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Camden, New Jersey
Camden County
KIPP: Cooper Norcross, A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation
KIPP: Cooper Norcross, A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation is a public school located in Camden, New Jersey with 1,349 students in grades KG-8.
Since opening our first school in Camden, Camden students are 2X as likely to score proficient on PARCC.
The 2019 Mathematica study found that “attending a KIPP middle school produced an increase of 12.9 percentage points in enrollment rates in four-year college programs."
The KIPP Lanning Square boys basketball team were named Camden city champions for the fourth year in a row.
525 Clinton Street
Camden, NJ 08103
Principal: Ms. Joanna Belcher
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White 0%
Black 55%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 36%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 6%
School size
Female 48.9%
Male 51.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 97%
Students with disabilities 19%
English learners 8%
Homeless students 4%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 1%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 9%
1st Grade 9%
2nd Grade 9%
3rd Grade 8%
4th Grade 11%
5th Grade 12%
6th Grade 17%
7th Grade 17%
8th Grade 7%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 124
Weapons 2
Vandalism 23
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 4
Total incidents 153
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 25%
6 to 10 days 24%
11 to 15 days 20%
Over 15 days 28%
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English 90.6%
Spanish 9.3%
Other 0.1%
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Learn more about KIPP: Cooper Norcross, A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation.


Our mission is to create a network of schools in Newark and Camden, New Jersey, that instill in their students the desire and ability to succeed in college, in order to change the world.


Students K-8 are engaged in meaningful courses throughout the day and year. At the elementary school level our students’ schedules include guided reading and read aloud blocks, math, writing, science, and specials (including art, music, and physical education). In middle schools students take text study, writing, mathematics, social studies, science (including lab), and specials.


Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Coed), Cross Country (Coed), Field Hockey (Girls), Football (Coed), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Coed)


KIPP Cooper Norcross offers a variety of clubs, including newspaper, ballet, step, cooking, peer mentoring and several others.


All three of KCNA’s schools provide extensive after-school programming for students. Middle school students participate in both sports and after-school clubs; sports teams include boys’ and girls’ basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, and softball, and clubs range from community service to cooking to newspaper. Elementary school students who participate in after-school programming receive daily homework help and participate in enrichment activities that include music, cooking, and karate.


All instructional staff attend professional development on a regular basis - during the summer and every Wednesday between 1PM and 5PM. During this time, teachers learn about how kids develop knowledge and meaning in addition to core pedagocial moves. This professional development informs their ability to conduct and execute lessons such that kids are authentically engaged and curious throughout class.

Post high school

We make an unprecedented Kindergarten through College commitment to students. After middle school, our KIPP Through College (KTC) team helps our alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in high school and their chosen post-secondary pathway. Our KTC counselors support our alum with high school placement, academic counseling, ACT and SAT test preparation, and college advising and application support. Once our alum matriculate to college, we will continue to support them - helping ensure they graduate on time from college.


At KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, we pride ourselves in supporting all learners. We believe that all students should be educated in classrooms that accommodate their diverse learning needs, styles, and abilities. We believe that accepting and accomodating all differences enriches our community of learners as well as the community at large. We have programs to support students with IEPs, English Language Learners, and students who need limited-time interventions. By understanding the needs of each student as an individual we are able to ensure that all our students demonstrate improved academic outcomes and develop the emotional skills required to support themselves and their communities.


In addition to our rigorous academic program, we believe that our students deserve access to high quality food, health services, and physical activities. We offer breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner to students. Our meals are prepared in-house in our full cooking kitchens, and we continue to add more variety to our menus to give our students the most options for their meals. We also partner with local health and dental providers to give our students access to on-site health and dental care. Additionally, both our facilities have outdoor fields and indoor gymnasiums, which our students utilize for recess, physical education classes, and after-school sports.


Families attend Welcome barbecues in the fall, game nights, Parent Universities, Saturday School, and other events throughout the year.


KIPP Whittier Middle moved into its permanent home in the former John G. Whittier School building following a $24 million renovation. Both our Lanning Square and Whittier buildings serve as a community anchors hosting local non profits and civics groups for meetings and events.

School safety

All schools have safety protocols in place, and staff are trained annually. Facilities have security camera coverage and access control.


We provide interactive and blended learning opportunities for all students by providing them with Chromebooks and iPads. Classrooms have interactive projectors and document cameras to support student learning. Staff across the network have access to a wide range of technology tools to support their work--including Lenovo ThinkPads, WebEx and Zoom.

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