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School: KIPP Legacy Academy
Address: 2620 N. Russell Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55411
Grades: 4th, 5th and 6th (adding 7th and 8th over the next two years)
Founded: 2019

In January 2019, the KIPP Minnesota board of directors approved the opening of a second middle school for the KIPP Minnesota network. The middle school, KIPP Legacy Academy, is set to open in August 2019 and will welcome 84 sixth grade scholars, growing to 680 scholars over the next seven years in grades K-8. The new campus is part of KIPP Minnesota’s strategic plan to grow to four schools - two primary schools and two middle schools -  serving over 1,000 students in grades K-8 by 2024.

School Vision

We are resilient leaders. We are the leaders of our classrooms, our school and our communities. We lead with love and joy. As leaders, we advocate for ourselves and others. We are effective communicators, analytical thinkers, collaborative problem-solvers and lifelong learners. We will discover our identities and strengths as we honor and celebrate each other’s individual strengths. We support each other as we overcome challenges to grow into the best version of ourselves. We will use our strengths to climb the mountain to and through high school and college and to impact our community.

Cultural Vision

Our school is characterized by love - love of self, love of others, and love of learning. This love makes us feel safe. We ask questions and listen in order to build meaningful and lasting relationships. When needed, we give and receive feedback with love. When there is a challenge, we are resilient and do not give up. We demonstrate optimism by believing that setbacks are temporary and we take actions to overcome them. We joyfully celebrate our growth and success and the growth and success of others. Through our actions, we positively impact ourselves and others.

Instructional Vision

Our classrooms are characterized by well-crafted lessons, purposeful and relevant learning tasks, and frequent feedback. In order for learning to happen in the classrooms,students productively struggle individually and collectively to make meaning out of complex concepts. Students effectively communicate their answers, questions and thinking in a variety of methods. Students utilize technology to support their learning. Throughout the learning process,we celebrate growth and recognize achievement.Through our instruction,students discover their strengths and passion and use these to impact our community.

Are you interested in joining our team and family? Apply now.

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Founding Principal

Kate Mazurek is the founding principal of KIPP Legacy Academy. Prior to joining the KIPP Minnesota team and family in 2017, she spent twelve years with KIPP Chicago - as a teacher for three years and a school leader for seven. Kate received her bachelor’s in history and math from Northwestern University and a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In addition, Kate is participating in the Miles Family and Fisher Fellow programming through the KIPP Foundation which gives her the opportunity to tour high-performing schools around the country, collaborate with peers, and participate in leadership and equity trainings. Kate is excited to have the opportunity to work with the KIPP Minnesota team to provide more choice for families in the Twin Cities by opening up a new campus in North Minneapolis.