valued.
Perseverance – The act of going on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition; never giving up.
Fun -Finding pleasure in all learning opportunities and enjoying the simple things in life.
When our scholars and our staff embody and demonstrate these values, they are putting forth their best effort on all tasks (perseverance); helping their teammates along the way (teamwork); achieving significant academic gains (scholarship); while enjoying them (fun) and operating with the utmost respect and honesty (integrity). When scholars have internalized these “ways to success” and practice them on a regular basis, they are equipped with both the academic and life skills to excel in any rigorous environment.
Nate Snyder serves as the principal of KIPP WAYS Academy. Mr. Snyder began his teaching career in 2006, teaching middle school math, English language arts, and social studies in Philadelphia as a corps member with Teach for America. While in Philadelphia, Mr. Snyder earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He later taught high school civics, law, history, and economics in Charlotte, NC. In 2011, Mr. Snyder joined KIPP WAYS as a 6th grade social studies teacher, eventually becoming the grade level chair. As a social studies teacher, he earned teacher of the year honors at KIPP WAYS and was named middle school teacher of the year for all of Atlanta Public Schools. Mr. Snyder has also served as the dean of school culture and as the upper school assistant principal at KIPP WAYS Academy. Mr. Snyder is excited serve KIPP WAYS Academy and surrounding community.
KIPP WAYS Academy is grateful for the support of the following community partners:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Arthur Blank YMCA
Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta
Soccer in the Streets
Girls on the Run
KIPP WAYS Academy invites parents to join forces with the school in a variety of volunteer opportunities. Parents are given the knowledge needed to confidently manage and orchestrate various school and community efforts. Those interested in expanding their involvement at KIPP WAYS Academy are invited to contact our School Operations Manager, Taccara Marzette.
Georgia Charter School of the Year Award Recipient (2016-17)
GAPTO Community Leadership Alliance Grant Recipient
2015 Highest-Progress School. KIPP WAYS was among 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments
Awarded “Accredited with Quality” designation by The Georgia Accrediting Commission
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is a network of free public charter schools serving students in the communities of West Atlanta, Southeast Atlanta, and East Point. Enrollment is open to all students; any student who qualifies for public school within Atlanta Public Schools or Fulton County Schools qualifies for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools.