FAQ

About KIPP FAQ

What is KIPP?

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. To learn more about KIPP click here.

What is a KIPPster?

You might have noticed we often talk about "KIPPsters" - that's simply another word for our KIPP students. But KIPPster also means something much more. KIPPsters are the heart of our KIPP community, they've made the commitment to KIPP, and we've committed to supporting them as they climb the mountain to and through college. Being part of KIPP means making decisions that put students first.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

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Who can apply for admission?

Any student may request a spot at KIPP; our schools participate in the Denver Public Schools’ choice process. Admission to KIPP schools is not based on past academic performance and our schools are tuition-free. Once accepted, we ask all students and parents to sign our Commitment to Excellence contract to demonstrate a commitment to going above and beyond in our pursuit of college. All KIPP staff also sign this contract.

Our middle schools (KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Montbello College Prep) start in 5th grade and that is the year with the best chances for admission. We do take in a small number of students in later grades. Similarly, KIPP Denver Collegiate takes in most of its students in 9th grade.

When is the application deadline?

The first round of DPS school choice closes on January 31, 2014 for the 2014-15 school year. You can learn more about enrollment and download a choice form here. Choice forms can be returned to our schools or to the district directly.

When do I know for sure that my child has been accepted for enrollment?

Parents and students will be notified of enrollment in early March 2014.

Are there any fees?

KIPP Colorado schools are free, public schools. In order to cover the costs of supplemental programming, we do ask for a small fee from each family to cover transportation, trips, sports, and other activities.

Do you provide transportation?

At our middle schools, transportation is provided in selected areas.

Do you offer free/reduced lunches?

Yes. Free/reduced lunch is available to those students who qualify. In order to qualify for free/reduced lunches, an application needs to be completed and submitted.

Do you provide special education services?

Yes. We offer special education services for those students who need them.

Do you have tutoring?

Each of our schools offers extensive tutoring.

Why do students have to go to summer school?

At KIPP middle schools, a three-week summer school is required for all students. At KIPP we know there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in either academics or life. With an extended school day, week, and year, our KIPP students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills they need to prepare them for competitive high schools, colleges, and beyond, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.

Why are the school’s hours so long?

At KIPP we know there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in either academics or life. With an extended school day, week, and year, our KIPP students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills they need to prepare them for competitive high schools, colleges, and beyond, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.

When do the students eat breakfast?

Each KIPP school has a slightly different daily schedule. However, breakfast is built into the morning homeroom at our middle schools.

Do students have to wear a uniform?

Yes. The color/sytle of the uniform shirt changes for each grade. Uniform shirts must be purchased from the school (unfortunately polo shirts from other sources do not have the correct KIPP logo).

Does KIPP Colorado offer extracurricular or athletic activities?

Yes. Each school has different offerings, including football, soccer, dance, lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, visual art, drama, and dance.

Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers TeachAtKIPP

How much teaching experience do I need?

We typically prefer at least two years of prior full-time classroom teaching experience. On a case-by-case basis, we may consider candidates with less teaching experience who otherwise demonstrate exposure to instructional excellence.

Do I have to meet deadlines?

The earlier you apply, the better your chances of being considered for a teaching position. We begin reviewing application materials on January 1 for the upcoming school year.

No one has contacted me—what’s wrong?

While we wish we could personally contact each applicant, it’s not possible. If you don’t receive a call or email, don’t feel discouraged. Keep applying!

Are there growth opportunities?

Absolutely! We provide ongoing professional development for all teachers and a variety of instructional and leadership training pathways. We need great teachers and exceptional
leaders to open new schools and provide a variety of
differentiated professional development experiences.

Do I need teaching certification?

Charter school teachers in Colorado must be “Highly Qualified” in their area of instruction, but do not need to meet the full licensing requirements. For core content areas, this generally means teaching applicants should meet the following requirements: The equivalent of a college major in the subject area to be taught (at least 24 credit hours) OR, a passing score on the appropriate subject-area Praxis or Place exam.