Frequently Asked Questions

What is KIPP and how was it started?

KIPP stands for the Knowledge is Power Program. KIPP began in 1994 when two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth-grade public school program in Houston, Texas. The original KIPP school quickly became one of the highest performing public schools in the community. In 2000, Feinberg and Levin partnered with Doris and Don Fisher to establish the KIPP foundation, focused on replicating the success of the original KIPP school across the nation.

What is a public charter school?

Charter schools are publicly funded, independently operated schools. Like all public schools, charter schools are tuition-free and open-enrollment and are funded primarily through tax dollars. Unlike all public schools, charter schools operate with more autonomy on the part of administrators and teachers. This freedom allows everyone to make changes to ensure that the child comes first.

What is KIPP Indy?

KIPP Indy is a nonprofit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating students in elementary and middle school for success in college and life. We are part of the national KIPP network of 200 schools in 23 states and the District of Columbia, educating over 80,000 students.

What is the history of KIPP Indy?

KIPP Indy was founded in 2004 with one class of fifth grade students and has grown to educate 600 students across two schools. KIPP Indy College Prep Middle educates students in grades 6-8 and KIPP Indy Unite Elementary opened in 2014 with one class of kindergarten students and will continue to grow one grade per year, educating students in grades K-5. We plan to grow KIPP’s network of schools in Indianapolis to a total of five schools by 2021, reaching 2,500 students in grades K-12.

Why should I send my child to KIPP Indy?

KIPP Indy offers students growing up in Indianapolis a quality education that sets them on a path for future success. A longer school day allows for students to have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills to prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges. KIPP Indy is unique in that it offers a college preparatory education with extensive services and support through the KIPP through College Program. KIPP Through College supports KIPP Indy alumni on their journey to a college degree, helping them navigate the application process, access financial aid, connect to summer internships, and build the advocacy and decision-making skills needed to persist and graduate. Nationally, students who attend KIPP schools graduate college at a higher rate than the U.S. average across all income levels, and a rate 5 times higher than the low-income average.

What grades are being enrolled?

KIPP Indy is currently enrolling in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8.

Who attends KIPP Indy?

KIPP Indy is open to all students free of charge. There are no admission criteria to attend KIPP Indy. We primarily serve students in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, but we are an open-enrollment school where all students may attend, regardless of where they live.

What is the process for applying?

To enroll your child at KIPP Indy, simply follow the enrollment link to complete an application. You will complete basic information about yourself and your child. There are no admission criteria to attend KIPP Indy. After completing the form, you will be contacted by a member of the KIPP Indy team to complete the registration process. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of student spaces available, a lottery will be conducted to determine student enrollment. Students applying will be enrolled on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached.

What are my child’s transportation options?

The KIPP Indy school days runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with buses arriving at school by 7:50 a.m. Unlike most charter schools, KIPP Indy offers free transportation to our students. We partner with Indianapolis Public Schools to provide bus transportation to our students. Bus stops are based off a student’s home address and will be within .3 miles of the student’s home. Transportation will not be available for students who live less than a mile away.

How much does it cost to attend KIPP Indy?

KIPP Indy is a no-cost, tuition-free, public charter school.

What are my options for before and after school care?

KIPP Indy offers before and after school care through Project One Love. The before school care begins at 6:30 a.m. and the after school care runs until 6 p.m.

For more information on your student’s specific school, please visit the KIPP Indy Unite Elementary page or the KIPP Indy College Prep Middle page. Read about our wellness policy and how we create a healthy school environment.