What Is KAPPA?

What is KAPPA?

We are an International Baccalaureate World School

This means that:1. We offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program to all juniors and seniors who choose to take it."You may be familiar with schools which have advanced placement (AP) classes, where students are given the opportunity to take accelerated classes. The program in question, International Baccalaureate (IB), was started in 1968 and is even more rigorous. Offered in 1,311 primary and secondary American schools, IB has a track record of helping shape young minds into accomplished life-long learners and ethical leaders. And for poor, minority students in rough neighborhoods such as Chicago, IB has been a ticket for many motivated students out of dependency and poverty."

-Ken Blackwell, The Huffington Post

2. Our style of teaching is informed by the rigor and authenticity of IB--in all our classes.

"The Diploma Program goals provide students with:

  • a broad and balanced, yet academically demanding, program of study
  • the development of critical-thinking and reflective skills
  • the development of research skills
  • the development of independent learning skills
  • the development of intercultural understanding
  • a globally recognized university entrance qualification."


3. Our graduates are accepted to some of the most prestigious schools in the country.

“International Baccalaureate opened me up a lot. Classes are more discussion-based, it’s not just the teachers talking to you. It made me talk and interact with other students.”

-Hamdia Ibrahim, KAPPA 2012, Dartmouth 2016


"How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century," Time Magazine

"Why Schools Love the International Baccalaureate," The Independent (UK)

We are a New York City Public High School

This means that: 1. We are open to all young adults in New York City. We do not screen our applicants. All are welcome. 2. We are located in the biggest, most important, and most exciting city in the United States, and we are easily accessible through pubic transit.

3. We are not a charter school.

We are a NYC DOE Small School

This means that:

1. Everyone knows everyone else's name.

2. Students get personalized attention from their teachers, both in class and outside of class.

3. Our school has a sense of community and support that helps sustain the hard work that we do.


"New Study Gives Smalls Schools Initiative A Thumbs Up," The New York Times

"Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City’s New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates," The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation