About KIPP SoCal

KIPP LA Public Schools and KIPP San Diego Public Schools have united as one nonprofit organization to form KIPP SoCal Public Schools, leveraging over 15 years of experience to better meet the needs of our students and families.

Together, we operate 19 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools educating nearly 8,200 students and supporting 4,300 alumni to and through college. 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

8,200 students

We Support

4,300 alumni

We Operate

19 schools

We Are KIPP SoCal

Our Mission

KIPP SoCal's mission is to teach the academic skills, foster the intellectual habits, and cultivate the character traits needed for our students to thrive in school, college, and life. Through the success of our students, the KIPP team will serve as a model of excellence and collaborate with others to raise the quality of education for the nearly 950,000 students attending low-performing schools across Southern California.

KIPP Approach

At KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal - college and a choice-filled life. 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

5 California Distinguished Schools Awards

KIPP LA Prep (2011 & 2018), KIPP Academy of Opportunity (2013), KIPP Raíces Academy (2013), & KIPP Comienza Community Prep (2018).