All students will learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our goal is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and character strengths they need to succeed throughout their education and in the competitive world beyond. Great education transforms lives.
KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.
Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Our public charter schools are given more academic and budgetary flexibility than traditional public schools, and in exchange commit to deliver high-quality academic results for students.
There are 209 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 80,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.
At KIPP, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. Our success is driven by:
As we look to the future, we have never been more optimistic. We recognize there is more work to be done, but our progress to date has clearly demonstrated what is possible. Today we stand in partnership with other organizations committed to educational excellence and equity— working together so that all children have the opportunity to lead choice-filled lives.
What is a charter school?
The term charter school means that the state has granted a contract to a group or organization to run a school using state funds. The school offers innovative learning opportunities with greater flexibility than traditional public schools and is accountable to the charter holder. The Oklahoma City Public School District sponsors the charter for KIPP OKC Public Schools. Charter school students are eligible for the same state and federal programs (including free or reduced lunch) that are available in other school districts.
When did KIPP begin?
The first KIPP school in the nation was founded in Houston, TX in1994 with 50 fifth graders. Doris and Donald Fisher, co-founders of The Gap, Inc., formed a unique partnership to replicate KIPP’s success nationwide. Established in 2000 with a $15 million grant from the Fishers, the not-for-profit KIPP Foundation was formed to recruit, train and support outstanding teachers in opening and leading high performing, college preparatory, public schools in educationally underserved communities. Thus, KIPP OKC in Oklahoma City was founded in 2002 by Tracy McDaniel.
Do I have to pay to send my child to a KIPP?
KIPP OKC is free, as are all KIPP schools around the country. Children do not have to pay to attend.
How do I enroll my child at KIPP OKC? How are students selected? Is there an entrance exam?
KIPP OKC is an open-enrollment, public school network. There is no entrance exam to be accepted at KIPP. However, upon completion of a KIPP enrollment application students are selected through a lottery system and those remaining are placed on a waiting list until an available spot is open.
What are the school hours?
Classes during the school year operate Monday – Friday, 7:25 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday school sessions are held throughout the year.
What grades does KIPP OKC serve?
KIPP Reach College Preparatory educates students in grades 5th through 8th. KIPP OKC South Community Prep educateds 4th through 5th grade and grow one grade level each year.
Is transportation provided?
KIPP OKC does not provide transportation at this time. Families must provide their own transportation for students attending KIPP.
Are uniforms required?
Yes, students are expected to conform to the uniform expectations every day.
Why is there an extended school day?
With an extended school day, students have more time in the classroom which allows teachers the time to develop and deliver challenging and stimulating lessons and focus on the needs of each student. Students also have more time to devote to their class work and are able to attain additional help when needed. More time in school means a greater capacity to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare each student for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse, extracurricular experiences.
What is a Commitment to Excellence contract? What is its purpose?
KIPP OKC shares a commitment with its teachers, students and parents. This commitment is documented in the signed “Commitment to Excellence” contract. This contract highlights each group's shared responsibility and accountability for achievement. All parties agree to actions that will lead to the student's personal and academic growth - be it consistent and prompt attendance over an extended school session, learning to work effectively in teams, or taking charge of a class project. This commitment means that neither party will allow obstacles that may have stopped students from achieving in the past, stand in the way.
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