KIPP Texas is part of the free public school system in Texas. There are no admission fees or tuition.
KIPP Texas students enter by lottery, with no test for admission and no screening. Click here to learn more about KIPP Texas and the lottery.
Restorative practices in schools begin with relationship building and equitable learning environments. Exclusionary discipline practices often are nourished by implicit biases and institutionalized disparities, and aimed unevenly at identified groups of students. Restorative practices are a way to dismantle the inequitable practices in our schools. We have begun to look at inclusionary discipline and restorative practices that allow students to play the central role in restoring the school community so that all students feel safe and can learn at high levels.
At KIPP Texas Public Schools, we believe that the student experience is the anchor for our school culture and students are the heart. The Heartbeat is our “guidebook”, and it describes the cultural norms, beliefs and values that make up a KIPP Texas school. It holds true that our ability to educate our students rests upon the notion that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in our schools. This requires a network-wide common understanding of the essential content and culturally relevant experiences that all students encounter in our schools. This is also true for the character development, recognition, and advancement that ensure each one of our students can navigate through the world as a global citizen.
Education should be seen as an opportunity for students to develop a range of cognitive, personal, and social competencies. We believe that our schools should help our students improve their general well-being, not just their academic skills. Students come to school with different abilities and motivations for learning, making strong decisions, and performing academically. Because of these individual and social complexities, we need a broader perspective for education in which success means more than just academic achievement.
We strongly believe that developing an emphasis on social-emotional learning in our schools will lead to a more supportive space for students to freely share their creative ideas, shamelessly ask questions, and learn academic concepts while building lifelong skills. We desire for our students to have a deep sense of who they are and for them to have a strong sense of purpose in their lives. The widespread advancement of social-emotional learning will require us to employ a gradual and grand shift in pedagogy. In the process, we can forge a more well-rounded education system to produce more socially responsible citizens who are better prepared to work together to build communities, nations and, ultimately, a better world.
We also believe equity, opportunity and access are important. Our current approach is to give strategic autonomy to schools to select the social-emotional learning model and curriculum that aligns with the identity, needs and values of their school. Our goal to strengthen relationships within the walls of every KIPP Texas school and cultivate a culture that promotes a sense of belonging through a strong school culture and climate.
Yes, KIPP Texas incorporates the four key cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies of social-emotional learning: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
KIPP Forward is a program designed to help our KIPPsters go to and through college and lead a choice-filled life. KIPP Texas counselors work with students starting in middle school to select the right classes, fill out the FAFSA and other college scholarship forms, prepare to take the ACT, and support them as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP Texas advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career. Learn more about KIPP Forward College.
Together with our families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare our students to pursue any path they choose—college, career, and beyond— so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Our success in achieving the mission of creating equitable and joyful schools rests heavily on all members of our instructional team fully embracing four elements of our design: Culture, Alignment, Rigor/Ratio, and Engagement. A strong and positive culture is our lifeblood. Creating a rigorous, joyful student culture that drives learning and character development is paramount to our success. We rely on aligned curriculum as an important lever in the Teaching and Learning cycle while also acknowledging that an effective teacher is the highest lever in the cycle. We believe that without struggle, there can be no progress. Therefore, we believe that our students should be engaged in rigorous and productive struggle in order to reach the demands of college-readiness. We base our belief about engagement in research-based practices and neuroscience. Research has shown us that deep learning only happens when people are cognitively and emotionally engaged with the material in front of them and when people feel safe in their environment.
Our primary schools are founded on community, care and the cultivation of a love for learning. Our goal is for students to love school from the very start. There is a strong emphasis on Foundational Literacy, Conceptual Math, and exposure to STEAM experiences (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).
Middle school is the place and space to begin the development of our student’s identities as informed and engaged citizens of their school, communities, and of the world. They learn to think deeply, to write passionately, and to engage thoughtfully with rigorous learning experiences.
High schools are designed to ensure students explore the possibilities beyond high school in a safe environment. They build their intellectual expertise through rigorous coursework and AP/IB classes. They feed their thirst for learning and leadership through a broad range of learning experiences whether it is advocacy, class debates, taking action in their communities, bringing us inspiration through the arts, designing new prototypes, compete athletically, and so much more. They graduate ready to choose a path that creates a fulfilling life whether it is college or another viable path.
Our primary responsibility is to provide an instructional program in which students will be given the opportunity to master the fundamental skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, and mathematics. Likewise, other fundamental learnings in the arts, literature, foreign language, natural sciences, social sciences, physical education, and college and career readiness skills must be provided for all student. Recognition must be given to and provisions made for the individual capabilities, creative talents, needs, and interests of each student.
Yes! KIPP Texas believes in a well-rounded student, and each school offers a variety of activities, clubs, and sports. Programs can vary by campus and grade level, so check with the school for details.
We currently offer Pre-K programming in all four regions:
- KIPP Texas – Austin offers half-day Pre-K3 (AM / PM) and Full-Day Pre-K4.
- KIPP Texas – Dallas-Fort Worth offers a full-day Pre-K4 program.
- KIPP Texas – Houston offers half-day Pre-K3 (AM / PM) and Full-Day Pre-K4.
- KIPP Texas – San Antonio offers a full-day Pre-K4 program. (Pre-K4 is only available at KIPP Somos Primary starting in the 2023-24 school year)
KIPP Texas does provide after school care at our primary school campuses. Many times the programs are offered by a third-party organization authorized by the school. Please contact the school directly for more details.