KIPP Vision Primary is a tuition-free, public charter elementary school in Southeast Atlanta. It is located on the KIPP Vision Campus, along with KlPP Vision Academy. KIPP Vision Primary opened in July 2013 with 100 kindergarten students, and will grow a grade per year until serving grades K-4 in 2017.
The mission of KIPP Vision Primary is to empower all students with the character, scholarly habits, and academic skills critical for becoming leaders in their communities and essential for success in top quality middle schools, high schools, colleges and the competitive world beyond.
At KIPP Vision Primary, we work diligently with scholars to develop their innate character strengths and to cultivate critical thinking in all content areas. We have selected a standards-based curriculum that supports scholars to dig deeper into the content and who they are while supporting curiosity and creativity. We recognize that no curriculum is an exact match to every scholar’s needs, therefore we make data-based modifications and supplement packaged curriculum resources as necessary. We place a high value on the ability to explain one’s thinking and we utilize a constructivist approach in most areas. We also ensure that scholars understand not only what they are doing, but also why and how it is relevant in their life inside and outside of KIPP Vision Primary.
At KIPP Vision Primary we believe that ALL children are created with a unique purpose and a charge to do great things. Therefore, we are committed to creating a warm and nurturing environment that cultivates in each student a passion for learning, a commitment to excellence and the scholarly habits needed to reach their full potential. We do this through exposure to real life, culturally relevant experiences; explicit character development, with a focus on student accountability; meaningful partnerships with parents, guardians, and the community.
Wheda Carletos is the founding Principal of KIPP Vision Primary. She started her teaching career at the former Herndon Elementary School in Atlanta Public Schools. Wheda then joined the KIPP team and family as a fifth-grade teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She then went on to serve as curriculum specialist for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools as well as dean at KIPP Vision Academy. Wheda holds a B.A. from Georgia State University, a M.A. in Public Health from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
KIPP Vision Primary is grateful for the support of the following community partners:
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Boys and Girls Club
Ronald McDonald House
We are always seeking dedicated volunteers. After making prior arrangements with our Director of Community Affairs, community members are able to volunteer in the school by being a guest speaker, helping teachers file papers and performing other clerical duties, reading to a small group of students, assisting with our extracurricular programs, and donating needed supplies.
2013 – 2014 Highest CCRPI Award in all of Atlanta Public Schools
2015 – 2016 Finalist for Families First Award
Named a top-performing school across the national KIPP network for three consecutive years
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.