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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.

Find A School Near You

map of KIPP SoCal schools

Our Enrollment Platforms

We partner with ApplyLA so families can easily apply to multiple charter public schools, including all Los Angeles KIPP public schools with a single application. To apply online, please visit ApplyLA enrollment portal, create your account and then, find all of our KIPP SoCal schools easily by typing in "KIPP" in the search bar.

Learn more about our enrollment process.

Application for our KIPP Compton Community School in Compton and KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy in San Diego are handled through the KIPP SoCal/SchoolMint application portal. To apply online, please submit application here, create an account and apply to the KIPP SoCal public school of your choice.

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).

In 2017, KIPP SoCal elementary schools performed in the top 10% of all elementary schools in the state of California on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test.

Grades TK-4

Grades 5-8 click here

Comienza Community Prep

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Huntington Park

Grades TK-8

Compton Community School

KIPP Compton Community School

Compton

Grades TK-2

Corazón Academy

KIPP Corazón Academy

South Gate

Grades TK-7

Empower Academy

KIPP Empower Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

Ignite Academy

KIPP Ignite Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

Illuminar Academy

KIPP Iluminar Academy

East Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

Promesa Prep

KIPP Promesa Prep

Boyle Heights

Grades TK-4

Pueblo Unido

KIPP Pueblo Unido

Maywood

Grades TK-1 & 6

Raices Academy

KIPP Raíces Academy

East Los Angeles

Grades TK-4

Vida Preparatory Academy

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 learning experiences that see, develop, and inspire their greatest potential. 

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

Grades 5-8

KIPP Academy of Innovation

KIPP Academy of Innovation

East Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Academy of Opportunity

KIPP Academy of Opportunity

South Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy

San Diego

Grades 5-8

KIPP LA Prep

KIPP LA Prep

Boyle Heights

Grades 5-8

KIPP Philosophers Academy

KIPP Philosophers Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Scholar Academy

KIPP Scholar Academy

South Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Sol Academy

KIPP Sol Academy

East Los Angeles

Grades 5-8

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Huntington Park

Grades TK-8

KIPP Corazon Academy

KIPP Corazón Academy

South Gate

Grades TK-7

Pueblo Unido

KIPP Pueblo Unido

Maywood

Grades TK-1 & 6