KIPP WAYS Primary (KWP) is the eighth and newest KIPP school in Metro Atlanta, opening its doors to an inaugural class of 108 Kindergarteners in July 2014. The school will grow by a grade level a year to serve grades K-4 in the 2018-19 school year. KIPP WAYS Primary is located in the same facility as KIPP WAYS Academy in West Atlanta, and together the schools on this campus will provide students in the Washington Park, Vine City, and English Avenue neighborhoods with a seamless K-8 college preparatory experience.
The mission of KIPP WAYS Primary School is to prepare scholars for top quality middle schools, high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond by instilling in each scholar a commitment to excellence, perseverance, teamwork, love, fun and other “WAYS” to success. The scholars and staff shall uphold the values of the school to develop the intrinsic motivation and habits that will enable all scholars to realize the mission of the school.
The academic program of KIPP WAYS Primary is focused on building core foundational academic skills in phonics, reading, writing, and math, enhanced by targeted exposure and instruction in science, social studies, enrichment and character skills. Community building is a key part of the culture and emphasis of the school. This focus both develops and supports important character skills that are the foundation for success both inside and outside of the classroom.
The vision of KIPP WAYS Primary is to create a safe and loving environment that celebrates each scholar’s unique and individual identities. By knowing our scholars’ individual strengths, areas of growth, and personal stories, we will foster a school community where students embrace their talents and walk with the confidence necessary to succeed in college and make a positive impact in the world. Five core values aligned to our vision will drive our success.
Tandi Tyler is the founding Principal of KIPP WAYS Primary. Her career in education spans eleven years as an elementary school teacher in Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Tandi transitioned into school leadership through the New Leaders for New Schools program and served as principal of an elementary school in Southeast Washington D.C. for three years prior to joining KIPP. Tandi has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa.
KIPP WAYS Primary is grateful for the support of the following community partners:
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Imaginators Club
Arthur Blank YMCA
Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta
National 4-H Club
The Conservation Fund
Samaritan’s Feet International
KIPP WAYS Primary invites parents to join forces with us in a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteer tasks include the weekly compilation of Tuesday folder materials, event coordination (School Picture Days, Family Night Events, Scholastic Book Fairs) and programming. Parents are trained with the knowledge and confidence needed to successfully manage and orchestrate the flow of various school and community efforts. Those interested in expanding their involvement at KIPP WAYS Primary can contact the Director of Parent Relationships and School Branding, Gabrielle Newton.
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.