KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We believe all students can learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity.

Our Mission

Together with families and communities, KIPP Public Schools Northern California creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and create a more just world.

We know that we can’t succeed without an active and explicit commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more about our commitment here.

Where We Are

KIPP Northern California has 21 schools in 7 cities educating elementary, middle, and high school students. Located in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Redwood City, San Francisco, San José, San Lorenzo, and now Stockton!

We are grateful to our community partners and the leaders in Stockton who invited us to partner with them to open a network of tuition free public schools open to all students. Our first school opened in 2021. Learn more about our KIPP Stockton Community.

Special Education

KIPP Northern California provides high quality services for educating students with disabilities to prepare them for a successful transition to a choice-filled adult life. We recognize the unique needs of each student and design individualized education programs that enable each student to fully participate in and benefit from their KIPP school community and the world at large.

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Mental Health & Wellness

KIPP Northern California aims to provide high-quality, client-centered, and culturally responsive mental health services designed to support students with varying levels of need. All students should have access to quality mental health services and as such, all services are free to students and provided regardless of insurance in order to reduce barriers to mental health care, meet students where they are at, and challenge mental health stigma.

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What Makes KIPP Different?

KIPP Public Schools Northern California’s free public charter schools prepare students for success in college and opportunities in life. We believe every child can grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities. KIPP Bay Area

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Sense of Belonging

KIPP provides a positive, supportive, and anti-racist learning environment where all students are known, respected, and empowered. 

  • 100% of our schools prioritize social-emotional learning through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports; 100% of our schools have mental health counselors, which is available to all students irrespective of insurance status

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Academic Excellence

KIPP fosters a culture of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity through individualized instruction that meets the learning needs of every student. 

  • KIPP Northern California high schools are ranked in the top 5% of public high schools in the country, according to US News & World Report 
  • 59% of KIPP students meet or exceed California State academic standards for English Language Arts (compared to 50% across the state)
  • 47% of KIPP students meet or exceed California State academic standards for Math (compared to 39% across the state) *2021 results
  • Award winning schools, for example: 9 California Distinguished School Awards, 2 National Blue Ribbon Awards, among others 

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Family & Community Partnerships

KIPP partners with families and local organizations in their communities to support healthy development for children. 

  • KIPP partners with community organizations including: El Concilio California, YMCA, Community Partnerships for Families of San Joaquin, Housing Authority of San Joaquin, Boys & Girls Club, College Track, Bayview Hunters’ Point Clinic, among many others

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Developing Leaders of Color

KIPP creates a sense of belonging and fortifies the positive racial identity of emerging leaders of color at our schools.

  • 83% of our executive team, 59% of our school principals, and 62% of our teachers identify as people of color 

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College and Career Guidance

KIPP works with high school students and 4,000 alumni each year on a path to college, career, and beyond. 

  • Over time, 89% of all KIPP Northern California high school students have matriculated to college and progressive pathways
  • Our alumni graduate college at four times the rate of their peers

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Becoming Anti-Racist 

We embed anti-racism into the core of who we are and what we do. 

  • We seek to disrupt racial and socio-economic inequities in access and outcomes so that ALL of our students, families, and alumni thrive
  • The pandemic has disproportionately affected the academic and socio-emotional progress of students like ours, especially Black students, students who qualify for specialized services, and multilingual learners 
  • To ensure we are designing for success at the margins, we are implementing a set of strategies to expand an equitable funding model for students who have an individualized education plan (IEP) and/or are multilingual learners, and schools with large populations of students in these groups 

See the results and statistics for KIPP Northern California in all our regions and schools.