Promise & Commitment
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is built on the premise that all children can learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity and support to do so. In 2003, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools opened our first middle schools, KIPP South Fulton Academy and KIPP WAYS Academy. Our goal was to graduate students with the strength of character and academic abilities needed to succeed in life—and in so doing, to prove what is possible in urban education. We promised to do whatever was necessary to help our students succeed on the journey to and through college, and we asked them, and their families, to make the same commitment.
More than a decade later, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools continues to keep our promise to our students and community. We currently serve 3,250 students across eight schools—three elementary schools, four middle schools, and one high school—and over 1000 alumni in the KIPP Through College program. Our tuition-free, college-preparatory public charter schools are located in the educationally underserved neighborhoods of West End, Southeast Atlanta, and East Point. Our schools enroll all students, regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background. If there are more interested students and families than space allows, a lottery is conducted for admission each spring.
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools offers the communities we serve a robust learning environment in which students develop the academic skills, scholarly habits, and character traits they need to succeed in college and in life. KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is playing an important part in closing the educational opportunity gap and building a better tomorrow for our students, schools, and communities.
In 2009, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools embarked on a growth plan to open six schools in six years and create a comprehensive Kindergarten-through-college path for our scholars. We started by adding two more middle schools to our original two, to serve new neighborhoods and address our growing waitlist.
In 2011, we opened our high school, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, to serve students who graduate from our middle schools in Atlanta Public Schools and help ensure they can attain the highest levels of college readiness. In 2012-14, we opened three primary schools so that our youngest learners receive a college-preparatory education from the very beginning. As our schools grow one grade level at a time, we will continue to add seats until the fall of 2018, when our schools will serve 3,500 scholars in all grades K-12.