KIPP Metro Atlanta schools are free, public charter schools. Admission to KIPP Metro Atlanta schools is granted to students regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background. If there are more interested students and families than we have space for, a lottery is conducted for admission. More than 95% of KIPP Metro Atlanta students are African-American. More than 75% are eligible for the federally reduced meal program.
To equip students with the academic skills, scholarly habits, and character traits necessary to be successful in top quality colleges and the competitive world beyond.
We believe if you demand higher expectations, provide more time for instruction for learning, and hire excellent teachers and school principals, students will achieve at high levels.
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:
High Expectations. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create a culture of achievement and support, an environment in which students are prepared for the rigors of high school and college.
Choice & Commitment. Everyone at KIPP makes a commitment to his or her school and to one another to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
More Time. With an extended school day, week, and year, students spend more time in school learning and have more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
Power To Lead. The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders. They are free to innovate, make staffing changes, and swiftly move dollars, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
Focus On Results. KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures, as well as emphasize continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
KIPP Metro Atlanta is built on the premise that all children will learn if given the opportunities and supports to do so. KIPP Metro Atlanta makes a promise to support and guide each student as they “climb the mountain to and through college.” A college education is critical in today’s ever changing, global economy. The impact of a college education nearly doubles an individual’s earning potential over their lifetime (US Census Bureau).
KIPP Metro Atlanta provides an opportunity for students to develop solid academic as well as social skills that build the character habits necessary for success in college and also in life. By helping our students close the achievement gap, KIPP Metro Atlanta schools play a part in building a better tomorrow for our students, schools, and communities.
Commitment to Excellence
KIPP is a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. All three parties sign a learning pledge called the Commitment to Excellence, which ensures that each will do whatever it takes to help the student learn.
KIPP Metro Atlanta schools focus on results, more time and high expectations. Our students:
- Attend school daily from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm (except Wednesday when students are dismissed at 3:00pm)
- Attend school for 1/2 day every other Saturday (as required)
- Attend a two-to-three week summer session prior to the start of the full school year
The KIPP Foundation commissioned Mathematic Policy Research to conduct a rigorous third party evaluation to examine how KIPP schools fare over the long term. KIPP WAYS Academy, KIPP South Fulton Academy and KIPP STRIVE Academy were included in the study. To view the results of this study click here.