KIPP South Fulton Academy is a tuition-free public charter middle school located in South Fulton County. Founded in 2003, we educate approximately 320 students in fifth through eighth grade. KIPP South Fulton Academy is part of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools and the national KIPP network of schools preparing students for success in college and in life.
The mission of KIPP South Fulton Academy is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, character, and physical fitness of students in South Fulton County, thereby creating opportunities for success in top-notch high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond.
At KIPP South Fulton Academy, we believe there are no shortcuts to success. Our teachers, students and parents sign the KIPP Commitment to Excellence to ensure everyone understands the dedication and hard work it takes to obtain a college education. Students receive rigorous daily instruction in the core curricular areas of reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Students also take courses in other areas such as physical education, computer technology, study skills, high school prep, band, dance, and theater to round out their middle school experience.
At KIPP South Fulton Academy, we have chosen a focused approach to teaching, learning, and implementing four key character strengths: grit, optimism, social intelligence, and gratitude. We believe that education should attend not only to the minds of our children, but to their bodies and spirits as well. Our program has a strong character education component, focusing on the core values of family and friendship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence. We believe that the most impactful way to teach character is through “Big KIPPsters” (our staff members) modeling what strong character looks like for our students. We inculcate staff members with the character strengths during professional development work sessions, and teachers infuse them into their lessons. SFA is focused on educating the whole child.
Siobhan Gardner is the principal of KIPP South Fulton Academy. She began her career as a Teach For America Corps Member in Newark, New Jersey, where she taught fifth grade mathematics. During her fourteen year tenure at KIPP South Fulton Academy, Siobhan has been a fifth grade mathematics teacher, KIPP Through College advisor, and both an upper and lower school assistant principal. Siobhan is a graduate of Emory University.
Recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as a Highest Performing Reward School (top five percent of Title I schools in the state) for four consecutive years
Principal Jondré Pryor won the 2016 Georgia Charter School Association Principal of the Year Award
Math teacher Brandom Jones was named the 2015 Georgia Charter School Association Teacher of the Year
Recognized as a 2012 Georgia School of Excellence by the Georgia Department of Education
Girls’ basketball and flag football teams won the 2015 Luke Sports league
UR Worth It! has partnered with KIPP South Fulton Academy to bring their U Can Do It! Leadership Empowerment Achievement Program (LEAP) to the 6th grade class. UR Worth It was founded to help children build confidence, communicate effectively, take responsibility for their actions, and set goals for success and thus heighten self-worth. The program includes both the students and their parents or caretakers and is designed and implemented by PhD Psychologists over a 12 month period.
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.