KIPP Poder Public School is a tuition-free, college-preparatory charter public elementary school and is part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 256 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC.

At KIPP Poder Public School, we believe in the power, el poder, we all carry within ourselves. This strength is defined by your identity, culture, heritage, and roots. It is when you unleash the power you have within that you are able to reach your highest potential, liberate your future, and accomplish all of the great things you are destined to achieve.

*A grade level will be added each year until we are fully grown with TK-8th grade.

Our School Vision for KIPP Poder Public School

School Core Values

  • Love
  • Wisdom
  • Pride
  • Community

School Leader

Daisy Salazar-Garza

Founding School Leader

“Our school puts our students’ identities and community at the forefront of our instruction. We care for and support each of our students in everything that we do."

Grades TK-K

School Address

630 Leonard Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Main Office

T. 323.388.4407

About Our School Leader

Daisy Salazar-Garza has been at KIPP for the past 11 years, with 13 years experience in education. Previously to KIPP SoCal, she was a school leader, dean, and teacher at KIPP Infinity Elementary in New York. Her dedication to KIPP comes from her deep belief in the vision and mission to work closely with our families and communities to build joyful and excellent schools that create limitless opportunities for our students.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she experienced firsthand the inequities in our public education system and the impact this has on students, families, and communities. Her passion for education comes from being a first generation college student and proud daughter of two Mexican immigrant parents from Jerez, Zacatecas. She strives to lead a public school that provides a meaningful, equitable, and empowering education to all students. She is excited for KIPP Poder Public School to reflect and honor the beauty, resilience, and complexity of our students, families, and communities’ identities.

Montebello Community Stories

Montebello Community Partnerships

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is the largest Latinx-oriented, family services organization in the United States that provides high-quality social services and programs to communities in need — while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture. Check out their programs in early childhood education and family services, job training, and more at www.maof.org.