Q:What is a charter school?
A: Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them. Source: US Charter Schools (uscharterschools.org)
While KIPP LA is proud of the strong results our middle schools have produced, we have learned that the schools surmount serious challenges in their efforts to bring students up to grade level when fifth graders enroll performing at a second or third grade level. In the last few years, it has become clear that most KIPP LA students would benefit from entering KIPP in elementary school. For this reason, we plan to open seven KIPP elementary schools over the next decade.
A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before one of the following dates (EC 48000[a]):
For the 2016-17 school year, we will be accepting applications for transitional kindergarten (TK) for children born between September 2nd-December 2nd of 2011.
Example: If you would like to enroll your child in kindergarten at a KIPP LA elementary school for the 2016-17 school year, your child must turn five years old by September 1.
The Five Pillars
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:
High Expectations. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create a culture of achievement and support, an environment in which students are prepared for the rigors of high school and college.
Choice & Commitment. Everyone at KIPP makes a commitment to his or her school and to one another to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
More Time. With an extended school day, week, and year, students spend more time in school learning and have more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
Power To Lead. The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders. They are free to innovate, make staffing changes, and swiftly move dollars, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
Focus On Results. KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures, as well as emphasize continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
KIPP Academy of Innovation
KIPP Academy of Opportunity
KIPP Corazón Academy
KIPP Comienza Community Prep
KIPP Ignite Academy
KIPP Empower Academy
KIPP Iluminar Academy
KIPP Los Angeles College Prep
KIPP Philosophers Academy
KIPP Promesa Preparatory Academy
KIPP Raices Academy
KIPP Scholar Academy
KIPP Sol Academy
KIPP Vida Preparatory