What We Do


KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (KSPA), founded in 2002, is a tuition-free middle school in Southwest Denver serving grades 5 through 8. We exist to provide a loving and rigorous educational experience in partnership with families so students have the skills and confidence to pursue a life of purposeful choices. By fostering a student-centered environment that is committed to racial equity and inclusion, all students experience the highest levels of academic, character, and social-emotional learning.

Our Core Values


Belonging

We include our community, ensuring they feel seen, known, and valued.

Excellence

We strive to be the best version of ourselves by continuously learning and always seeking to improve and grow.

Advocacy

We disrupt deliberately to champion for positive change in our communities.

Courage

We reflect on what is not working and demonstrate the vulnerability and strength to reimagine what is possible.

Belief

We communicate our confidence in the infinite potential and brilliance of our students.

Collaborative School Committee (CSC)


Parent and staff committee members are elected by their school to participate in quarterly meetings to discuss the school’s priorities, progress, and practices in order to ensure they are inclusive of family, student, and staff voices. School leaders make decisions about their schools with input from their CSC.

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Academics


Math

Math instruction is offered through a Workshop Model that meets students at their level and integrates that work into the grade-level standards. Students are taught through whole group instruction, small group instruction, collaboration and discourse, mathematical writing, problem-solving and critical thinking.

ELD Social Justice

Our ELD Social Justice class is a dual-purpose block. For emerging bilinguals and designated MLL students, it provides explicit practice Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in the English language in a safe, low-risk environment within the context of social justice. For all students (MLLs and non-MLLs alike), this block serves as a space in which students actively engage in building their critical consciousness and exploring anti-bias standards through culturally relevant texts, structured debates, critical research, and student-driven service projects.

English Language Arts

Our ELA program focuses on teaching students that readers are writers and writers are readers. Through whole group and small group instruction, students become critical thinkers and literate members of society.

Social Studies

Throughout their four years, students learn United States History, World Cultures, and Ancient Civilizations, through a historical responsive literacy lens. Using the Colorado Social Studies and the Reading for Information Text Standards, it is the mission of KSPA to develop the next generation of change-makers who use critical thinking in order to advocate for a more just and equitable world.

Science

KSPA Science classes place heavy emphasis on next generation science standards and investigation skills using a curriculum called Amplify. This curriculum introduces students in each grade level to experimentation in chemistry, earth, life, physical sciences, and engineering, empowering them to think critically like real scientists and engineers.

Physical Education

6th - 8th grade KSPA students participate in physical education five days a week. Students engage in active learning to develop their physical health, stamina, and personal decision-making skills regarding healthy choices.

Athletics


  • Volleyball – Girls
  • Cross Country – Boys & Girls
  • Soccer – Boys & Girls
  • Basketball – Boys & Girls
  • Baseball – Boys & Girls
  • Track and Field- Boys & Girls

Clubs & Activities


KSPA offers before and after-school clubs and activities for our KIPPsters to participate in. We create opportunities based on student interest and teacher availability. We will be launching after-school clubs and activities in September once we have gathered scholar input. Stay tuned for updates!

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