What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The “charter” establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.
Source: US Charter Schools (uscharterschools.org)
How can I enroll my child at KIPP?
As free, open enrollment, public charter schools, KIPP Jacksonville has a spring enrollment season that starts in February and ends late April for the following school year. We accept students via a lottery system, and require a simple application that will become available by early February.
Each year at KIPP Jacksonville Schools, we host Info Sessions where families can meet staff members, learn more about school policies, and ask questions. Please click on Parent Info Sessions for exact dates and times.
If your child is selected for enrollment, we will be in contact about the necessary paperwork to complete the enrollment process and hold the student’s spot.
Are KIPP Jacksonville Schools public schools?
Yes, KIPP Jacksonville Schools are public charter schools. They receive public funding and are held accountable for their academic results and financial stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Like traditional public schools, our students take the state exam annually. However, public charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools.
What grades does KIPP Jacksonville serve?
KIPP Jacksonville Schools serves grades K – 4th and 6th – 8th this school year (2016-17).
What are the chances of my child getting into a KIPP Jacksonville School?
As a free, open-enrollment charter school, all are welcome to apply. A lottery will then be held in the late spring and families are notified of the lottery results within several business days of the lottery. KIPP Jacksonville Schools will take at least 200 kindergarten students this year, with more limited space in other grades. As our current students move onto the next grade level, we will determine the number of spots available in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8.
Do KIPP students need to reapply each year?
No. Once a child enrolls at KIPP Jacksonville Schools, that student does not need to reapply each year. However, if your student is put on the waiting list, a new application is needed every year to be reconsidered for the lottery.
Do you have to pay to attend a KIPP Jacksonville School?
No. KIPP Jacksonville Schools are tuition-free, public charter schools. Once enrolled, there is a nominal fee for our required school uniforms.
How do I apply to teach at a KIPP?
KIPP Jacksonville Schools seek qualified, passionate individuals for teaching positions. Please click here to learn more about our process and open positions.
Does KIPP Jacksonville receive public funding?
Yes. As public charter schools, we receive funds from federal, state, and local government. State and federal funding comprise the large majority of our budget. In order to provide our students with our longer school day, week and year and our well-rounded, college-preparatory education, we raise funds from private sources to fill the gap.