Grades Served 5-8
Founded in 2009, KIPP STRIVE Academy was the third KIPP Metro Atlanta school to open. KIPP STRIVE Academy connects Atlanta’s Historic West End and Westview neighborhoods and seeks to build on the enduring legacy of education and activism in the community. STRIVE stands for Success Through Rigorous Instruction, Virtue, and Enrichment – a vision shared by students and staff alike. Holding fast to the belief that education comprises both academics and character, KIPP STRIVE is grounded in its REACH values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship, and Hard Work). The school’s commitment to world-class instruction raises academic expectations to a higher level of teaching and learning. The belief in a calm and positive environment lays the foundation for relationships that empower with love and joy, grant mutual respect and dignity, and instill trust that extends for a lifetime. Students are further enriched through the arts, sojourns to landmarks of the civil rights movement across the South, and literacy initiatives that lift their voices and elevate their stories. KIPP STRIVE Academy proves that all students can thrive beyond measure as change-agents for a better tomorrow.
KIPP STRIVE Academy shares a campus with KIPP STRIVE Primary School (grades K-4), offering a full K-8 academic experience.
Omy Mair is the K-8 campus principal of both KIPP STRIVE Academy and KIPP STRIVE Primary School. Originally from Boston, her career in education began in 2007 as a fifth-grade teacher in the Gwinnett County Public School System, where she received the teacher of the year award. In 2012, Mrs. Mair joined KIPP STRIVE Primary as one of its founding members. She has served in the roles of learning specialist, founding assistant principal of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, and director of operations. To prepare to pursue her passion for teaching, she attended Hampton University, earning her undergraduate degree in psychology and attended Boston College, graduating with her Master’s in education.
Mrs. Mair holds the unwavering belief that teachers must instill in children a positive attitude about themselves and about their ability to learn. She also believes that education should prepare students for a lifetime of contribution to their people and their society. She is convinced that this requires that children develop a knowledge and appreciation of their history and culture and a belief in their ability to achieve academically at the highest levels.
At KIPP STRIVE Academy, we offer the following extracurricular activities: