KIPP DC Valor Academy

KIPP DC Valor Academy is a place where children are inspired to learn, ask questions, and express themselves. We teach with urgency, determination, and intentionality every day. We treat each moment as precious and meaningful in our students’ journey to and through college. KIPP DC Valor Academy is a school where families are proud to send their children; a place of joy and rigorous academic preparation, with an emphasis on developing the habits that prepare students for high school, college, and beyond.

  • Established 2015
  • Grades Served 5-7
  • Enrollment 219

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What Makes Our School Unique

KIPP DC Valor Academy opened in August 2015 at KIPP DC’s Smilow Campus in Ward 7. The school will serve students in grades 5 through 7 during the 2016-17 school year and will add eighth grade during the 2017-18 school year. As part of KIPP DC’s network of high-performing, Tier 1 schools, Valor Academy will offer a college preparatory curriculum and a focus on the academic habits and character strengths that prepare students for college and careers.

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Meet the School Leader

Gillian Conner is the founding principal of KIPP DC Valor Academy. Before opening Valor, she served as the vice principal at KIPP DC College Preparatory (KCP), KIPP DC’s high-performing high school, for five years. Under her leadership, 95% of her students scored proficient or advanced on the DC CAS.

Prior to joining the KCP team five years ago, Ms. Conner taught eighth grade math in New Orleans Public Schools, seventh grade math at KIPP DC KEY Academy and special education at KIPP DC AIM Academy. Ms. Conner has her B.S.B.A. in finance, international business, and cultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.P.A. from Princeton University. She is honored to be the founding principal of KIPP DC Valor Academy and to offer more students access to a high-quality education.

Our Growing Campus

Construction is complete at our Smilow Campus!

  • 52,157 square feet of new construction will double the size of the existing building
  • 54,010 square feet of renovations will be made to the existing space
  • This includes specialty classroom spaces and a full-sized, state-of-the-art gym


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