KIPP DC Heights Academy

KIPP DC Heights Academy is a community of learners and leaders who embrace the joys and challenges of learning. Student learning success is achieved with a balanced, rigorous focus on academics and character. We work with students to become thoughtful thinkers and teammates who will return as college-educated leaders of their community.

  • Established 2011
  • Grades Served 1-4
  • Enrollment 453


At Heights Academy, we are leaders and learners who work hard to live our four values:

  1. Improve every day. Every day we receive and use important feedback about our work and choices to become better learners and leaders.
  2. Be a kind teammate. Every day we use kind words and actions with our teammates. If our teammates need help, we give.
  3. Excellence takes effort, so keep going! Every day we will try our best to keep going even when the work gets hard.
  4. Lead by example. Every day we make good choices to solve problems and help our teammates make good choices too.

How We Achieve Our Results

  • Longer school day; focus on results
  • College preparatory program
  • Character education
  • Highly qualified, dedicated teachers

Family Resources


Follow Heights Academy on Instagram
Follow @kippdcheights to see the latest posts from our classrooms!

Visit the Heights Academy Garden Website
Want to see the data that we’re collecting from our school garden? Click here.

Come to a Joyful Food Market
Through a partnership with Martha’s Table, Heights Academy hosts a free grocery market each month for all Heights families. “The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student.”

Access the Resilient Scholars Project (RSP)
Through a partnership with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, students who have experienced a single traumatic event or ongoing exposure to trauma, receive Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a group setting facilitated by trained, experienced clinicians.

Learn anywhere with Heights Apps
If you have a student at Heights and want them to grow their brains at home or anywhere with a computer, you can have them get on ST Math or iReady, linked here

Explore Digital Citizenship at Heights Academy
Heights Academy has been recognized by Common Sense Media for its excellence in teaching students about digital citizenship.Our students learn how to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology. Heights Academy is the only KIPP school (nationwide) that has received the Digital Citizenship Certified School recognition. 

Engage in Environment Literacy and Growing Healthy Foods Month
Heights Academy is recognized as Environmental Literacy Leadership school through Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Check out some of the highlights from their first year, here. For the third year, Heights has also participated in Growing Healthy Schools Month!

Awards and Honors