FAQs

Enrollment

  • How do I enroll my child?

    You can begin the enrollment process by creating an account at My School DC, the common application for all D.C. public schools.

  • Who can attend KIPP DC schools? Are there admissions requirements?

    If your child is a District of Columbia resident and meets KIPP DC age requirements, they are welcome to attend a KIPP DC school! There are no other admissions requirements. KIPP DC schools are free, open-enrollment, public schools.

  • What is the age criterion for students enrolling at KIPP DC?

    To enroll at a KIPP DC school, your child must meet the following age criterion:

    • PK3: No older than three on June 2, 2018
    • PK4: No older than four on June 2, 2018
    • K: No older than five on June 2, 2018
    • 1st: Seven years old or younger on June 2, 2018
    • 2nd: Eight years old or younger on June 2, 2018
    • 3rd: Nine years old or younger on June 2, 2018
    • 4th: Ten years old or younger on June 2, 2018
  • What happens if there are not enough available spaces to admit all students that apply?

    When parent demand exceeds enrollment capacity at a school, your child will be entered in a lottery that will determine the order in which seats are offered. Your child will receive preference in the lottery if they have a sibling who is currently enrolled at KIPP DC. Students who apply for a seat after the lottery takes place will be added to the wait list on a first-come-first-served basis. To increase your child’s probability of attending a KIPP DC school, we recommend highly ranking multiple KIPP DC locations in your application.

  • If my child is offered a spot at a KIPP DC school, what documentation must I provide to secure that spot?

    All students enrolled in public schools in Washington, D.C. must provide proof of D.C. residency. Residency verification will take place upon enrollment at a KIPP DC school. To provide proof of residency, you will need to complete a DC Residency Verification Form and present documents verifying your home address. The full list of acceptable documents can be found at My School DC.

  • If my child is a returning KIPP DC student, what documents must I provide during the re-enrollment process?

    To re-enroll your child at KIPP DC, you will need to provide proof of DC residency, a signed residency verification form (which will be completed at your child’s school), and oral and physical health certificates for your child (encouraged, not required).

    Proof of D.C. residency may be provided in the form of a Washington, D.C. driver’s license and car registration (with matching addresses), a pay stub with D.C. taxes withheld (from within the last 45 days), or proof of D.C. government benefits (from within the last year).

Schools

  • Where are KIPP DC’s schools located?

    KIPP DC has 16 locations across Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8. Visit our Schools page to find the best fit for your child.

  • Are KIPP teachers credentialed? How are they trained?

    Your child’s teacher may come from one of many different backgrounds. Some KIPP teachers have worked with educationally underserved students for their whole careers, some teachers are at the beginning of their career in the classroom, and some career changers are entering the classroom after devoting time to another profession.

    No matter where these educators began, they all have received a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification, and joined KIPP DC to provide the highest quality education to your child. Because we believe that there’s always room to grow, your child’s teacher also receives individualized coaching, instructional toolkits, and resources to share and collaborate with their colleagues across the KIPP network.

  • What does "more time in school" or "extended school day" really mean?

    To maximize your child’s growth and provide more time for academics and extracurricular activities, the KIPP DC school year consists of 194 school days that are 8.25 hours each.

Employment

  • How do I apply to KIPP DC?

    Visit our Apply Now page to browse current openings and apply online!

  • What are the requirements to teach at a KIPP school?

    To be a KIPP DC teacher, you must hold a bachelor’s degree and have a passion for working with students, often from educationally underserved communities. No matter where you are coming from, at KIPP DC you will be joining a diverse network of empowered teachers and leaders that hold their students to high expectations and strive to help every student reach their potential to succeed.

  • What are the requirements to be a school leader at KIPP DC?

    KIPP was founded on the idea that great leaders create great schools, and that a great school can change the trajectory of a child’s life. To be a KIPP DC school leader, you must possess the unyielding belief in every child’s potential to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and in the competitive world beyond.

    Additionally, you should meet the following credentials:

    • Instructional expertise in a K-12 classroom
    • At least two years of teaching/leadership experience in a low-income school with demonstrated exemplary student results
    • A record of success in leading adults
    • The capacity to define a vision, build a team, and achieve results
    • Broad experience as an instructional leader to teachers of all subjects

    The KIPP Foundation recruits school leaders through two, year-long fellowship programs. For more information, you can visit Fisher Fellowship or Miles Family Fellowship.

  • What support roles exist within KIPP regions or at the KIPP Foundation?

    There are several support roles that are critical to the overall KIPP DC mission of providing the best education to children in Washington, D.C. You can join the KIPP DC team in a support role on the school level, at the KIPP DC headquarters, or within the KIPP Foundation. If you are interested in working with KIPP DC or the KIPP Foundation, check the Apply Now page to view our current job openings.

  • What types of candidates are you looking to hire for these support roles?

    You should have both professional experience as well as a belief and commitment to KIPP’s mission of helping every child succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond. Individual job opportunities and requirements vary by role and will be specified in the job description.

  • What professional development is available to KIPP DC staff?

    You will never stop learning at KIPP DC! We believe there will always be room to learn, grow, and improve at each stage of your career. You will have the opportunity to be developed through individual coaching, school and region-wide professional development, and national leadership training through the KIPP School Leadership Program (KSLP).

Capital Teaching Residency

  • What is the Capital Teaching Residency Program?

    The Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is a nationally recognized, highly selective, three year teacher training program that provides a pathway for new teachers to develop into outstanding educators.  Your first year in the CTR will be your residency year. During your residency year, you will have the opportunity to obtain your teaching certification while training in the classroom with a highly effective mentor teacher. Following your residency year, you will be committed to two additional years of teaching at KIPP DC or a partner public charter school in Washington, D.C.

  • How do I apply to be a Capital Teaching Resident?

    The first step is to complete your online application. If the selection team feels that you are a potential fit for the CTR, you will be asked to move forward to a phone interview. The phase following your phone interview will be an in-person interview with the school leaders that directly manage the Capital Teaching Residents. You will be notified of your final status within two to three weeks of your in-person interview.

    Although CTR will conduct six application cycles, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. The CTR evaluates applications and hires candidates on a rolling basis. Therefore, there is a significant advantage to applying early in the application season.

  • Who should apply to the CTR program?

    CTR is a highly selective program. You will have the highest chance of acceptance if you:

    • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree by June of 2018 (required) and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Have not previously served for a full year as a lead teacher
    • Once hired, successfully pass your first Praxis II exam, as well as the CORE exam, before you begin your residency year in the fall
    • Have a history of achievement and perseverance
    • Are growth-oriented, ready to learn the art of teaching, and willing to work extremely hard in order to continuously improve your craft
    • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to students and the mission of KIPP DC
    • Are a team player who is willing to work collaboratively with others to support the success of students.
  • Does the CTR program train Residents in all grade levels and all subject areas?

    Each year, over 50 percent of the Capital Teaching Residents are placed as Early Childhood Education (ECE) Residents.  ECE Residents are placed in classrooms with students ages three to five. As an ECE Resident, you will benefit from the unique experience of working with D.C.’s youngest students at a critical point in their development.

     

    Preference for selection into the secondary math and science training program will be given to applicants with strong backgrounds in math and science (typically candidates who completed a degree in math or science during their undergraduate careers).

     

    Secondary positions are available at both the middle school and high school levels. Secondary Residents are required to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching during their second year of commitment.

Organizational

  • Are KIPP DC schools public schools?

    Yes. KIPP DC schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students who live in Washington, D.C. The KIPP DC network currently serves 6,100 students at 16 schools on six campuses in the District of Columbia.

  • What is a charter school?

    Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are open to all students. They are independently operated schools that run with more flexibility than traditional public schools in exchange for increased accountability.

    Like all public schools, charter schools are held to state and federal academic standards, open to all students, including those with disabilities, funded primarily through federal, state, and local tax dollars, and are not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group.

    The “charter” that establishes each school is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program plans, performance goals, and methods of assessment. Every public charter school has an authorizer that is responsible for holding the school accountable for compliance with their operating agreement or “charter.” Authorizers of charter schools often include a district school board, university, Mayor’s office, or non-profit organization.

  • What is the role of the KIPP Foundation?

    KIPP DC is part of a national network of schools that operate with the help of the KIPP Foundation. The non-profit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools, provides training for excellent teaching and learning, promotes innovation, and facilitates resource and idea exchange within the KIPP network. The KIPP Foundation provides support to KIPP DC to ensure we are able to help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice-filled lives.

  • What is a KIPP Region?

    KIPP DC is a KIPP regional organization. Each KIPP regional organization is a separate non-profit that oversees the KIPP schools in their community. KIPP DC provides alumni support, teacher training, leadership development, advocacy, operations, and data analysis to the KIPP schools in Washington, D.C. Each regional organization is governed by a local board of directors and led by an executive director.

  • What is the history of KIPP?

    KIPP began in 1997 when two former Teach For America teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth grade learning program within a public elementary school in Houston, Texas. The program they launched had five core pillars: high expectations, choice and commitment, more time, power to lead, and a focus on results. The following year, Mike and Dave used these principles as the foundation for two new public schools, both named KIPP Academy Middle School. In 2000, the non-profit KIPP Foundation was established to recruit and train outstanding school leaders to open and run KIPP schools in more communities across the country. The five founding principles are guiding 209 KIPP schools today.

  • How are KIPP schools funded?

    KIPP schools are public charter schools that are primarily funded by local and state dollars, along with some funding from the federal government.

    Local and state per-pupil funding covers the vast majority of KIPP’s operational costs. To fund KIPP’s expansion and ensure the sustainability of KIPP schools, KIPP regions raise additional funding from local donors and foundations.

    KIPP DC relies completely on private funding to support special programs like the Capital Teaching Residency and KIPP Through College & Career.

    To learn more about KIPP DC’s funders or to make a contribution to KIPP DC, visit our Get Involved page.

KIPP Through College & Career

  • What is KIPP Through College & Career?

    KIPP DC’s KIPP Through College & Career program supports KIPP DC students and alumni throughout their journey to and through high school, college, and as they are introduced into the workforce.

    A team of counselors helps students and alumni prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP advisors will help your child navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career.

  • Who participates in the KIPP Through College & Career program?

    All KIPP DC high school students are automatically enrolled in the KIPP Through College & Career program. Students who graduated eighth-grade from a KIPP DC school are also eligible for KIPP Through College & Career, regardless of whether or not they attend a KIPP DC high school.

  • I’m a KIPP DC alum enrolled in KIPP Through College & Career. Where can I find information about required events?

  • How can I support KIPP Through College & Career?

    The KIPP Through College & Career program would not exist without the support of private philanthropy. Your contributions allow us to offer the supports and services needed to help our students close the college completion gap in D.C.

Other

  • Why does KIPP focus on character development?

    KIPP was founded on a belief that students need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to succeed in college and the world beyond. These two principles are deeply interconnected and KIPP works to make sure one is never sacrificed for the other.

    Our approach to character is grounded in seven character strengths that are found to be highly predictive of success in life: zest, grit, optimism, self-control, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity. Our character framework was developed by KIPP NYC in collaboration with Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Martin Seligman, the late Dr. Chris Peterson, and in partnership with Riverdale Country School.

  • What is KIPP's curriculum?

    A high quality curriculum plays a critical role in unlocking student potential. KIPP schools’ curricula are rigorous, standards-based, and carefully designed to prepare each child to succeed in college, career, and life beyond.

  • How can I volunteer at KIPP DC?

    There are plenty of opportunities for you to connect with students, alumni, and teachers by volunteering at KIPP DC! Subscribe to our volunteer update newsletter to stay connected.

  • How can I partner with KIPP?

    Check out our Get Involved page to start the conversation!

  • What are KIPP DC’s plans for growth?

    KIPP DC aspires to reach even more students in the District of Columbia. In June 2017, KIPP DC received approval from the D.C. Public Charter School board to open a second high school in the District. This is a positive step in the pursuit of our mission to ensure that all students in Washington, D.C. have access to an excellent education.

  • Is there a KIPP DC store?

    Yes! You can explore KIPP DC merchandise on the KIPP DC Spirit Store.