About KIPP DC

Who We Are

Part of KIPP’s national movement, KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools in Washington, D.C. All KIPP DC schools are tuition-free, open enrollment schools, and actively recruit and serve students in the city’s most under-resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts. Outstanding educators and staff, more time in school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college.

In addition to operating high-performing schools, KIPP DC is supported by two critical programs central to the goal of helping underserved students get to and through college: KIPP Through College and the Capital Teaching Residency. KIPP Through College supports KIPP DC alumni on their journey to a college degree – helping them navigate the application process, access financial aid, connect to summer internships, and build the advocacy and decision-making skills needed to persist and graduate. The Capital Teaching Residency is an award winning teacher-training program designed to increase the pipeline of highly-effective educators in the District of Columbia. These programs, coupled with exceptional PreK3 through 12 schools, make KIPP DC one of the highest-performing public school networks in the District of Columbia and a national model of excellence in urban education.

The KIPP DC network currently serves over 4,500 students at fifteen schools on six campuses in the District of Columbia, and will serve over 6,000 students at sixteen schools by 2017.


Our Mission

Our mission is to create and sustain the highest quality school system for the most underserved communities in Washington, D.C.

  • KIPP DC students will develop the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to become thoughtful, influential, and successful citizens in the competitive world.
  • KIPP DC will raise expectations of public education in under-served communities by cultivating high-performing educational leaders and by serving as a model of excellence.