About KIPP SoCal

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 23 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, within 19 Local Education Agencies, educating more than 9,500 students and supporting 5,100 alumni to and through college. 

Our whole-child approach to learning not only focuses on rigorous academics, but also character development, enrichment, social-emotional learning, physical and mental health, sense of identity, and the nurturing of one's purpose. 

Our award winning schools are part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network, dedicated to meeting the needs of all learners and providing the social, emotional and academic support for success in high school, college, and life.

We Educate Over

9,500 students

We Support

5,100 alumni

We Operate

23 schools

We Are KIPP SoCal

Our Mission

Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and create a more just world.

We believe the purpose of education is liberation, in cultivating a place and space where diverse identities are affirmed, voices are heard, and our students can envision what a just world is and feels like.

KIPP Approach

At KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal—to ensure that every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and for their communities. Our success is driven by:

Highly Effective Teachers & Leaders: We believe in the power of great teachers and school leaders. We learn from each other and with each other. We empower our school teams and invest in leadership development and training.

Safe, Structured & Nurturing Environments: We provide a safe, structured, joyful and nurturing learning environment. We build meaningful relationships built on love, empathy, compassion and respect, fostering a love of learning, a willingness to take risks and reap rewards.

Focus on Character: Success in life depends on both academics and learning. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success, empowering students to express their voice with confidence and to improve the world around them.

High Expectations: Clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct creates and reinforces a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.

KIPP Through College: Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college.

School Awards

National Blue Ribbon Schools Award

3 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards

In the exemplary high performing category. KIPP Raíces Academy (2015), KIPP LA Prep (2016), & KIPP Comienza Community Prep (2017).

California Distinguished Schools Award

9 California Distinguished Schools Awards

KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy (2006), KIPP LA Prep (2011, 2019 & 2021), KIPP Endeavor College Prep (2012), KIPP Academy of Opportunity (2013), KIPP Raíces Academy (2013), KIPP Comienza Community Prep (2018), KIPP Sol Academy (2021).

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11 Innovate Top Los Angeles County Public Schools

KIPP Academy of Innovation (2019 & 2020), KIPP Corazón Academy (2020), KIPP Comienza Community Prep (2019 & 2020),  KIPP Iluminar Academy (2019 & 2020), KIPP Promesa Prep (2020), KIPP Raíces Academy (2019 & 2020), KIPP Scholar Academy (2019 & 2020), KIPP Sol Academy (2019 & 2020), KIPP LA Prep (2019 & 2020), and KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy (2019 & 2020).