Frequently Asked Questions: Enrollment






How do I enroll my child at a KIPP school in Los Angeles? 

In order to enroll a child at a KIPP LA school, parents must submit an interest form to the school in which they would like to enroll during the interest periodA single interest form cannot be used for multiple children. A separate interest form must be submitted for every child in a family.  To apply now, click here. 

What is the lottery? How does the waitlist work? How will I be notified if my child is selected? 

Each year, KIPP LA's schools have a fixed number of seats available for incoming transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and fifth-grade students. If we receive more interest forms than there are available spaces, admission will be determined by a random lottery, as required by charter law. The number of spaces varies by school and grade. The lottery is a method for ensuring each student has an equal opportunity to be accepted.

Once all available seats have been filled, the lottery continues to generate the waitlist. All remaining students are placed on the waitlist in the order that they are drawn. If a space becomes available, students are called from the waitlist. 

All parents will be notified of their student's acceptance status and/or number on the waitlist shortly after the lottery is completed. Your attendance at the lottery is encouraged but not mandatory.  In order to ensure you receive prompt notification, be sure to list an accurate mailing address and phone number on your interest form. If your address or phone number changes, please notify the school as soon as possible so they can reach you.

Do you accept applications for grades other than Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st, or 5th?

Our schools occasionally have spaces for new students in grades other than Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first, or fifth. Because most of our student return year after year, there are often few seats, resulting in long waitlists. We tend to not have any spaces available in the later grades for each school level (3rd and 4th grade in elementary schools, 7th and 8th grade in middle schools). Reach out to each individual school for more details. 


How old does my child have to be to attend?

Like all public schools in California, students must turn five years old by a specific date in order to enroll in kindergarten at KIPP LA's elementary schools in a given year. For the 2016-17 school year and each school year thereafter, the date is September 1. For example, if you would like to enroll your child in kindergarten at a KIPP LA elementary school for the 2016-17 school year, your child must turn five years old on or before September 1, 2016. 

If your child’s fifth birthday is between September 2 and December 2, you qualify for Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

TK is a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. A child is eligible for TK if his or her fifth birthday falls between September 2 and December 2. If a child’s fifth birthday falls after December 2, they are deemed too young for TK and Kindergarten and will have to wait to apply for the following school year. 

How much does it cost to apply or attend?

There is no cost to apply or attend a KIPP LA school. All of KIPP LA's schools are free public schools.

Does my child have to take any entrance exams? 

There are no required entrance exams for admission to KIPP LA's schools. Our schools are open enrollment. All students are welcomed. 

What are the preferences given to applicants?

KIPP LA's schools are required by charter law to give preference to students living within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Each school may also give preference to the siblings of current students at a given KIPP LA school. We are not able to give preference to a sibling who is applying to a different KIPP LA school. Sibling is defined as a student's brother or sister, or as sharing the same legal guardian.

What if I do not live in Los Angeles?

KIPP LA's schools are required to give preference to students living within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, we occasionally are able to accept students from other municipalities, space permitting.


When is the deadline to submit an interest form for the 2016-17 school year?

Each school has unique deadlines for interest forms. Please visit our enrollment information page for more details.

What happens if I miss the interest period deadline?

If you miss the deadline for interest forms and a lottery has been required, your student's name will be placed at the end of the waitlist. If there was not a sufficient number of interest forms to require a lottery, students will be admitted or placed on the waitlist in the order that interest forms are received. 

When will I find out if my child is accepted?

Each school holds its own lottery. Parents may attend the lottery. If you do not attend, you will be notified of your child's admittance status shortly after the lottery by mail and telephone by the school. 


What grades are available for 2016-17?
Middle Schools Grades
KIPP Academy of Innovation 5-7
KIPP Academy of Opportunity 5-8
KIPP LA Prep 5-8
KIPP Philosophers Academy 5-8
KIPP Scholar Academy 5-8
KIPP Sol Academy 5-8
Elementary Schools Grades
KIPP Comienza Community Prep TK-4
KIPP Empower Academy TK-4
KIPP Ignite Academy TK-1
KIPP Illuminar Academy TK-4
KIPP Promesa Preparatory  TK-1
KIPP Raíces Academy  TK-4
KIPP Vida Preparatory Academy  TK-3
Where are the schools located?

Please see the school directory for information on school locations.

Do you take students with special needs and/or have an IEP?

Yes. All students may participate in the lottery regardless of background, academic record, or special education eligibility. Currently, 10% of our students have special needs or an IEP.

What are your school hours? How long is the school day?

Each KIPP LA school sets its own hours and school day. A typical day is from 7:30am - 4:00pm. Some schools offer after school programming that can extend the day to 6 pm. Below are hours for KIPP LA middle and elementary schools. Please note that these hours are subject to change. 


Sample Elementary Schedule
Sample Middle Schedule

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Do you provide busing or transportation?

We do not provide busing or transportation for students.

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school may be different at each campus. Generally, the school year begins in mid-August. 

Do you offer lunch services?

KIPP LA Schools is proud to participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Many KIPP LA families are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. To see if your student is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, upon your acceptance please fill out a meal eligibility application, available at each school's office. We are proud to serve Revolution Foods in all of our schools.

How can I contact the school?

Please visit the school's website for contact information. A directory of schools can be found here.

What is the school calendar?

Please see individual school websites to view their calendar.

What is KIPP LA Schools?

KIPP LA Schools (KIPP LA) is a non-profit organization that operates free, open-enrollment, public charter schools focused on preparing students in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles for success in school, college, and life. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 183 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC serving 70,000 students.