Welcome Families

KIPP schools work closely with families to create a welcoming school environment where students can flourish. Through phone calls, emails, home visits, and parent-teacher conferences, KIPP schools regularly communicate with families about their child's academic development.

Enroll at a KIPP School

KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. When parent demand exceeds enrollment capacity at a KIPP school, students are admitted based upon a lottery. To enroll your child in a KIPP school, please contact the school in your community directly by phone or email.

  • 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

What to Expect at KIPP

All KIPP schools share a common approach  and yet every KIPP school is unique. Tour a school to better understand the culture, schedule, and curriculum.

A safe, structured, and nurturing environment

Students need physical and emotional safety in order to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide an environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.

A three-way partnership

By choosing KIPP, students, parents, and teachers make a commitment to excellence. All three parties are in it together. They sign a learning pledge called the "Commitment to Excellence," which ensures that each will do whatever it takes to help the student learn.

High expectations

We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.

Meet KIPP Families

KIPP Parents Erica Mitchell and Mikal Ellis
Family Member
Erica Mitchell and Mikal Ellis

To watch my daughter on the path of becoming better than me - that was special.

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KIPP Student Murtada Mahmood
Student
Murtada Mahmood

I lived in countries of war...but these things, these things in my past, they are not a barrier for me—they are me.

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KIPP Staff Deborah Riley
Regional Staff and Family Member
Deborah Riley

I just wanted to be a part of what my son was a part of. And I stayed because it felt like family.

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KIPP Houston Alumni Josue Coronado
Alum
Josué Coronado

Mr. Contreras helped me realize that I should never be ashamed of where I come from.

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KIPP Parent Tafshier Cosby
Family Member
Tafshier Cosby

Parent voices are so important. We are our children’s first teachers.

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KIPP Alumni Brittany Ballentine
Alum
Brittany Ballentine

When I’m dancing, I forget about any problems occurring in the world. It allows me to be free.

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KIPP Student Isaiah Martin Wroten
Student
Isaiah Martin-Wroten

KIPP doesn’t try to stop people from learning or creating. No, they do the opposite.

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KIPP Student Leslie Mendoza
Student
Leslie Mendoza

I still dream in Spanish. But English isn't scary anymore.

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KIPP Teacher Jay Guzman
Alum and Teacher
Jay Guzman

Before Mr. Harris left, he looked me in the eye and said, “Jay. Don’t mess this up.” I didn’t. I graduated on the dean’s list.

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KIPP Alumna Thomaia Pamplin
Alum
Thomaia Pamplin

Recording constituent's messages, passing them off to aides and correspondents, I realized that our opinions do matter. They do filter through. It might not feel easy at times, but we are...we are all connected.

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KIPP Parents Cynthia Ledesma and Jessica Oelrich
Family Member
Cynthia Ledesma

The teacher – I don’t know if I can say this without crying! – she just gets my daughter.

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Sample Curriculum

We know a high quality curriculum is one of the most influential factors on student achievement and plays a critical role in unlocking the potential of both students and teachers. Parents should speak to teachers about what their kids will be learning in each of their classrooms.

KIPP LA Students Joy With Reading

Literacy

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.

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KIPP NYC College Prep Math Class

Math

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.

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Enrollment

  • 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.