The KIPP Delta Difference

Our Values

KIPP’s longstanding motto — “Work hard. Be nice.” — isn’t just a tagline. Since our founding, the development of character has been as important to us as the teaching of rigorous academic skills. Today we are especially focused on seven highly predictive strengths: zest, grit, self-control, optimism, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity. Learn more about why character counts and how you can dive deeper into character development on the KIPP Foundation website.

 

Zest

Approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated.

  • Actively participates
  • Shows enthusiasm
  • Invigorates others
 

Grit

Finishing what one starts; completing something despite obstacles; a combination of persistence and resilience.

  • Finishes whatever he or she begins
  • Tries very hard even after experiencing failure
  • Works independently with focus
 

Self Control

Regulating what one feels and does; being self-disciplined.

School Work
  • Comes to class prepared
  • Pays attention and resists distractions
  • Remembers and follows directions
  • Gets to work right away rather than procrastinating
Interpersonal
  • Remains calm even when criticized or otherwise provoked
  • Allows others to speak without interruption
  • Is polite to adults and peers
  • Keeps temper in check
 

Optimism

Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it.

  • Gets over frustrations and setbacks quickly
  • Believes that effort will improve his or her future
 

Gratitude

Being aware of and thankful for opportunities that one has and for good things that happen.

  • Recognizes and shows appreciation for others
  • Recognizes and shows appreciation for his/her opportunities
 

Social Intelligence

Being aware of motives and feelings of other people and oneself; including the ability to reason within large and small groups.

  • Able to find solutions during conflicts with others
  • Demonstrates respect for feelings of others
  • Knows when and how to include others
 

Curiosity

Taking an interest in experience and learning new things for its own sake; finding things fascinating.

  • Is eager to explore new things
  • Asks and answers questions to deepen understanding
  • Actively listens to others

 

View the stop-motion film about our Character Strengths created by the DCHS summer school art class.

 

KIPP Character Strengths from KIPP DELTA on Vimeo.