Together, A Future Without Limits
KIPP Public Schools is a national network of tuition-free public schools educating 120,000 students in grades Prek-12 across 21 states and Washington, DC. Together, our students are lighting ever-wider paths to opportunity and change. For themselves. For all those who will follow them. And for us all.
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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 Regional Staff, KIPP DC
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 Regional Staff, KIPP DC
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
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
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
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.
To achieve our mission, we support students to become strong readers from the start. Our multi-year focus on early literacy was created with the goal of strengthening K-2 instruction through intentional, comprehensive, research-based instruction in foundational skills. Our early literacy approach is rooted in science, partnership with families, and joyful learning. You can read more about it here.
Throughout grades K-8, English Language Arts is taught through the KIPP Wheatley curriculum. KIPP Wheatley, developed in-house alongside Great Minds, provides opportunities for close reading, writing, and speaking based on high-quality, diverse, and texts that are culturally relevant to students within a comprehensive, college-ready curriculum.
Math is taught through Eureka Math a nationally-recognized curriculum that aligns college ready standards with instruction for grades PK-12. Published by Great Minds, Eureka Math presents mathematics in a logical progression designed 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. 18 percent of KIPP students are designated ELL and 12 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 was started by two teachers, and we know that quality teaching is the single most influential factor in a student’s success. Alongside a committed team, KIPP teachers support each student to pursue their highest aspirations.
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.