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Causes: Charter Schools, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

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

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.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kasandra B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 happened.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 recommend Kipp Academy as having the best teaching model available for students today. Ethan, who scored in the highest percentile in nationwide standardized tests, is living proof of their excellence.

Chelsea12

Client Served

Rating: 5

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 Instructional Assistant for KIPP and is pursuing his teaching credentials! I grew up in an affluent area with top-rated schools, and they do not come close to comparing to KIPP Iluminar in East Los Angeles. Thank you for your passion and dedication to our kids and our community. I only hope KIPP LA will open some high schools! =)

1 Emilia T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My story begins -- after many years of paying for private catholic school and not havingh much of an option, with much hesitation I moved my daughter to be the founding class of KIPP Sol, honestly I could not be happier with the results my daughter is learning with some struggle --- but thank you Mrs. minix and staff at KIPP Sol. Super happy parent!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

KIPP... Four strong letters that make you smile, cry, laugh, live, give you strength, empower you and so many other feelings. I am a founding parent at KCCP and I thank God everyday for putting 3 beautiful teachers in my path to recruit my daughters. Best decision I have ever made academically. Thank you for empowering and bringing a change to the communities you serve. Our values ... Honor, Ganas, Courage & Reflection the values that change your life! Much love & respect to KCCP.

Michael263

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked within the KIPP LA organization for five years I can attest to the dedication and professionalism of the staff members at KIPP Empower Academy, the other KIPP LA schools, and those who support our schools at the School Support Team. KIPP LA currently has eleven schools and is adding one to two new ones each year until we can double the college graduation rate within South and East LA. Parents should consider sending their students to a KIPP LA school and donors should know that their money is well spent building the most successful charter school network in California.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is in the founding kindergarten class at KIPP Vida. I love this school. He is so excited about his class! Go Cal Tech!

Jonnisa W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a first grader at Kipp Empower Academy. They far exceeded my expectations on what my child should have been taught in kindergarten. Not only do they teach academics but they also focus on life skills. I strongly recommend Kipp La schools

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attends Kipp Empower Academy as a kindergartener and I am amazed at his progress. After being out of school for a year due to the kindergarten entry regulations, it's like he's been in school the whole time. He's recognizing words, his writing is improving and his comprehension skills also. I love that he is learning valuable life skills

Client Served

Rating: 4

My child attends KIPP Iluminar. He is currently in Kindergarten. He speaks highly of his teachers and staff and is always anxious for his school activities everyday. He loves his dance and music class as well as his science class with Ms. Stebbins. He proudly comes home and talks to his family members about what his day consisted of. He loves his science class and tells them about what he has learn, for example, his learning experience about gravity! His little cousin who is in 4th grade was amazed how early he has been learning about gravity. Teachers and staff are great and always try to help as much as they can. I made a great decision to enroll my child in KIPP. Can't wait to see how much more he learns :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KIPP LA is a life-changer. After culminating from KIPP Academy of Opportunity, I truly understood why I would not be where I am today. KIPP was truly the place where my opportunities began. It all started with the dedicated teachers, willing to have you call them or e-mail them when in need of help. After the teachers, it all sinks in. They give you resources, whether they are limited or unlimited, but they give you the right resources needed to push forward and succeed for yourself. After KIPP helped me get through the high school application process, they guided to me opening the greatest opportunity of choosing the best high school for me. Even though I am away to boarding school across the country, I always want to return during the few break times I have to volunteer to help teachers, learn something new, and watch a great organization set up the next generation of this country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter attends KIPP: Empower Academy. She's loves the dedication from her teachers and staff. The staff is wonderful, always friendly and welcoming. Since I am always in a hurry to drop her off in the mornings due to my working schedule, it is a great relief and comfort to have people like Ms. Geniza receive my daughter with a big hug and smile. Ms. Mathis was her kindergarden teacher and she was the biggest tool in helping my daughter exceed in her reading, writing, and math skills. At the end of kinder, my daughter was beyond prepared to start 1st grade. We love the art and p.e. classes and this year we look forward to participating in choir! The school is getting ready to move to its new site and hopefully then we will have a feeling of unity with all the parents and staff! In the area we live in KEA is the best option for any parent looking for a quality education for their children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel so blessed to be a part of the KIPP LA family! My two sons are students at KIPP LA PREP and they are truly receiving a high quality education. Prior to attending KIPP we tried private school, public school, and private tutors to help them with the academic challenges they were facing. Along the way we were supported by some top quality, truly invested educators but we were still missing something. At KIPP our sons have learned the love for learning and are excelling! The teachers are amazing and committed. However, it is more than that, it is the teachers, the administrators, the environment, and just the overall excitement. The level of expectation is just inspiring! There is an expectation for the students, teachers, and parents---there is a true feeling of team work. We are all in it together! KIPP is a true diamond in one of the most unexpected places!

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a parent residing in a low-income area, I was determined to provide a high-quality education for mychild. So I was beyond excited when my child was able to attend KIPP Iluminar academy as KIPP's academic reputation seems promising. I love the incorporation of music, art, and dance as these are areas that are commonly disregarded in LAUSD public eduction system despite the fact that research demonstrated a positive correlation to academia. The only thing I have been unable to let go is the fact that I missed my child's first school performance. As my child was up on stage her/his eyes glared the audience in hopes to see who came to see her/him perform but that excitement soon turned to hurt when she/he realized that no one was there. If only the school/teacher had notified the parents of this performance. I hope this will NEVER happen again! Overall I want to end this with a positive note because KIPP overall is great. There are so many things that differentiate this school from a traditional public education and I am proud to be a KIPP parent!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child attends KIPP ILUMINAR ACADEMY in the 1st grade. I was beyond excited for her when we were told she was going to attend. At first I thought "oh no she is going to have it rough being transfer to a new school" but she took on the challenge and it was all because it was made so much easier for her by Ms. Bond and the entire staff at KIA. Every day I ask my child how school was and with a smile from ear to ear she says fun and that she learned something new. I also love that I dont ever miss any news because everything is communicated to me via email, weekly letters or a voice mail they make sure that I don't miss anything in regards to her education or any school activities. I couldn't be any happier to be part of KIPP.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son loves it at KIPP and so do I I am amazed at all the knowledge that he displays in simply the first month in school. My child is so excited about learning and that's what it's really about having teachers that motivate children to learn and that's what KIPP Iluminar does very well Thanks to KiA s teachers and staff my child looks forward to being a super scientist , star dancer and team leader incentives that build on his character and his knowledge . So glad this school opened up in our community!!!

Nancy116

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words aren't enough to express how thankful and great full I am to have heard of KIPP LA schools. My son just started kindergarten this summer. The first two weeks of summer school was a little scary for me, not so much for him. But, having the support and understanding of the great staff of KIPP made it all worth wild. They have great communication with the parents, with emails, news letters, calls and voice messages. That is just the surface of KIPP LA, the look on my sons face how he lit up when he read his first beginner reading book. He didn't even notice until I pointed out that he's reading for the first time, and he's only been in school 3months give or take. It does take a lot of dedication from the teachers and the support of the parents to continue at home with what they are trying to accomplish with our children, but at the end its all worth it.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

KIPP LA Prep (part of KIPP LA Schools) is an amazing middle school. It's a CA Distinguished School with an API score in the 900's. The school is small but it feels complete. They cover all subjects including art, music and a good variety of enrichment courses. The school has a counselor and high school placement staff that are superb. The school leaders and teachers are competent, professional and overall determined to give their best. If I have a concern or just a simple question I can just email the teachers and they respond in a timely manner. The school day is long but after a few years at this school we just got used to it. I always tell new parents that 5th grade is the most difficult year (lots of work, long hours and strong discipline) but after that everything else is a piece of cake. The best part for my kids is the end of the year field trips. They are fun, educational and only earned with good grades and good behavior. KIPP gives kids the confidence, discipline, skills and opportunities necessary to succeed in high school and beyond. I love it.

Blanca2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My child currently attends KIPP ILUMINAR, kindergarten. Every morning he wakes up with a positive attitude and is more than ready to head to school. As a parent I find this school amazing. Teachers are very kind and always show great performance. Ms Bond and the school staff is always there for any questions and concerns. They always inform us about what's going on in school thru different ways; by weekly bulletin, phone, emails. It's great! I highly recommend this organization. Both my son and myself are excited to be part of KIPP!!!!

Linda151

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the dedication that the teachers have in helping all the students in there class. My child started attending since Kinder and I have been amazed in how much she has learned.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing & Fantastic!!!!! As a parent I found it extremely hard to find a middle school achieving, quality public schools in the LA area. After having my daughter at KIPP LA I knew it was the place for my daughter. I am a very proud parent of a 7th grader and an alumni. Everyone, teachers, principles and staff work hard to give our kids the best quality education. In the end, our children thrive, they set goals and achieve them. KIPP LA equips our children with the necessary tools to go above & beyond what our society/community has set. Every student is individually important to KIPP LA. I have recommend to my friends KIPP LA and a lot of people in our community knows KIPP LA is the best school in our area. Our kids might complain at the beginning but if us parents give them all our support to them they will achieve the goal. I'm very very happy with KIPP LA and I know next year will be a worry to find a high school just like KIPP LA. Thank you KIPP LA TEAM for all your hard work you have done for our kids :) !!!!!