Jonathan’s Story

Desire, Discipline, Dedication

Jonathan Duncan

KIPP Tulsa College Preporatory

Jonathan Duncan has his choices for college narrowed down to three. And he’s only in seventh grade.

Jonathan attends KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory, a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency, where he enjoys sports and playing trumpet in the band.

KIPP stands for Knowledge is Power Program and is part of a national network of 109 non-selective, tuition-free, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP Tulsa currently serves 320 fifth through eighth graders in north Tulsa.

Jonathan also enjoys learning and it pours out in everything he says.

Jonathan speaks highly of his teachers, in particular his math teacher, who helped him develop his love of math. “You don’t even want to talk in her class – she’s that good of a teacher,” he explains.

Jonathan can tell you immediately what year he will graduate high school and go to college – 2017.

Students at KIPP Tulsa attend class from 7:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. as well as once a month on Saturdays and summer school. Jonathan admits that this made him nervous at first, but he’s gotten used to it now. “Even though you go [to school] till five, it’s worth it when you know you’re doing a good job.”

Jonathan knows he needs to stay focused on what KIPP calls The Three D’s: Desire, Discipline and Dedication. He also knows he’s preparing for his future.

“Someday you’re going to get a job and have to work till 5, so you know if you can do it now, you can do it then.”