KIPP DC Grow Academy

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202.986.4769 Shaw Campus • 421 P Street NW • Washington, D.C. 20001

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From the moment students enter KIPP DC Grow Academy, they are granted one promise: to be supported, encouraged, and guided to and through college. Grounded in the values of Grow, Honor, Lead, Never Give Up, and Work Together; KIPPsters are prepared with the foundational academic skills and mindsets that are necessary for success in rigorous and joyful elementary schools. Upon completion of Kindergarten, Grow Academy students move onto KIPP DC Lead Academy.

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"Grow Academy firmly believes that developing foundational social, emotional, and cognitive skills at a young age helps students reach their highest potential in the future. Our teachers work tirelessly to help children develop the confidence to unlock that potential."

Lauren Ellis, Principal, KIPP DC Grow Academy


  • Grow
  • Honor
  • Lead
  • Never Give Up
  • Work Together


Arts & Technology Academy uses the Tools of the Mind curriculum to develop executive function, promote social-emotional learning, and grow early literacy and math skills.

Teachers and families partner to ensure each student’s individual needs are met—setting a strong foundation for their educational journey.

Play-based learning allows students to express themselves, explore new concepts, and work together with their classmates.


Grow Academy hosts a number of events for families and the community. Past events have included: literacy nights, movie screenings, school dances, and more.

Awards & Recognition

2017: Grow Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.

Grow Academy teacher Ms. Nickens-El recognized as KIPP DC’s monthly staff spotlight

Grow Academy teacher Mr. Guzman recognized as KIPP DC’s monthly staff spotlight.

2016: Grow Academy is ranked a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board.