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Figure 6. KIPP Student Incentive System (Excerpt)


KIPP: Houston
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Level of infraction 1 2 3 4 5 6 Expulsion
  Not following directions Incomplete assignment Academic ticket not signed Negative attitude Lying Copying or cheating Unacceptable items2 (guns, knives, etc.)
  Not prepared for class Dress code violation Unorganized Porch Interaction Swearing Inappropriate conduct (harassment) Gross harassment
  Tardy to class Missing ticket Disrespectful Grossly unorganized Gross disrespect Fighting Other similar offenses at the discretion of the principal
    Insufficient funds to recollect items Completely missing assignment     Stealing  
    Absent w/o call to school by 8 am          
    Unnecessary items1          
    Off task          

1An unnecessary item consists of something that should not be brought to school such as electronic toys, game cards, pages, cell phones, excessive amounts of cash, etc. Such items will be confiscated and held for a parent to recollect.
2 Unacceptable items are things no child should have in his/her possession at any time such as weapons, drugs, alcohol, etc. In either of these situations, the item(s) will be confiscated and handed over to an administrator to be picked up by a parent, and the proper authorities will be notified.

Strategies to Redirect Disciplinary Violations
KIPP implements some of (but is not limited to) the following techniques to help our students learn from their mistakes and make better choices in the future:

  • Additional assignments
  • Calling/agenda plans
  • Khaki plan (excessive dress code violations)
  • Detention (Saturday)
Porch students avoid distractions in the following ways:
- Wearing their shirts/jackets inside out to let others know they are "looking inward", reflecting on their mistakes and should not be disturbed (reversible jackets should not be worn while on porch)
- Not being able to communicate (verbal or otherwise) with their peers without first being granted permission from a teacher

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