KCP Senior Awarded 2017 Posse Scholarship

KIPP DC College Prep (KCP) is proud to share senior, Jena Thompson, has been selected as a 2017 Posse scholar and will receive a full-ride to the University of Rochester. 

Through a rigorous selection process, The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—’posses’—of 10 students. 

Throughout her time at KCP, Jena has become a well-rounded scholar with an impressive resume.  She is the Treasurer of Student Government Association, a valuable member of the women’s varsity basketball team, choir, and National Honor Society, as well as Horton’s Kids, a prominent community organization. She has also been active in pursuits outside of school including teaching herself Korean and working part-time throughout the school year. Revered by her peers and teachers for being an original thinker, Jena’s former US History teacher, Lauren Delaloye, sums her up well: “Jena is no average teenager. Industrious and reliable, steadfast and inventive, she will be a tremendous asset to any college community.

With the support of the Posse Foundation and the KIPP Through College team we’re excited to see what great things are ahead for Jena! Congratulations!


Spring Academy celebrates Democracy Week

During the week of January 16 – 20th KIPP DC Spring Academy hosted Democracy Week!

Spring Academy Democracy Week offered our KIPPsters space and opportunity to discuss and learn about the three branches of the U.S. government, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and reflect on Former President Barack Obama’s presidency. 

Students read books such as Duck for President, Fly Guy at the White House, and When Penny Met POTUS to help further their understanding of the history of the White House and the U.S. Presidency.  In addition, students also created and displayed their “If I Were President…” written pieces and the canvas paintings. They even learned about the importance of the White House garden and healthy eating.

KIPPsters concluded the week with a celebratory Lift Every Voice Assembly. The performance was met with a packed crowd full of parents and supporters!  Thanks for making this week a success.  


Check out photos from Democracy Week here.

2017 KIPP DC Open House Schedule

Visit a KIPP DC school at a 2017 Open House! You’ll get the opportunity to walk the halls, learn about KIPP DC’s educational design, and also meet our great school leaders.

Shaw Campus:

(Grow Academy, Lead Academy, WILL Academy)

  • Thursday, February 23 (5:30 pm)

Smilow Campus:

(Arts & Technology Academy, Quest Academy, Valor Academy)

  • Thursday, February 23 (8:30 – 9:30 am)
  • Wednesday, March 22 (8:30 – 9:30 am)
  • Wednesday, April 26 (8:30 – 9:30 am)

Webb Campus:

(Connect Academy, Spring Academy, Northeast Academy)

  • Tuesday, February 21 (5:00 – 6 pm)

Interested in getting a first look at new KIPP DC schools opening in your neighborhood? Complete the interest form to stay in the loop!

KTC Kicks off 2017 with Professional Networking Event

Last week our KIPP Through College Team hosted our annual Professional Networking event, bringing together over 170 KIPP DC alumni and professionals!

The reception-style event gave our college-age alumni an opportunity to practice their networking skills, develop genuine connections with local professionals, and also connect with other KIPP DC alumni.

Huge thank you to all of the great professionals for participating, and a special thank you to our friends at PNC for generously hosting this event and continuing to invest in the success of our KIPPsters.

Learn more about the KIPP DC KIPP Through College team and view more photos here.


Will you be our date to KIPProm?

Think back to your first day of high school. To your many book reports and science fairs, recitals and championship games, final exams, and school dances. To your high school graduation, going away to college. 

Over the past 15 years, these are the handful of memories our KIPPsters take with them on their journey to and through college. What if you could do a “prom-over” and recreate all of the magic of prom night while supporting our amazing KIPPsters on their journey to and through college? KIPProm is your chance!

Join us for an evening of delicious food, good company, awkward dancing, and spiked punch as we recreate our prom night memories and celebrate KIPP DC’s 15th anniversary at our grown-up prom.

Project Prom Closet 2017 – Donate gently used, clean evening gowns and suits to the KIPP College Preparatory High School (KCP) or KIPP DC Headquarters reception desks, before 3/18, and receive a discount code for your KIPProm tickets.  Donations will directly support KCP students in need of promo attire! 

Friday, March 24 at Dock 5 @ Union Market

Check out photos from KIPProm 2016 and purchase tickets at:


Ages 21+ only, please.