KIPP WAYS Academy is a free, public charter school. Admission to KIPP WAYS Academy is granted to students regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background. This means there are no academic requirements that need to be met for enrollment. The only enrollment requirement is that your child resides within the Atlanta Public Schools district. If there are more interested students and families than we have space for, a lottery is conducted for admission. Upon enrollment, you will be asked to sign the school's Commitment to Excellence which outlines the commitments you, your child, and your child’s teacher agree to make to ensure a successful experience at KIPP WAYS Academy.
The enrollment period for the 2015-16 school year will open on January 1, 2015. Parents may continue to submit applications throughout the remainder of the school year. Applications submitted after the lottery date of March 16, 2015 will be placed on the wait list.
Enrollment and Waitlist Process
Any student zoned to Atlanta Public Schools is eligible for enrollment in KIPP WAYS Academy. KIPP is a four-year program, and therefore students are expected to commit to the school from 5th to 8th grade. Families are encouraged to apply during their child’s 4th grade year (for 5th grade) as slots are very limited in upper grades. There is no academic prerequisite for admission to KIPP WAYS Academy. Open enrollment began on January 1, 2015 and ended at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 13, 2015. Our lottery was held on Monday, March 16, 2015.
The attendance zone for KIPP WAYS Middle School is divided into three areas. First priority is given to children of families living in Focus Area 1, which is comprised of the 30314 zip code. If space allows, priority is given next to children of families living in Focus Area 2, which is comprised of students living in the 30318 zip code. Focus Area 3 includes all areas within the APS attendance zone that are not within the 30314 or 30318 zip codes.
Process for Lottery
If the number of applicants to KIPP WAYS Academy exceeds capacity, a random selection process will be used for admission, with first preference given to siblings of students already enrolled in the school as well as children of staff and teachers of the school. The lottery was held on Monday, March 16, 2015.
Waitlist Information (How to apply after March 16, 2015)
After the lottery, interested parents can still submit enrollment forms; their children are added to our waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to complete an application to add your child to the 2015-16 waitlist. Parents will be contacted via the email address provided to school on the application if a seat becomes available.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend?
KIPP WAYS Academy is a 5th – 8th grade program. Any 4th grader zoned to Atlanta Public Schools is eligible to enroll for 5th grade. The school does not consider grades or test scores.
Because the KIPP experience is based upon a 4-year model, students are expected to commit to KIPP WAYS Academy beginning in 5th grade. In order to make the school available to as many students as possible, KIPP WAYS Academy will continue to admit new students in 6th grade if slots are available.
Where is the school located?
Currently, KIPP WAYS Academy is located at 350 Temple Street, NW 30314 in the former Herndon Elementary building.
What is a charter school?
KIPP WAYS Academy is a free public charter school. The school operates using public tax dollars and its charter is authorized by the Atlanta Board of Education and the Georgia State Board of Education. Students are eligible for the same state and federal programs (including free or reduced lunch) at KIPP WAYS Academy.
Are uniforms required?
Yes, students are required to wear uniforms each day. Uniform shirts are provided by the school for a small fee.
Is transportation provided?
The school is committed to working with families throughout West Atlanta to meet their transportation needs. Families outside the school's designated transportation zone may need to provide their own transportation.
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