News & Stories Blog

"Mariachi music is the heart of our culture." KIPP SoCal’s Student Enrollment Associate, Cynthia Avila, is dedicated to preserving Mariachi culture, advocating for social justice, immigration, equality, and women empowerment.

During Latinx Heritage Month, Yuliana Espinoza, KIPPStar teacher at KIPP Comienza Community Prep, shared about her family, the determination for success, and a “Day in the Life” of teaching third grade.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It's important to understand the issues concerning suicide and mental health, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

Thanks to a generous donation made to KIPP SoCal Public Schools, KIPPsters received a solid science foundation with complete science take-home kits during Distance Learning.

Meet alumnus Cedric Joe, star of the "Space Jam" movie — he shares his learnings at KIPP SoCal, and accomplishments and advice in acting.

As we prepare for our first day back at school, we reflect on this past academic year with a “Day in the Life” of Emily Barclay, music teacher at KIPP Raíces Academy, during distance learning.

As our founding class has officially graduated high school and are onto their next chapter — we celebrate their milestones and connections over the years.

Meet Aris Reyes, a second generation Mexican-American trans man from Boyle Heights, CA and a KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory alumnus. He shares his years journey of advocating for trans rights, which led him to found and become the Executive Director of American Trans Resource Hub.

In our celebration of Juneteenth and Black liberation, we recognize the importance of connecting with our history, recognizing that those who walk among us are the descendants of this time in our nation’s past. Our very own Chief Talent and Equity Officer, Michelle Rojas-Soto, recently discovered that her ties to Juneteenth were just four generations away.

During this Pride month, we want to highlight that at KIPP SoCal Public Schools, we believe in equality for all. We believe in creating spaces where people can share openly, be celebrated, and show up as themselves, which are crucial parts of a safe, healthy community.

Hi, my name is Nisha Vasaveda. I’m the Co-Founding School Leader at KIPP Pueblo Unido Upper School. I wanted to do work where I was working with people to have an impact that I could believe in and stand behind.

MOKA is a true celebration of the visual, digital, and performing arts, in its 15th year of supporting our whole-child approach to education!

My name is Tessa Mizokami and I am the Founding School Leader at KIPP Pueblo Unido Lower School. Every KIPPster, every family, every teacher, who joins our Pueblo makes our school a special place!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our Resource Specialist Program Teacher’s day during Distance Learning at our public school, shared by Danielle Smalls at KIPP Pueblo Unido Upper School.

At KIPP SoCal we understand the impact that mental health and trauma can have on learning and behavior which is why our public schools are trauma-informed and focused on building resilience through our HEART initiative.

Alana Herbert, KTC College Match Counselor, is bringing the financial literacy topic out of the shadows. She hopes to educate students on how to build a solid financial foundation for the future.

To connect students with Mother Nature, KIPP Empower Academy (KEA) and nonprofit GrowingGreat are celebrating Earth Month in KEA’s garden!

Even when our KIPPsters are distance learning, our physical educators have adapted and continue providing guidance with an array of enjoyable lessons to help students meet the national daily standard of physical activity.

KIPP SoCal partnered with the YWCA of the Harbor Area, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Are you experiencing difficulties in creating a learning environment that’s engaging and motivating for your children? Join us for KIPP SoCal’s March #WellnessWednesday community information session.

Three of our KIPPsters from KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy — Vanessa Banks, Yailin Dircio, and Breanna Munguia — have ignited their imagination and jump-started their professional writing career by co-authoring and publishing their first book — "Un-Mutable."

Get a behind-the-scenes look at a third grade teacher’s day during Distance Learning at our public school — shared by Third Grade Teacher and Grade-Level Chair at KIPP Raíces Academy, Edana St. Pierre.

There are those that spend the better part of their lives dedicated to helping other people rise. Brent Burton (KIPP SoCal’s amazing School Psychologist, Shani Burton’s, dad!) is certainly one of those guardian angels with a commitment to the fostering of Black youth that has spanned a lifetime.

Beyond his role as an extraordinary Business Operations Manager at KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy, Maurice Buntin, is a community builder, making sure that he puts the values of his upbringing into action, and continuing to invest in the children at his school and in his community through an amazing organization he’s been involved with nearly a decade, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA).

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our special education teacher’s day during distance learning at our public school — shared by our Resource Specialist at KIPP Compton Community School, Dr. Shadi Seyedyousef.