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202.398.6811 Smilow Campus • 5300 Blaine Street NE • Washington, DC 20019

Grounded in the values to be kind and work hard, KIPP DC Valor Academy is a place where students are inspired to learn, ask questions, and express themselves. We build strong, independent, and curious students who advocate for themselves and their communities. We do this by providing a space that is safe, joyful, affirming, and academically-rigorous. Our students are resilient, celebrate diversity, and strive to become responsible community members. We build WARRIORS. Upon completion of eighth grade, Valor Academy students have the choice to move onto KIPP DC Legacy College Preparatory or other competitive high schools in the District.

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"Valor Academy strives to provide individualized support for every kind of learner. Our team of passionate and determined teachers encourages students to ask questions, hold themselves to a high standard, and develop positive habits that will serve them well in high school, college, and beyond."

Ketica Guter, Principal, KIPP DC Valor Academy

"I make the effort to know as much as I can get to know about my students and their individual interests outside of school. Whether it be sports, anime, or hair and make-up, I love learning from them and about what they care about."

Teana Fields, Teacher, KIPP DC Valor Academy



Valor Academy fosters rigorous and supportive learning environments that prepare students for academic success in high school, college, careers, and beyond.

Students are engaged in a diverse curriculum of not only English, math, history, and science classes, but also Spanish, art, and physical education.

Teachers at Valor Academy are committed to supporting the social-emotional development of their middle school students by developing close relationships with their students and families—ensuring a smooth transition into adolescence.


Valor Academy offers their middle school students a number of activities to grow as citizens and scholars, allowing their students to explore topics ranging from basketball to robotics. Currently, Valor Academy facilitates the following extracurricular activities: Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball,  S.T.O.R.M. Step Team, Co-Ed Flag football, Co-Ed track and cross country, Volleyball, Co-Ed soccer, Golf, Pretty Brown Girl, Lego Robotics (First Lego League), Musical Theatre, ASL Club, Art Club, Horticulture Club, Chess Club, Student Government Association, and more!

We partner with YMCA for before and after-school care.

Awards & Recognition

2019: Valor Academy named a Bold Improvement School by EmpowerK12.

2018: Valor Academy launches first Pretty Brown Girl D.R.E.A.M program in the Washington, D.C. public charter school network.