FAQ

 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)

Q: How can I enroll my child in a KIPP LA school?

A:To enroll your child in KIPP LA's middle schools or elementary school, you must fill out an Intent to Enroll form or Interest Form in the spring. If a school receives applications from more students than it has space for, a lottery will be held in late spring. KIPP LA schools do not have any admissions requirements; our schools accept students regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background. To learn more about enrolling your child in a KIPP LA school, please click here.

Q: Are KIPP LA schools public schools?
A: Yes, KIPP LA schools are public charter schools. They receive public funding and are held accountable for academic results and financial practices, like traditional public schools. However, public charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools.

Q: What grades does KIPP LA serve?
A: KIPP LA schools currently serve students in elementary schools grades K-4 and middle schools grades 5-8. New KIPP LA elementary and middle schools will add a grade each year and will ultimately serve students in grades K-4 for elementary and 5-8 for middle schools. 

Q: Why does KIPP start middle school in the fifth grade?

A: At KIPP, we believe that fifth grade is a critical turning point in a child's education. By fifth grade, most students in the public schools in our communities have already fallen behind - but with high expectations, hard work, and more time in the classroom, they can still catch up and be put on the path to college.

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.

Q: What are the chances of my child getting into a KIPP LA school?
A:
It depends on how many students apply for seats at a given KIPP LA school. If a school receives applications from more students than it has space for, a lottery will be held in late spring. KIPP LA schools do not have any admissions requirements; our schools accept students regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background. To learn more about enrolling your child in a KIPP LA school, please click here .

Q: Do KIPP LA students need to re-apply each year?
A: No. Once a child receives a spot in a given KIPP LA school, he/she is guaranteed a spot there until he/she completes the final grade offered in that school.

Q: Do you have to pay to attend a KIPP LA school?

A: Absolutely not. KIPP LA schools are tuition-free public charter schools.

Q: Do you plan to open any high schools?
A: KIPP LA has no plans to open a KIPP high school. We believe that the landscape of quality, rigorous, college-preparatory high schools in Los Angeles, as well as across the state and country, is diverse enough to support all our students' needs. KIPP LA schools work tirelessly beginning in fifth grade to expose our students to their high school options. If students and parents work hard too, every KIPPster should be fully prepared to gain acceptance to a top college-preparatory high school, whether public or private.

Q: How do I apply to teach at a KIPP LA school?
A: KIPP LA schools seek qualified, passionate individuals for teaching positions in our elementary and middle schools. To find out more about working for KIPP LA, please visit our career page here .

Q: What is an Academic Performance Index (API) score?
A: The Academic Performance Index (API) is a key measurement California uses to assess public schools' academic performance. A school's API score is calculated based on how its students perform on state standardized tests. The API scale ranges from 200 to 1000.

Q: Is KIPP Academy of Opportunity affiliated with the neighboring church?
A: No. KIPP Academy of Opportunity leases its classrooms from the church, but is not affiliated with the church. It is a secular public charter school.

Q: Does KIPP LA receive public funding?
A: Yes. As public charter schools, we receive funds from federal, state, and local government. State funding represents the majority of our public funding, and unfortunately, per-pupil funding in California ranks towards the bottom among the 50 states and Washington, DC. As a result, public funding typically covers approximately 75 percent of our budget. In order to provide our students the well-rounded, college-preparatory education they deserve, we must raise funds from private sources to fill the gap.

Q: For a child to enroll in kindergarten at a KIPP LA elementary school, by what date do they have to be 5 years old?
A: Like all public schools in California, students must turn five years old by a specific date in order to enroll in kindergarten at KIPP LA's elementary schools in a given year. Below is the specific policy and dates by school year:

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.

 

KIPP LA Schools

A non-profit organization that operates high-performing elementary and middle public charter schools in South and East Los Angeles. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network, which is dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.