Teaching at KIPP
KIPP teachers create classrooms defined by high expectations because they believe in every student's unlimited potential. Alongside a committed team, KIPP teachers deliver tailored instruction to support student success into college, career, and beyond.
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Students see how my journey might be similar to theirs. I try to lead by example. I try to show them what grit and optimism look like in real life.
Leyla Bravo-Willey, Fisher Fellow, KIPP Miami Schools
Students see how my journey might be similar to theirs. I try to lead by example. I try to show them what grit and optimism look like in real life.Leyla Bravo-Willey, Fisher Fellow, KIPP Miami Schools
A student's brain is like a sponge, and it is our duty as teachers to imprint a positive tattoo on that brain of: joy, curiosity, grit, and love.
Jerald Wolff, Teacher, KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools
A student's brain is like a sponge, and it is our duty as teachers to imprint a positive tattoo on that brain of: joy, curiosity, grit, and love.Jerald Wolff, Teacher, KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools
You will build so many amazing relationships here that you wouldn’t think of. The level of support inside and outside the classroom is incredible.
Jenene Phillips, Teacher and Parent, KIPP Nashville
You will build so many amazing relationships here that you wouldn’t think of. The level of support inside and outside the classroom is incredible.Jenene Phillips, Teacher and Parent, KIPP Nashville
My principal said, "Create an engineering program. I believe in you." Years later, my kids are passionate about inventing. I feel lucky.
Kyle Kenan, Teacher, KIPP Houston Public Schools
My principal said, "Create an engineering program. I believe in you." Years later, my kids are passionate about inventing. I feel lucky.Kyle Kenan, Teacher, KIPP Houston Public Schools
I have school leaders that care about me as a person and support my professional growth. My grade-level team is like a family.
Kwame Carey, Teacher, KIPP ENC College Prep Public Schools
I have school leaders that care about me as a person and support my professional growth. My grade-level team is like a family.Kwame Carey, Teacher, KIPP ENC College Prep Public Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
The application process for all jobs is handled locally by individual KIPP schools, regions, or by the KIPP Foundation, depending on the position. Visit the Apply Now section of our website and follow the instructions in the job posting. Or, use our School Directory to contact a KIPP school directly.
KIPP teachers are a diverse group, including experienced teachers who have worked in schools serving educationally underserved students, new teachers who are just beginning their careers, and career changers who are entering the classroom after succeeding in another profession.
Across our network, more than 60 percent of our teachers are African American or Latinx, a quarter of our teachers have graduate degrees or higher, and a fifth are Teach For America alumni.
KIPP school leaders have experience and backgrounds that are similar to our teachers, but they have typically spent a longer time in the classroom.
Our teachers are driven by KIPP’s mission: to prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. KIPP teachers are committed to racial justice and equity; they set high academic standards for their classrooms; and they meet students where they are to give them the support they need to succeed.
Additionally, KIPP schools comply with any applicable state and federal laws, and certification requirements for 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 Teachers page to learn more.
Each KIPP school is managed locally, and hiring decisions are made at the level of the individual school. For more information about the requirements to teach at a specific KIPP school, visit our School Directory to access an individual school’s website.
Please note: to be considered for a teaching position at a KIPP school, you must have legal authorization to work in the United States. You can contact the KIPP region you are interested in to find out if they will sponsor a work visa.
Our Assistant Principals lead instruction and school culture. They support the development of teachers through observation and feedback, data-driven instruction, and reviewing student work. Assistant Principals are apprentices to School Leaders and are actively developed for school leadership through training such as the Leadership Team Program and the Miles Family Fellowship. This is a powerful way to make an impact at KIPP as a member of the leadership team and become deeply familiar with your school and KIPP.
KIPP school leader candidates must be committed to our mission to prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. Our school leaders are constant learners who have a desire to build deep relationships with students and families and create a school environment where all students can learn.
Additionally, all candidates should have:
- Instructional expertise in a K-12 classroom
- At least two years of teaching and/or leadership experience in a low-income school with demonstrated exemplary student results (“low-income school” is a school in which over 50 percent of the student population qualifies for the federal free and reduced meals program)
- A record of success in leading adults
- The capacity to define a vision, build a team, and achieve results despite tremendous obstacles
- Broad experience as an instructional leader to teachers of all subjects
The KIPP Foundation recruits school leaders through two, year-long fellowship programs. For more information, visit Fisher Fellowship.
Many opportunities exist to join KIPP as part of a national, regional, or school-based support team. Here are just a few roles that KIPP team members play to support excellence in KIPP schools:
- National and regional experts in communications, technology, curriculum development, organizational management, and more
- Counselors and mentors for KIPP Through College
- School site social workers
- Bus drivers and food service managers
- Accountants, business managers, and human resources professionals
We look for candidates that have both professional expertise as well as a belief and commitment to KIPP’s mission of preparing students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose. Individual job opportunities and requirements vary by role and are specified in the job description.