Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about our school.
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We believe a strong social emotional learning for all children is foundational to an excellent and equitable education. At KSPE we implement Second Step social emotional curriculum led by classroom teachers. In addition, our KIPPsters take Yoga and Mindfulness every day, which supports our children in building self regulation skills.
We believe reading with children is the most effective way to build a love of reading and to instill habits of lifelong learning. All our KIPPsters bring home a daily reading log. Kindergarten and 1st graders receive additional homework to build foundational literacy and math skills.
There are three teachers in our ECE-3 classrooms (lead teacher, teaching fellow, and paraprofessional), two teachers in our ECE-4 classrooms (lead teacher, teaching fellow), and between 1 and 2 teachers in our kindergarten, first, and second grade rooms. Most of our math and literacy instruction is conducted in small groups where additional teachers push in to support when necessary.
To honor the growing population of ‘simultaneous bilinguals’ across our country and in Denver, KSPE’s academic program will be structured as a 50-50 One-Way Developmental Bilingual Education Program. Our students receive 50% of their instruction across the year in Spanish and 50% in English.
KSPE has adopted a TNLI model, with its goal being to promote and build bilterate speakers, readers, and writers. Within literacy, KSPE is structured using the Literacy Squared Framework. All students receive daily
Spanish literacy instruction and daily English Language Development (ELD) instruction. Our operationalized goal is for students to receive half their instruction in Spanish and half in English, with differentiated, small group literacy instruction in their self-identified native language. By the time our KIPPsters transition to middle school, we expect them to read on or above grade level in their native or preferred language and to score within the appropriate bilterate zone according to our holistic bilingualism literacy assessment model.
Breakfast is served between 7:40 – 8:00 every morning in their classrooms.
We are currently located at 3400 W. Nevada Place in Southwest Denver.
Grades ECE3, ECE4, K and 1 are currently enrolled at KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary. 2nd grade will be offered in the 2020-21 school year and we are growing to serve students through 4th grade. Enrolling at a KIPP elementary means your student never needs to apply for a school in Denver again! KIPPsters are automatically enrolled in KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (located at 375 S. Tejon) which serves grades 5-8. KIPPsters then graduate to KIPP Denver Collegiate High School (located at 451 S. Tejon) for grades 9-12. There, they are assigned a Counselor through our KIPP Through College and Career (KTC2) program. KTC2 counselors and advisors in KIPP schools across the country do whatever it takes to support students and families as they navigate high school, college entry, and persisting through college graduation & beyond. Support from KTC2 empowers Colorado KIPPsters and their families with the knowledge, resources, and support to select the right college and career based on their interests and passions.
Any student may request a spot at KIPP; our schools participate in the Denver Public Schools’ School Choice process. Admission to KIPP schools is not based on past academic performance and our schools are tuition-free for K-12. ECE3 and ECE4 are run through the Denver Preschool Program and tuition assistance is need based. Once accepted, we ask all students and parents to sign a non-binding Commitment to Excellence contract to demonstrate a commitment to going above and beyond in our pursuit of college. We are currently accepting students in Preschool (3 and 4-year-old), Kindergarten and 1st grade. We will be accepting applications for 2nd grade beginning January 15, 2020.
We are currently accepting applications for 1st grade for the 2019-20 school year. Round 1 of choice enrollment for the 2020-21 school year begins January 15, 2020, and remains open until February 18, 2020. Round 2 of school choice enrollment will begin in April 2020 and remain open through August 2020. Learn more about enrollment and begin the enrollment process at schoolchoice.dpsk12.org.
Parents and students will be notified of first round enrollment in late March of each year. During the second round of School Choice, students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be notified of acceptance immediately if there is a spot available.
We do not provide transportation for the 2019-20 school year. We are planning to provide transportation for the 2020-21 school year.
Yes. Free and reduced lunch is available to those students who qualify. In order to qualify for free or reduced lunches, an application needs to be completed and submitted.
Yes. All students are required to wear uniforms at KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary. Uniforms communicate the message that we are a true team and family. Uniforms unite us and create strong group identity. We want our children to always remember they are part of something special and a community that is larger than themselves. Our dress code is designed to ensure that scholars are clean, neat, and age appropriately dressed from head-to-toe. Our dress code becomes more “professional” as our KIPPsters progress from ECE through 4th grade. For ECE3, ECE4 and Kindergarten uniform tops are a navy blue t-shirt with the KSPE logo. Starting in 1st grade KIPPsters wear a polo with the KSPE logo. All students have the option of wearing a KSPE crewneck sweatshirt. Families can purchase uniform tops over the summer or throughout the school year. Uniform bottoms vary by grade and can be purchased anywhere (we do not require a specific brand). Preschoolers are allowed to wear any bottoms. Kindergarteners may wear denim or khaki pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers. Starting in 1st grade KIPPsters wear plain khaki pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, or jumpers that can be purchased at any local store.
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary does not currently offer extracurricular activities for grades ECE-1st grade. If KIPPsters continue to our middle school, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, they will have access to an after school arts program, a National History Day team, Flag Football, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball and Track. At our high school, KIPP Denver Collegiate, KIPPsters can participate in soccer, basketball, leadership development classes, speech and debate, volleyball, cheer and dance, and a variety of student and staff led clubs.
KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of six free college-preparatory public charter schools open to all students. We are dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 242 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC, educating approximately 100,000 students. Our mission is to equip our students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.
Yes! Our open houses are scheduled on 12/18 5:30-6:30; 1/15 5:30-6:30; 1/23 8:30 9:30; 1/23 5:30-6:30; 2/3 5:30-6:30. Call (720) 452-2572 to RSVP today!
KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary received a “blue” or Distinguished rating on the Denver Public Schools SPF in the 2019-20 school year. Every year, the SPF rates schools based on such categories as parent satisfaction, academic excellence, student attendance, etc. We are proud to be one of the top schools in Denver for Family and Student Engagement & Satisfaction with 95% of families reporting that they would recommend KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary to a friend.
Students must turn three October 1, 2020 to be eligible for ECE3. Students must turn four by October 1, 2020 to be eligible for ECE4. Students must turn five by October 1, 2020 to be eligible for kindergarten.
There are 16 students in each ECE3 and ECE4 classroom. There are 28-30 students in each K-4 classroom.
Yes! We partner with Kids Smart to offer before and after school care. Before school care starts at 6:30 AM and after school care runs until 6:00PM each day school is in session. Tuition varies depending on schedule. All government subsidies are accepted including CCAP and TANNF.
Please call us at (720) 452-2572.