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Phone: 213-489-4461
3601 East First Street
Los Angeles
California 90063
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Target demographics: close the achievement gap and give our students the skills they ned to succeed in college and beyond

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000 students and alumni on their paths to and through college

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Geographic areas served: South and East Los Angeles

Programs: a high-quality, college-preparatory curriculum in all 11 schools. KIPP LA currently operates 5 elementary and 6 middle schools, serving over 4,000 students and alumni in South and East Los Angeles. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 162 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC.

KIPP LA’s schools feature a “no shortcuts, no excuses” philosophy and a strong culture of achievement. Our curricula are designed to provide students a well-rounded education, with sufficient time dedicated to academics, the arts, enrichment, and physical education. KIPP LA’s educators are committed to continually improving their teaching skills, and to giving students the support and motivation they need to excel in school and beyond.

KIPP LA is in the process expanding to 20 schools, and will serve over 10,000 students and alumni by 2020.

KIPP LA's mission is to teach the academic skills, foster the intellectual habits, and cultivate the character traits needed for our students to thrive in high school, college, and life.

Through the success of our students, the KIPP LA team and family will serve as a model of excellence and collaborate with others to raise the quality of education in Los Angeles.
The weighted API score for all students tested at KIPP LA Schools for the 2012-13 school year was 883, including an average elementary API score of 975.

On the California Standards Test, KIPP LA’s schools showed high levels of student proficiency across all grade levels and subjects. KIPP Empower Academy is the highest-performing school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Additionally, KIPP LA Prep is the highest performing middle school in LAUSD for the third year in a row. KIPP LA elementary schools collectively outperform 99% of elementary schools in California.

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My daughter just started Kipp Vida Prep as a kindergarten student 2 weeks ago. In preschool she cried everyday when I dropped her at school and she would not eat breakfast. After being at KIPP for 2 days she stopped crying and started eating. I don't know what they did to her but I am glad it ... more »
My grandson Ethan Feldser attends Kipp Academy, and has been a student there from the very beginning of his scholastic life, which began last year in kindergarten. The growth, development, and character strength he has shown in that time, and as a result of his teacher, has been phenomenal. I highly... more »
I am a founding family of KIPP Iluminar. From day 1, KIPP has changed my family's life. My son has blossomed under the loving care of Iluminar's staff. My boyfriend was drawn to the palpable energy and enthusiasm of KIPP, and volunteered in my son's classroom every day. Now, he works as an ... more »
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