Families: Together We Are Stronger

Now more than ever we're committed to making sure families are supported. Below, find local and national resources related to remote learning, financial support, meal access, and health and safety.

Support For Families
During COVID-19

  • Help Kids Adjust To Learning At Home
  • Access Internet, Meals, and Financial Resources
  • Keep Your Family Healthy
  • Find Local Information
  • Help Kids Adjust To Learning At Home
    • Remote Learning Websites and Resources
    • Talking to Kids About Coronavirus
  • Access Internet, Meals, and Financial Resources
    • Internet Access
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Financial Resources and Articles
    • Resources For Spanish-Speaking Families
    • Internet Access

      Internet Access

    • Food and Nutrition

      Food and Nutrition

      • Feeding America: Find food banks in your community.
      • Why Hunger: Find community-based organizations and emergency food providers.
      • No Kid Hungry: Many children are losing the school meals they depend on, and low-income families are losing wages, No Kid Hungry is dedicated to helping children and families impacted by coronavirus. 
    • Financial Resources and Articles

      Financial Resources and Articles

      KIPP Foundation Financial Planning Workshops

      These resources were developed as part of a financial planning virtual series hosted by the National KIPP Alumni Network and Ashley Copeland, CEO of Stacks and the City.

      • A presentation on emergency financial planning, including knowing your rights with landlords, budgeting, and prioritizing financial obligations.
      • A resource guide (English and Spanish) for managing finances during COVID-19, including guidance on unemployment, leave, and nutrition benefits; and on mortgage, rent, and student loan payments.
      • A sample budget worksheet in Microsoft Word or Excel to help outline monthly income and expenses.

      Additional Resources

    • Resources For Spanish-Speaking Families

      Resources For Spanish-Speaking Families

      Recursos para la comunidad inmigrante durante el coronavirus: Inmigrante Informado is compiling information on the national and state-level coronavirus response. (English version) 

  • Keep Your Family Healthy
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources
    • Other Health Resources  
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

      Check the CDC website for regular public health updates on COVID-19. A selection of resources is below. 

    • Other Health Resources  

      Other Health Resources  

      • Peer Health Exchange: A library of health resources to help high school students take care of themselves during this time.
      • KIPP Blog: BIPOC Mental Health Resources For Educators And Families.
  • Find Local Information
    • KIPP Regional Websites
    • Other Resources From KIPP Regions
    • KIPP Regional Websites

      KIPP Regional Websites

      KIPP regional websites or social media sites may provide the most up-to-date details for student meals and additional support provided by your locality, county, or state. Check your region’s website for local information. For a selection of resources, visit: 

    • Other Resources From KIPP Regions

      Other Resources From KIPP Regions

      • COVID-19 Resource Bank: An open-source repository of resources, templates, and guidelines shared by KIPP regions and other education leaders to help support staff, students, and families.

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.

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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

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

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.

Learn More

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 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.