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 2018-19 school year, we will be accepting applications for transitional kindergarten (TK) for children born between September 2nd-December 2nd of 2013.
Example: If you would like to enroll your child in kindergarten at a KIPP LA elementary school for the 2018-19 school year, your child must turn five years old by September 1, 2013.
The Five Pillars
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:
KIPP LA's Five Pillars:
Clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that creates and reinforces 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.
Strength of Character:
Success in life depends on more than academic learning. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success. And we empower them to express their voice with power and to improve the world around them.
Highly-Skilled Teachers and Leaders:
Great schools require great teachers
and school leaders. We empower our school teams and invest in leadership
and training rather than in bureaucracy.
Safe & Structured Environments:
Physical and emotional safety is needed
for students to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes.
Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions so our students love school and maximize their learning.
KIPP Through College:
Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college.
KIPP Compton Community School
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