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Being “KIPP-notized” is how KIPP officials describe orientation into the school’s culture. The process is illustrated below through selected excerpts from the 2005-2006 Parent-Student Handbook of the KIPP-Key Charter School in Washington, DC (http://www.keyacademy.org/files/docs/ParentStudentHandbook05-06.pdf).
The Paycheck System
The paycheck system will be used to monitor behavior and homework on a daily basis. Each child is given a paycheck weekly… The [deduction] sections on the paycheck are:
Defining School Procedures
All students, teachers, and parents will sign the KIPP DC: KEY Academy Commitment to Excellence Contract and the KIPP DC: KEY Academy Non-negotiable Expectations…During summer school the classes focus heavily on acclimating students and parents to school procedures and discipline. During the regular school year the children also attend a KIPP class that is taught by the Principal, Vice Principal, or another staff member where discipline, organization, and procedures are reviewed on a regular basis.
The Bench (In-School Suspension)
In School Suspension is used when a child continues to misbehave or disregards the expectations outlined in the Commitment to Excellence Contract or the Non-negotiable Expectations. At KIPP DC: KEY Academy we call it, “The Bench”. While on the Bench we hope to remove all distractions so that the child can focus strictly on academics…We use the term “Benched” to show the child that they are still a part of the team, however, they are not playing in the game. For example, while on the bench the student will attend and participate in every class, but they are not allowed to talk to their teammates. They are however allowed to talk to teachers and are responsible for all class work and homework assigned…[Examples of Disciplinary Infractions Resulting in Benching include]: