KIPP Atlanta Collegiate is a tuition-free, public high school in West Atlanta. As the first high school to join the very successful KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Metro Atlanta cohort of schools, we are focused on continuing KIPP’s track record of success in Atlanta Public Schools and pushing all of our scholars to college. KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School serves approximately 700 students in 9th grade through 12th grade.
It is the mission of KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (KAC) to provide rigorous academic and character skills that will ensure our students get to and through college with the resources to thrive in their future pursuits.
We are committed to ensuring that all of our students are academically prepared to go to and through college upon graduation. Research has shown that high school students who complete Advanced Placement (AP) coursework are significantly more likely to be successful in college. With that goal in mind, our curriculum has been designed to map towards The College Board’s AP program. This program allows students to take college-level courses in high school and, upon successful achievement on the AP exam, receive course credit at many institutions of higher learning. We have a goal that each major academic discipline has an AP target course that all students will complete prior to graduation (e.g. AP English Language, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP US History), but we also strive to offer a variety of elective AP courses (e.g. AP English Language, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language, AP Microeconomics, AP World History, AP Human Geography, AP Art History, and AP Music Theory) which will further expand and enhance a student’s education and learning.
We believe that the following components are necessary to empower students to define and develop their passions and determine their future goals:
A rigorous college-preparatory academic coursework and the support to master the material
More time in school and tutorial-based office hours
A daily, single-gender advisory that focuses on peer support and life strategies for increased academic success
Mandatory service-learning projects where students give back to their communities by partnering with a variety of local agencies
A structured learning environment and robust annual summer orientation for new students that prepares them with the skills and habits of mind necessary to excel in their first year
Explicit instruction in problem-solving and critical thinking
A commitment to having a positive influence on the community and greater world
Dave Howland is the founding school leader of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools’ first high school, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, which opened in 2011. Dave began his career in education as a Teach For America – Metro Atlanta corps member, where he taught English at Booker T. Washington High School. He joined the KIPP team and family as the seventh-grade English teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Prior to founding KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Dave spent a year with the KIPP School Leadership Program, where he trained and completed a residency to design the school. Dave was honored as the 2015 Atlanta Families for Excellence in Education Principal Award winner. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester and a M.Ed. in Supervision and Education Leadership from National Louis University. Despite being an ardent fan of New England sports teams, Dave considers himself a proud Atlantan. He lives in Grant Park with his wife and three kids.
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate is grateful for the support of the following community partners:
Coca-Cola assists with fundraising initiatives, concessions, teacher appreciation activities, and senior recognition awards.
Project ENGAGES at Georgia Tech allows KAC students to participate in a high school science education program, performing full-time, college-level research at Georgia Tech where they are mentored by graduate students.
Interested in volunteering at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate? Please contact Office Manager Timolin Jefferson to request more information.
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is a network of free public charter schools serving students in the communities of West Atlanta, Southeast Atlanta, and East Point. Enrollment is open to all students; any student who qualifies for public school within Atlanta Public Schools or Fulton County Schools qualifies for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools.