KIPP has a network of 255 public-charter schools for early childhood, primaries, middle and high school students, all of which provide non-profit funding. KIPP schools are open to all pupils, free from tuition, and public charter schools. If parent demand exceeds KIPP school enrollment capability, students are allowed on a lottery basis.
Each KIPP school shall have a licence — typically a district school board, university or state education department — that makes it comply with its charter obligations and complies with federal , state and local regulations. It shall be allowed to operate a charter school licensee. KIPP schools are financed mainly from federal , state and local public funds, along with additional support from foundations and private individuals through charitable donations.
KIPP – Washington Heights Elementary School
KIPP Washington Heights Elementary is a community in which every participant provides help in being curious, making decisions, performing at high expectations and driven to continue their own life and learning with trust and character. They create a community by building relationships and affirming their different identities with and among students. They promote learning opportunities where students recognize and evaluate problems and create their own ideas and opinions. As teachers, they embrace the creation and excitement of learning that we want for our students by taking a daily and group reflection of our teaching practice. Ultimately, students attain high levels and are able to successfully contribute to and affect their society and the world as they travel to and from college and beyond.
The classroom starts with a morning group meeting at KipP Washington Heights. This time, relationships and group construction are the subject of attention. In the morning, students enjoy reading and reading with their teacher in small groups. Students participate in algebra, writing and reading classes during the day. They still enrich themselves every day, as well as science , art, theater or health, in one or two classes.
The family is a core component of our culture. They have many family activities including monthly Coffee & Talks, Saturday School events where families learn to help children with various issues at home (and enter fun parenting classrooms!) and annual events such as our Carnival end of the year and Staff vs. Parent Basketball Game. The families have also the ability to engage in therapy training courses and demonstrations. They also encourage families to meet representatives in New York City and Albany to lobby for matters affecting the neighborhood in Washington Heights.