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  • One of the key tenets of charter schools is their ability to innovate. That innovation can take many forms, and at KIPP charter schools it often means a longer school day and year. At Albany’s KIPP Tech Valley Primary Charter School scholars are afforded non-optional summer programming to ensure they are learning all year long. 

    We recently caught up with School Leader Maya Tucci to check in on the summer program and how the school’s youngest scholars are responding to it.

    “One of the pillars of KIPP is more time, which for us means a longer school year. We provide our students with 200 days of learning, over the traditional 180. We prioritize summer learning, and it starts with our kids entering Kindergarten. The first part of our program for our youngest students focuses on school rules and what types of behavior we expect. We then move on to learn about the school values, routines, and eventually get immersed in academics,” Tucci said.

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    On a lazy day in June, two months before kindergarten would open at a brand new charter school in Albany, 5-year-old Taylan Davis made some promises to the nicely dressed adults sitting on his living room couch.
    "Promise No. 1," he repeated after them, "I will be nice every day."
    "Promise No. 2," he continued, "I will work hard every day."
    "Promise No. 3," he finished, "I will be safe every day."
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Our Vision

KIPP: Tech Valley Primary Charter School students will develop habits of mind and heart needed to fully engage as global citizens in the 21st century. High expectations for academic excellence and behavioral norms will be balanced with the consistent acknowledgement of effort and demonstration of empathy. Students will be empowered to build their own identities and influence their future. Here, education will be an inclusive process that strongly embraces our families, responds to the context of our community, and encourages students to apply what they learn at school to making positive changes in their world.

KTV Primary School opened its doors in August 2016 with four sections of kindergarten classes. When fully grown in the 2020-2021 school year, KTV Primary will host students in grades K through four. Students will then attend KIPP: Tech Valley Charter Middle School for their fifth through eighth grade experience. The focus of both the culture and the curriculum of the school is based in the Whole Child Approach to Learning and emphasizes the real world application of knowledge, skills, and character habits learned in school. KIPP Tech Valley Primary Charter School also aims to ensure that the curriculum is context responsive in addition to ensuring students are on the trajectory to college readiness according to the New York State Common Core Standards.


Engagement - Students will actively engage in problem solving, critical thinking, academic discourse, play, and community activities outside of the school setting. As a school we commit to engaging our students, families and community in the work that we do each day.

Empathy - Students consider others perspectives in moments of celebration and conflict, and use this understanding to make decisions on how to treat people in a given situation. As a school, we will balance empathy with high expectations because we realize that our decisions impact the lives of students and families

Effort - Students understand that effort yields its own rewards, and that sometimes things require you to work extremely hard . As a school, we will work hard each day to ensure we are completing our mission and fulfilling our promises to students and families, even when it’s hard

Excellence - Students will aim to exceed what is expected of them, always going above and beyond to present their best self. As a school, we commit to excellence by setting high expectations for students and families and providing support to meet them.

Empowerment - Students will feel empowered to influence outcomes in their lives through the reputation they create by what they choose to do and say. As a school, we commit to creating experiences that will empower our students and families on the path to and through college.

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Maya Tucci

Founding Principal - KTV Primary School

Maya Tucci will begin her tenth year in education as founding principal of KIPP: TECH VALLEY Elementary School in Albany, NY in the fall of 2016. She is returning to her hometown after gaining experience at KIPP: NYC as both a leader and a teacher. After teaching kindergarten at KIPP: STAR Elementary School, Maya moved into a leadership role as a Dean of Teaching and Learning, coaching teachers and managing curriculum for grades K-3. Prior to her work in New York City, she taught for four years at KIPP: TECH VALLEY Middle School in Albany. Maya began as the 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher, taught 5th and 6th grade English Language Arts, and acted as the ELA Department Coordinator. She has an M.S. in Special Education Inclusion from the University at Albany, and a B.S. in Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish from the College of Saint Rose. Maya aspires to work with teachers and families to build a culture that consistently models strong academic and character habits for students beginning on their very first day of school.