KIPP Austin Public Schools
is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year lottery.
KIPP Austin Public Schools is a network of free, college-prep public charter schools serving students from Kindergarten through the 12th grade and supporting our students through college.
For the 2017-18 school year, we are accepting applications for all grades (K-12). We will be accepting approximately 500 new Kindergarten students to our four elementary schools, all of which are dual-language! We will limited spots available for all other grade levels.
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. There are currently 183 KIPP schools in the US, with 10 in the Austin area!
Our focus is on empowering each and every one of our students to develop and strengthen the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to thrive in and graduate from four-year colleges and universities, giving them the freedom to shape their futures and positively impact their communities.
KIPP Austin Public Schools serves low-income and traditionally underserved students in Austin, Texas. Our first KIPP Austin school was founded in 2002 and we have now grown to a total of ten schools located on three campuses: four elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools. Our four elementary schools implement dual-language Spanish and English programs.
How is KIPP Austin different from other schools?
At KIPP Austin Public Schools, we work as a team and a family to do whatever it takes to help our students succeed. All students, families, and teachers choose to commit to our rigorous program. In order to develop academic skills and intellectual habits, students are in school for more time: extra hours each day, selected Saturdays, and a mandatory summer program. They also complete homework every night. Because students need strong character to achieve our mission, we focus on character development and hold all students to high expectations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll at KIPP?
First, submit your application online or in person, at any of our schools. If more applications are received for any grade than there are spots available, we will hold a lottery to determine the order in which students are offered admission. The lottery will be held at the end of February, 2017. The deadline to enter the lottery is February 15, 2017. Any applications received after this date are entered into a wait list in the order received. Families are then notified if and when spots become available. The lottery is a fair, random process, and we offer lottery priority to the siblings of current KIPP Austin students and to the children of our full time employees.
Are there any requirements?
We have two requirements:
Students must currently live within one of the following Independent School Districts: Austin, Bastrop, Del Valle, Elgin, Hays, Hutto, Leander, Manor, Pflugerville, and Round Rock. This covers most of Austin and surrounding areas.
To enroll in Kindergarten, students must be at least 5 years old by September 1, 2017. If your child does not meet the age requirement this year, you may submit their application so that we can keep your info on file and remind you to reapply once they meet the age requirement.
Why should I enter the lottery and what is the deadline for entering?
Applying before our lottery deadline (Feb. 15) will give your child the highest chance of being offered a spot at KIPP. If you miss the deadline, you may submit a wait list application starting on February 16. However, sibling or employee priority is ONLY offered for applications received at KIPP before our lottery deadline. It’s best to apply as early as possible - the application is short, simple, and free.
How many times can I apply?
Please submit only one application per year either online or in person, at any of our schools. Submitting more than one will not increase your child’s chances of enrolling at KIPP. If you are on our wait list for the current school year, you need to reapply for the lottery - a new application is required each year.
What happens after I submit an application?
If you submitted your lottery application before January 15, we will contact you by phone or email before our lottery to confirm your contact info and ongoing interest in participating in the lottery. If you submit your application between January 15 and February 15, we will not contact you to confirm your info; you will automatically be included in the lottery.
The lottery will be held at the end of February. At the end of March, you will receive a letter with lottery results and next steps. If your child’s name is not selected in the lottery, they will be placed on the school’s wait list. If and when a spot becomes available, we will notify your family.
Which immunizations do you require?
For the most recent list of immunization requirements, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/#schools.
How can I visit a KIPP school or learn more about upcoming events?
We will hold several information sessions this year where families can come to our campuses, meet principals and staff members, and ask any questions they might have about KIPP. Dates will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page. Our Facebook page is the best way to learn more about upcoming events and deadlines!
If you have questions, please contact us! We are here to help.