From the moment I started 5th grade to the moment I graduated college, my teachers rooted for me. That's more than just teaching. That's love.Nathan Woods, Alumnus and Teacher, KIPP DC
I just wanted to be a part of what my son was a part of. And I stayed because it felt like family.Deborah Riley, Parent and Regional Staff, KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools
English Language Arts is taught through the KIPP Wheatley curriculum in grades K-8. KIPP Wheatley curriculum provides opportunities for close reading, writing, and speaking based on high-quality, diverse, and culturally relevant texts to ensure students are college-ready.
Math is taught through Eureka Math, a nationally recognized curriculum for alignment to college ready standards in grades PK-12. Published by Great minds, Eureka Math presents mathematics in a logical progression crafted to reduce learning gaps, develop persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced mathematical concepts.
KIPP schools are public charter schools and are open to all students. There is no application or selection process to enroll at KIPP. Any student can attend a local KIPP school as long as he or she meets the residency requirements of the local school district and there is space available at his or her grade level.
The enrollment process is relatively simple and is managed at the local level, so the process is different depending on where you live. Use our School Directory to find a KIPP school near you, and learn more about how to enroll.
New KIPP schools start with a single grade level and then admit one additional grade level each year until reaching full enrollment. New KIPP middle schools open with just a fifth grade, then admit fifth and sixth graders in year two, then admit fifth, sixth, and seventh graders in year three, and fifth through eighth graders in year four.
Anyone can attend KIPP. There are no admissions requirements. KIPP schools are tuition-free, public schools open to all students, including English Language Learners and students with special education needs. 17 percent of KIPP students are designated ELL and 10 percent receive special education services.
There is no application required for enrollment.
All KIPP schools have their own calendars and bell schedules. Use our School Directory to access the website for your child’s school, or call a KIPP school near you to obtain that information.
When parent demand exceeds enrollment capacity at the school, students are admitted based upon on a lottery. Lotteries are typically held in the late winter or early spring.
If students apply after the date of the lottery, they will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, as spaces become available.
Use our School Directory to check with a KIPP school near you for specific dates and details.
KIPP schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.
To gain this extra time, KIPP schools feature a longer school day (typically from 7:30am until 4:00pm), as well as summer school. This extra time allows KIPP schools to offer a strong academic program along with art, music and other extracurriculars as part of the school day.
KIPP was started by two teachers and we know that quality teaching is the single most influential factor in a student’s success. KIPP teachers share one unifying characteristic: an unyielding belief that all children can and will learn. KIPP schools employ mission-driven teachers from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and constantly help them improve their craft with supportive professional development programs and personal coaching.
KIPP schools comply with any applicable state and federal laws, and certification requirements for public charter school teachers vary by state. While many KIPP schools look for candidates with at least two years of prior teaching experience, several schools offer programs designed specifically for new teachers.
Visit our Highly Effective Teachers page to learn more.
If you want to apply to teach at a KIPP school, start here.