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    Free Transportation

    KIPP Texas provides free school bus transportation.

  • High Expectations

    Whole Child Development

    We believe that our students need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to succeed in college and the world beyond.

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    Individualized Excellence

    We create a culture of support, achievement and personalized learning based on each student’s needs, skills, and interests

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    KIPP Through College

    Our students earn four-year college degrees at a rate comparable to the national average and 3x the rate than the national average for families in educationally underserved communities.

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Fulfilling Lives

KIPP Texas is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose — college, career, and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

KIPP Texas is Team & Family

KIPP Texas schools provide a safe and positive learning environment, where culture and diversity are respected and celebrated.

Elementary School

Personalized Instruction

Personalized Instruction

Classes at KIPP Texas are small so that each student gets more attention. Plus, teachers use technology and find creative ways to keep children motivated to learn.

Academics, Arts, and Physical Education

Academics Arts and Physical Education

Students in our schools explore and learn all day long. Art, extracurricular, and physical education activities that offer unique opportunities for growth and development are incorporated throughout the school day. Each school decides on the best-fit activities for their KIPPsters.

It Takes A Village

Team Family Matters

A student’s success is everyone’s success. At KIPP Texas, students, teachers, staff, and parents come together regularly to celebrate accomplishments, reflect on how we can improve, and how everyone can get involved.

Middle School

Whole Child Development

Character Development

We know that success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice to improve the world around them.

Independent Thinking

Independent Thinking

KIPPsters take advantage of opportunities to foster and develop independence to prepare them for college and beyond. From student-led discussions, to analyzing texts, to researching and visiting local colleges, KIPP students grow by stepping out of their comfort zone and succeeding in new situations.

Communication Between Staff, Students, and Families

Communication Between Staff Students and Families

Central to our students’ success is great communication. Strong relationships between families, students and teachers are just part of our DNA at KIPP. That’s why teachers are in touch so frequently, and in so many ways, like sending positive text messages to parents about their child’s character growth, or helping students with homework when requested.

High School

Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities

Co Curricular and Extra Curricular Activities

KIPP high schoolers explore interests and develop passions in classes like Film Production, Dance, or Theatre Arts. In addition to core classes, our wide-range of electives and extracurricular activities give KIPPsters a well-rounded and engaging high school experience.

College Level Preparation

College Level Preparation

What’s the best way to prepare for college? Take a college course! KIPP schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programming to prepare our graduates for the rigor of college.

Individualized College Counseling

Individualized College Counseling

Students work alongside their KIPP Through College advisor as they prepare for and select the right college and career for their needs and interests. This way, students have as many options as possible open to them when they graduate high school.

College & Career

Support After Graduation

Support After Graduation

KIPP Through College Counselors know what it takes for students to succeed in college and in their careers. They are always just an email or a phone call away to help navigate college applications, offer advice on college and career choices, or be a listening ear. Learn more.

Real-world Experience

Real world Experience

Networking events. Career nights. Mock interviews. Leadership training. Job shadowing. Internship opportunities. At KIPP Through College events, students gain exposure to “real world” opportunities.

Connections

Connections

With more than 97 college partners and a network of 12,000 KIPP alumni currently in colleges and universities across the country, KIPPsters have connections on campus. Alumni stay in touch through in-person events and online social networking. They support each other as big milestones approach.

Special Education

Equitable Learning Environment

fellowship

Special Education teachers consistently contribute to planning and executing high-impact instruction.

Advancing Access

Students in Special Education will have consistent access to the core curriculum through effective implementation of strategic, high-leverage accommodations.

Programming

We reach all learners by leveraging content and strategy expertise through collaborative planning and delivery through tailored content development, improved instructional practices, an improved approach to developing IEPs, and more tools for responsive teaching.

Personalized Instruction

Classes at KIPP Texas are small so that each student gets more attention. Plus, teachers use technology and find creative ways to keep children motivated to learn.

Personalized Instruction

Academics, Arts, and Physical Education

Students in our schools explore and learn all day long. Art, extracurricular, and physical education activities that offer unique opportunities for growth and development are incorporated throughout the school day. Each school decides on the best-fit activities for their KIPPsters.

Academics Arts and Physical Education

It Takes A Village

A student’s success is everyone’s success. At KIPP Texas, students, teachers, staff, and parents come together regularly to celebrate accomplishments, reflect on how we can improve, and how everyone can get involved.

Team Family Matters

Whole Child Development

We know that success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice to improve the world around them.

Character Development

Independent Thinking

KIPPsters take advantage of opportunities to foster and develop independence to prepare them for college and beyond. From student-led discussions, to analyzing texts, to researching and visiting local colleges, KIPP students grow by stepping out of their comfort zone and succeeding in new situations.

Independent Thinking

Communication Between Staff, Students, and Families

Central to our students’ success is great communication. Strong relationships between families, students and teachers are just part of our DNA at KIPP. That’s why teachers are in touch so frequently, and in so many ways, like sending positive text messages to parents about their child’s character growth, or helping students with homework when requested.

Communication Between Staff Students and Families

Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities

KIPP high schoolers explore interests and develop passions in classes like Film Production, Dance, or Theatre Arts. In addition to core classes, our wide-range of electives and extracurricular activities give KIPPsters a well-rounded and engaging high school experience.

Co Curricular and Extra Curricular Activities

College Level Preparation

What’s the best way to prepare for college? Take a college course! KIPP schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programming to prepare our graduates for the rigor of college.

College Level Preparation

Individualized College Counseling

Students work alongside their KIPP Through College advisor as they prepare for and select the right college and career for their needs and interests. This way, students have as many options as possible open to them when they graduate high school.

Individualized College Counseling

Support After Graduation

KIPP Through College Counselors know what it takes for students to succeed in college and in their careers. They are always just an email or a phone call away to help navigate college applications, offer advice on college and career choices, or be a listening ear. Learn more.

Support After Graduation

Real-world Experience

Networking events. Career nights. Mock interviews. Leadership training. Job shadowing. Internship opportunities. At KIPP Through College events, students gain exposure to “real world” opportunities.

Real world Experience

Connections

With more than 97 college partners and a network of 12,000 KIPP alumni currently in colleges and universities across the country, KIPPsters have connections on campus. Alumni stay in touch through in-person events and online social networking. They support each other as big milestones approach.

Connections

Equitable Learning Environment

Special Education teachers consistently contribute to planning and executing high-impact instruction.

fellowship

Advancing Access

Students in Special Education will have consistent access to the core curriculum through effective implementation of strategic, high-leverage accommodations.

Programming

We reach all learners by leveraging content and strategy expertise through collaborative planning and delivery through tailored content development, improved instructional practices, an improved approach to developing IEPs, and more tools for responsive teaching.

Meet Your Student Recruitment Manager

We are in each city, ready to meet and support you through the application and registration process. Join us at upcoming events in and throughout the city.

Stages to Enrollment

Enrollment is open to all students.

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Application

Applications are required for all potential students not currently enrolled in a KIPP Texas school. The lottery for the 2020-21 school year will take place on March 2, 2020. On this day, names are drawn through a random, automated lottery process, and families are notified of their admission status soon afterward. KIPP Texas offers preference to 1) students in the neighborhoods (zip codes) around KIPP Texas schools, 2) the siblings of a student attending a KIPP Texas school during the current school year, and 3) when families have multiple applicants, if one applicant of a is offered a seat and registers, any sibling who has also applied will receive a sibling preference. If there are not enough open seats available, children will be placed on a waitlist. If and when seats become available at each KIPP school, we will notify families in the order of the waitlist.

Additionally, families can log into their SchoolMint account to see the status of their child’s enrollment at any time.

APPLY

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Registration

Upon acceptance in a KIPP Texas school, families will be offered the opportunity to register their children. We ask all families to accept and register within one week of receiving their offer. Please work with the accepting school to submit all required documentation.

 

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Re-Enrollment

Each year, our current families will confirm their contact information and re-enroll in our schools.

For rising students, those transitioning from elementary to middle school, and middle to high school, do not have to reapply. Please complete the re-enrollment process, which will confirm the new school you are zoned to attend based on your current address.

Please note, re-enrollment will be unavailable starting February 22-March 2 to allow preparation for the lottery. After the lottery on March 2, students who have not yet re-enrolled at their school can only do so, space available.

 

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Transfer

We believe that students, families and schools are served by consistency. As such, we always intend for returning KIPPsters to attend the same school until the student completes the highest grade level offered by that school. It is our intent to continue to serve and provide transportation to as many students as possible at their current schools. We will never require anyone to change schools. However, we recognize that family circumstances may mean that transferring schools is preferable for the student. More details on the process will be provided when the transfer window is open.

We are currently not accepting new Transfer Requests.

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Orientation

Each summer, our schools host multi-day events to ensure our families and students are set-up for success to start the school year strong. Please hold the date provided by your school to learn about the child nutrition program, confirm your bus stop and bus schedule, turn in all immunization paperwork, update contact information, and much more.

 

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Application

Applications are required for all potential students not currently enrolled in a KIPP Texas school. The lottery for the 2020-21 school year will take place on March 2, 2020. On this day, names are drawn through a random, automated lottery process, and families are notified of their admission status soon afterward. KIPP Texas offers preference to 1) students in the neighborhoods (zip codes) around KIPP Texas schools, 2) the siblings of a student attending a KIPP Texas school during the current school year, and 3) when families have multiple applicants, if one applicant of a is offered a seat and registers, any sibling who has also applied will receive a sibling preference. If there are not enough open seats available, children will be placed on a waitlist. If and when seats become available at each KIPP school, we will notify families in the order of the waitlist.

Additionally, families can log into their SchoolMint account to see the status of their child’s enrollment at any time.

APPLY

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Registration

Upon acceptance in a KIPP Texas school, families will be offered the opportunity to register their children. We ask all families to accept and register within one week of receiving their offer. Please work with the accepting school to submit all required documentation.

 

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Re-Enrollment

Each year, our current families will confirm their contact information and re-enroll in our schools.

For rising students, those transitioning from elementary to middle school, and middle to high school, do not have to reapply. Please complete the re-enrollment process, which will confirm the new school you are zoned to attend based on your current address.

Please note, re-enrollment will be unavailable starting February 22-March 2 to allow preparation for the lottery. After the lottery on March 2, students who have not yet re-enrolled at their school can only do so, space available.

 

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Transfer

We believe that students, families and schools are served by consistency. As such, we always intend for returning KIPPsters to attend the same school until the student completes the highest grade level offered by that school. It is our intent to continue to serve and provide transportation to as many students as possible at their current schools. We will never require anyone to change schools. However, we recognize that family circumstances may mean that transferring schools is preferable for the student. More details on the process will be provided when the transfer window is open.

We are currently not accepting new Transfer Requests.

Photo of KIPP Texas Students

Orientation

Each summer, our schools host multi-day events to ensure our families and students are set-up for success to start the school year strong. Please hold the date provided by your school to learn about the child nutrition program, confirm your bus stop and bus schedule, turn in all immunization paperwork, update contact information, and much more.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes KIPP Texas different?

At KIPP, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal—college graduation. Through our collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is comparable to the national average for all students and four times higher for students from low-income households. Our success is driven by:

  • High Expectations: KIPP has clearly defined high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that create and reinforce a culture of accomplishment and support.
  • 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. We empower our students 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.
  • Safe & Structured Environments: Physical and emotional safety is necessary for students to feel comfortable taking risks and learning from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environments 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 and life.

Are KIPP Texas schools public schools?

Yes, our schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools.

What grades are available for the 2020-21 school year?

  • KIPP Texas –Austin will serve pre-kindergarten to 12th grade during the 2020-21 school year in 12 schools. See the school map.
  • KIPP Texas – Dallas Fort Worth will serve kindergarten to 12th grade during the 2020-21 school year in seven schools located in East and South Dallas. See the school map.
  • KIPP Texas – Houston will serve pre-K to 12th grade during the 2020-21 school year in 31 schools located throughout the city. See the school map.
  • KIPP Texas – San Antonio will serve kindergarten to 12th grade during the 2020-21 school year in seven schools located in West and Central San Antonio. See the school map.

Do you provide transportation?

Yes, KIPP Texas offers free bus transportation from various bus stops in central locations that have been strategically selected to make it easy for families to attend our schools.

How do I apply for my student to attend KIPP Texas?

You can fill out the online application here or at any of our schools. You can also apply over the phone by calling each Regional Student Recruitment & Enrollment Manager.

Amanda Hernandez
KIPP Texas-Austin Student Recruitment & Enrollment Manager
Email: enrollment@kippaustin.org
Phone: (512) 953-7107

Wilma Mitchell
KIPP Texas-Dallas Fort-Worth Student Recruitment & Enrollment Manager
Email: apply@kippdfw.org
Phone: (214) 448-5866

Chase Weldon
KIPP Texas-Houston Student Recruitment & Enrollment Manager
Email: applyhouston@kipptexas.org
Phone: (713) 251-3800

Jaciel Castro
KIPP Texas-San Antonio Student Recruitment & Enrollment Manager
Email: applySA@kipptexas.org
Phone: (210) 880-8080

When is the deadline to apply for the 2020-21 school year?

Applications must be received by February 21, 2020, to be included in the lottery. Applications received after February 21, 2020, will be placed on the waiting list in the order in which they are received.

When will I find out if my student’s application was selected in the lottery?

After the lottery occurs on March 2, 2020, families will be notified via phone, mail, and/or email. There is no lottery event that parents must attend. Simply fill out the application and it will be included in the lottery. No other action is necessary.

Are there admissions requirements at KIPP schools?

No, there are no academic or behavioral requirements for enrollment, pre-K-12.

What happens after I submit an application?

All applications received by February 21, 2020, will be placed in a lottery. If the number of children interested in a specific grade exceeds the number of seats available for that grade, names will be drawn through a lottery on March 2, 2020. Applications that are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waiting list for that school year. If spaces become available, they will be filled from the applications on the waiting list.

How do I apply to KIPP if I live in Spring Branch ISD?

If you live in Spring Branch ISD and wish to apply to KIPP Courage College Prep, please go to the Spring Branch ISD lottery site, located here. If you have questions, please call (713) 251-3800.

How does the waitlist work?

If the number of children interested in a specific grade at a KIPP Texas school exceeds the number of seats available for that grade, names are drawn through a random, automated lottery process. If there are not enough open seats available, children will be placed on a waitlist. If and when seats become available at each KIPP school, we will notify families in the order of the waitlist.

Waitlists are dynamic! If a student is called off any of our waitlists and accepts the space, and if that student has a sibling on the waitlist, sibling is moved to the top of the waitlist with other siblings in the order of their general lottery number. This puts siblings ahead of any non-sibling waitlist students.

What should I expect? School Mint keeps track of where your student is on the waitlist. To see the status of your child, log into your account here. Be aware that your student’s position on the waitlist may be affected by other students who accept a position and also have siblings on the waitlist. As explained above, waitlist siblings of accepted students are moved ahead of non-sibling waitlist students.

What if I applied after the application deadline? Applications received after February 21, 2020, will be placed on the waitlist in the order in which they are received.

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Does KIPP Texas offer fine arts and athletics?

Although options vary by school, KIPP Texas schools offer a wide variety of fine arts and athletics. Please contact a KIPP school near you for more information.

If a transfer was not approved, does that mean that it will not get approved in the future?

No. We know that circumstances change. If your child’s transfer is denied you are welcome to submit another application the following year if you feel that your change in circumstances warrant another application.

When will transfer decision be made?

Pre-lottery transfer decisions will be communicated to families by their current school between February 25 and February 27. Post-lottery transfer decisions will be communicated to families by their current school between May 21 and May 22.

How will I know if a transfer was approved?

You will receive a letter from your child’s school.

Who do I speak to if I have questions?

You can reach out to your regional Student Recruitment and Enrollment Manager if you have questions about the transfer process.

 

 

Will all of my students be guaranteed a transfer?

No. We are unable to guarantee that all siblings will be approved for a transfer at the same time. Transfer spots will be allocated based on the number of available seats in each grade at each school.

Why was the transfer not approved?

All four KIPP Texas regions grant very few transfers each year. KIPP Texas prioritizes approving transfers based on extenuating circumstances and the availability of open seats.

Will transportation be offered?

This varies by school. Unless stated otherwise by the school, transportation will be provided for students that live within a school’s priority zone.

Who is eligible for free pre-k at a KIPP Texas Public School?

To be eligible for enrollment in a free pre-kindergarten class, a child must be at least three years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year (if a 3-year old program is available) or four years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year (if only a 4-year old program is available) and meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:

-is unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
is educationally disadvantaged (which means a student eligible to participate in the
national free or reduced-price lunch program… guidelines can be found here); or
-is homeless, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Section 1143a, regardless of the residence of the child, of either parent of the child, or of the child’s guardian or other person having lawful control of the child; or
-is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or
-is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or
-is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care) following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code; or
-is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as: a peace officer under Section 3106.002, Government Code; a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code; or an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.