KIPP DC Valor Academy

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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 teach with urgency, determination, and intentionality every day—treating each moment as meaningful in our students’ journeys to and through college. Upon completion of eighth grade, Valor students have the choice to move onto KIPP DC College Preparatory or other competitive high schools in the region.

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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."

Patrice Billups, Principal, KIPP DC Valor Academy


  • Be Kind
  • Work Hard


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 digital media. Currently, Valor Academy facilitates the following extracurricular activities: boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, flag football, track, orchestra, digital media, and more.

Awards & Recognition

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

Valor Academy launches Creative Writing Club as an extracurricular program for students.