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Our KIPP SoCal Approach

At KIPP SoCal elementary and middle schools, our whole-child approach follows our KIPPsters along their path to and through college. Our approach not only focuses on rigorous academics, but also provides character development, enrichment, activities, social-emotional learning, physical and mental health programs, and the nurturing of one's purpose.

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.

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).

US News & World Report Best Elementary School

U.S. News & World Report Best Elementary Schools

KIPP Comienza Community Prep (2022), KIPP Iluminar Academy (2022), KIPP Promesa Prep (2022), KIPP Raíces Academy (2022)

US News & World Report Best Middle School

U.S. News & World Report Best Middle Schools

KIPP Academy of Innovation (2022), KIPP Comienza Community Prep (2022), KIPP Los Angeles Preparatory Academy (2022), KIPP Scholar Academy (2022), KIPP Sol Academy (2022)

Find Your Neighborhood KIPP SoCal Public School

We offer grades TK-8th within 4 school districts in Southern California: Los Angeles, Montebello, Compton, and San Diego. 

Academic Calendar

We recognize the importance of keeping our families informed about events and activities on campus. You can access the 2022-2023 academic calendar for your neighborhood KIPP school below.

Our Elementary Schools 

Our award-winning elementary schools, grades TK-4, are founded on community, care, and the cultivation of a love of learning. Our goal is to ensure that we see, develop, and inspire the greatest potential in each KIPPster. There is a strong emphasis on foundational literacy, conceptual math, and exposure to a multitude of STEAM experiences (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

KIPP SoCal Elementary Schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools, California Distinguished Schools, Innovate Top LA County Public Schools and in 2022, U.S. News and World Report named four of KIPP SoCal schools as among the Best Elementary Schools in the nation. 

Grades TK-4

Grades 5-8 click here

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Huntington Park

Grades TK-8

KIPP Compton
Community School

Compton

Grades TK-4

KIPP Corazón
Academy

South Gate

Grades TK-8

KIPP Empower
Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

KIPP Endeavor
College Prep

Boyle Heights

Grades TK-8

KIPP Ignite
Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

KIPP Iluminar Academy

East Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

KIPP Poder Public School

Montebello Area

Grades TK-1

KIPP Promesa Prep

Boyle Heights

Grades TK-4

KIPP Pueblo Unido

Maywood & Huntington Park

Grades TK-3 & 6-8

KIPP Raíces Academy

East Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

Our Middle Schools

Middle school is the place and space to begin the development of our KIPPsters' identities as informed and engaged citizens of their school, their communities and of the world. They learn to think deeply, to write passionately, and to engage thoughtfully through rigorous and affirming learning experiences.

At KIPP SoCal, 94% of middle-school alumni graduate from high school. Students meet with their KIPP Forward (formerly KIPP Through College) counselors in seventh grade and develop relationships with their mentors throughout high school, college, and career.

KIPP SoCal Middle Schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools, California Distinguished Schools, Innovate Top LA County Public Schools and in 2022, U.S. News and World Report named five of KIPP SoCal schools as among the Best Middle Schools in the nation. 

Grades 5-8

KIPP Academy of Innovation

East Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Academy of Opportunity

South Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

San Diego

Grades 5-8

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Huntington Park

Grades TK-8

KIPP Corazón Academy

South Gate

Grades TK-8

KIPP Endeavor College Prep

Boyle Heights

Grades TK-8

KIPP Generations Academy

Gardena

Grades 5-6

KIPP LA Prep

Boyle Heights

Grades 5-8

KIPP Philosophers Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Pueblo Unido

Maywood & Huntington Park

Grades TK-3 & 6-8

KIPP Scholar Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Sol Academy

East Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

How to Apply for 2022-2023 School Year

Apply Online from Home!

Applications to all KIPP SoCal Public Schools are handled through the KIPP SoCal SchoolMint portal. To apply online, create an account in SchoolMint, add your contact information and student information,  and then select any KIPP SoCal public schools you’re interested in. You will be prompted to rank schools based on your preferences, but please note that these rankings are informational only and not binding; you will be able to enroll in any schools that are able to offer you a seat.

  • If you have applied in the past, you should already have an account. You should be able to log-in using either your email address or phone number (without any parentheses or dashes) at kippsocal.schoolmint.net, even if you originally created this account in ApplyLA.

Apply Easily by Phone!

Feel free to call KIPP SoCal's enrollment line at (323) 647-8898. Please leave a message with your name & number so we can return your call and take your information by phone. 

For step-by-step instructions on how to apply, watch our video in English or Español, or contact us at our KIPP Enrollment Line at (323) 647-8898.

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