JOSEPH “JAY” LIPP
Aero/Hydrospace Engineering & Physical Sciences Magnet High School
Bridgeport Public Schools, Connecticut
During Joseph “Jay” Lipp’s tenure as principal, nominators have witnessed considerable growth and success due to his leadership, not only in satisfying MSAP performance objectives, but with the establishment of an effective staff and school community.
Principal Lipp has made great strides in closing the achievement gap with regard to minority group isolation. In fact, three times the number of the school’s minority students reach the benchmark on both SAT test than the district and state. Additionally, the Aerospace and Hydrospace Engineering School boasts a district-leading 98% graduation rate, as well as an 80% college readiness index.
In addition, people note one of the most compelling attributes of Principal Lipp’s leadership is his
ability to build a nurturing school community. He supports his staff and values their insight as is evidenced by his approach of collaboration and empowerment. Teachers have created new courses with his support and have employed innovative instructional approaches for more effective learning. He also also constantly seeks partnerships and growth opportunities and has supported the emergence of student clubs and organizations such as the Maker’s Guild, the Ten 80 Competition Club, and the Gaming Club.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.