"The strength of the pride is the lion.
The strength of the lion is the Pride."
The mission of KIPP Gaston College Preparatory (GCP) is to empower all of our students with the skills, knowledge, and character necessary to succeed at the college of their choice, strengthen our community, and fight for social justice. All students, parents, and teachers commit to this mission.
Middle School Values
We believe that our students will make the world a better place. We believe that a high quality education will provide our students with a lifetime of opportunities and allow our students to move mountains, topple empires, and build wonderful families. We believe that the strength of our school comes from our Pride. Not only is our Pride a group of strong lions hungry for knowledge, college and power; our Pride is also our individual and collective desire to strive for excellence in all that we do. Because we work hard, we are proud of our growth and our accomplishment. We believe in bravery because we confront ignorance, racism, abuse, and corruption. We believe in urgency because our kids are in a race where the front-runners have a giant head start. We don’t believe that time is money; we believe time is a precious opportunity to change lives and cannot be wasted anymore than water can be spilled in a desert. We believe in self-awareness and understand the necessity of modeling what we expect of our students because as James Baldwin writes, “Children have never listened to adults but they have never failed to imitate them.” We believe in passion because this is what ignites our fire and sustains our drive. Our passions push us to explore, to engage in diverse and exciting activities, to ask questions, to seek solutions to problems and to set and reach personal goals - not only in school, but in life. We believe that the American dream, no matter how much it has been twisted in its execution, is an essentially beautiful and powerful ideal.
Middle School Motto
We chose our middle school motto, “The strength of the pride is the lion. The strength of the lion is the Pride,” to reflect our belief that the success of the individual and the success of the community are tied together in what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as “the fabric of inescapable mutuality.”
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