Why KIPP DC

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KIPP DC aspires to improve life outcomes for the next generation of Washingtonians. That requires exceptionally talented teachers and leaders who will guide students through school, college, and careers.

Whether it’s providing intensive special education services or extra social-emotional learning opportunities and mental health support, our schools and teachers are committed to student success. Because of this, KIPP DC is committed to its teachers, ensuring they have the resources and support they need to excel.

Professional Development

KIPP DC has a deep commitment to developing its teachers and staff. Weseek to deliver unparalleled coaching and development to our teachers, so they can maximize their impact on student achievement.

Team & Family Culture

KIPP DC’s teachers create a sense of belonging in their classrooms through strong relationships with students and families. We give our students an intensive foundation in the core academic subjects with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and in life.

Sustainability & Benefits

We’re committed to providing best-in-class benefits to our teachers and staff.The top talent we attract to KIPP DC deserves nothing less. Elements of KIPP DC’s benefits package include compensation above the District average, with additional salary for KIPP DC’s extended day and year. We also have designed a school calendar to promote sustainability.

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Capital Teaching Residency

Capital Teaching Residents commit to teaching for a minimum of three years in Washington, D.C. Residents spend the first year of this commitment—their residency year—training in a classroom with a highly effective mentor teacher. Residents get placed at one of KIPP DC’s 16 high-performing public charter schools in Washington D.C.

During their residency year, Residents have the opportunity to obtain their certification and train in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Math, Science, or English Language Arts classrooms. After the completion of their residency year, KIPP DC Residents are given the opportunity to pursue an additional certification in Special Education.

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Christopher Keys

4th grade / KIPP DC Spring Academy

“We’re really blessed to teach the children of D.C. These kids have done nothing short of amazing me with their intellect, wit. I’m honored to be their teacher.”

Ashleigh Rose

6th grade / KIPP DC AIM Academy

“My leadership provides support for me to continue my own professional learning. I don’t run into barriers around possible professional development opportunities."

Kaylan Lemon

1st grade / KIPP DC Heights Academy

“Families have a huge amount of trust with our staff. Parents are ready and willing to do what they need to help the child and the class. The trust between the community and the school makes my job easier.”

KIPP DC Employee Benefits

Why D.C.

Not only do we have the most powerful politicians and thought leaders in our backyard, but D.C. has also taken center stage when it comes to the education reform movement. With 43% of students in the city attending public charter schools—and more than 10% of those students attending KIPP DC—the work that we do is shaping the national conversation about urban education.

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