Applicant FAQ

For common questions, select a category below. For further inquiries, please contact mhartman@kippphiladelphia.org.

Candidate Experience, Background, and Qualifications

 

How much teaching experience do I need to teach at KIPP Philadelphia Schools?

The majority of our academic teaching positions require teachers to have a minimum of two years full-time lead teaching experience in an urban teaching environment. However, we are open to considering applicants who do not meet these requirements on a case-by-case basis.

Do I need to be certified to work as a teacher at KIPP Philadelphia Schools?

All teachers must be highly qualified according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines prior to being hired. This means demonstrating subject matter competency by being certified in PA, holding a college degree in the subject matter which you teach, or by passing the relevant Praxis II test. While we strongly prefer candidates to be certified prior to hire, candidates who are not certified when they accept a position at KIPP Philadelphia Schools must become certified. All certification and testing costs are the responsibility of the teaching candidate.

What is the experience and background of a typical KIPP Philadelphia teacher or school leader?

KIPP Philadelphia teachers are a diverse group, including experienced teachers who have worked in schools serving underserved students, new teachers who are just beginning their careers, and career changers who are entering the classroom after succeeding in another profession. Last year, teachers that joined the KIPP Philadelphia Schools Team and Family:

  • Had an average of 2.5 years of full-time teaching experience
  • Had an average of 2 years of full-time professional experience in an urban setting
  • Most commonly (62%) held a Bachelor's degree as their highest degree

For more information on staff demographics visit: http://www.kippphiladelphia.org/about/results/kipp-open-book/question-5-are-we-building-a-sustainable-people-model

Application and Selection Process

 

Should I apply for more than one position?

We recognize that many applicants may qualify for more than one position. For this reason, one application qualifies you for all open teaching positions. Please update your applicant profile to include your grade and subject area preferences. If you are interested in non-instructional roles, however, you must complete a new application for each individual position.

 

Does the application process differ for instructional and non-instructional positions?

To learn more about applying for instructional or non-instructional roles, visit our application process overview page.

 

Can I email, fax, or mail a copy of my resume?

No.  The application process at KIPP Philadelphia Schools is completed entirely online. To be considered for one of our open positions you must apply on KIPP Careers by clicking here. Materials submitted via email, fax, or postal mail will not be reviewed. 

 

I applied for a position but have not been contacted. What is wrong?

Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, your application has not been submitted.  Please contact helpdesk@kipp.org for technical assistance. 

 

I applied for a teaching position earlier in the year but wasn’t hired.  There is a new teaching position available that I’m interested in.  Do I need to submit a new application?

No. We keep teaching candidates’ applications on file for the entire year. If there is a position that opens up and your skill set and experience seem like a good match for the position, we will contact you. Non-instructional candidates should submit a new application for new positions they wish to apply for.

 

I completed an application for a teaching position at KIPP Philadelphia last year.  Do I need to apply again?

Yes.  All applications are kept on file until August of that school year. If you are applying for a position the following year, you will need to submit a new application and state your teaching preferences based on the available positions at that time.

 

I saw a position listed on another website, but it isn’t listed on your website.  Is this position still open?

Any positions listed on http://www.kippphiladelphia.org/careers/view-all-job-openings, are still open.  Position availability is updated on a daily basis on our website, but we can’t guarantee the same for other sites.  If you don’t see a position listed here, it is no longer open.  Please refer to our website when searching for available openings.

My application was rejected. Can you tell me why?

We are fortunate to receive a large number of applications. Although we encourage you to complete your application very thoughtfully, we cannot provide feedback for candidates who do not move beyond the screening stages of the application process.

I'm interested in working at KIPP Philadelphia Schools and would like to tour a KIPP school. Who do I contact?

Thank you for your interest in KIPP Philadelphia.  Please check our events page to see when our next prospective teacher open house is.

Working at KIPP Philadelphia Schools

Are there growth opportunities at KIPP?

Yes!  At KIPP Philadelphia, we are invested in the professional growth and development of our teachers, whether they plan to be career teachers or seek leadership paths.  Ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities are offered at each of our schools across the region, and the national KIPP network also has a variety of school leadership programs

 

Does KIPP offer competitive benefits?

 All regular full-time employees and their spouses/domestic partners and dependents are eligible to participate in comprehensive health, dental and vision plans. All employees are eligible to participate in a 403b plan; those already enrolled in PSERs are eligible to continue and may also participate in a supplemental 403b plan. 

 

Your teachers work really hard.  What is the turnover rate?

Our teachers do work incredibly hard, and our students are making great strides as a result.  Teacher turnover is always in the front of our minds, and we’re constantly striving to make KIPP sustainable for our teachers.  If you’re interested in retention information from previous years or other school information and test data, please consult KIPP Open Book, our data sharing initiative.

 

Is it required that all teachers work on Saturdays?

The number of Saturdays that a KIPP Philadelphia Schools teacher works is dependent upon their school’s calendar. This can range from a few times a year to once a month. 

 

What does a typical day as a teacher at KIPP look like?

All of our schools have an extended school day, but each school develops its own schedule.  As a result, teachers at each of our schools have a slightly different schedule and responsibilities. Generally, our teachers’ hours are approximately 7am-5pm.  To see what a typical day looks like at each of our schools, click here

 

What curriculum do you use?

Curriculum and planning varies by subject and grade level at each of our schools.  In general, our school leaders work with teachers to choose curriculum that best meets the needs of our students and provides the strongest resources.  Teachers have the flexibility to create lessons that are rigorous and engaging, while pulling from the multiple programs our schools have acquired.

All of our schools use an approach to literacy that balances skill building, engaging with rigorous texts, and ensuring students have strong foundational skills.  Our elementary school uses Core Knowledge Language Arts as the foundation of grade level reading comprehension skills while also building strong content knowledge.  Our middle school teachers use KIPP Wheatley, a program that couples worthy and rigorous texts with depth of questioning and explicit vocabulary development. Our elementary and middle schools utilize curricula developed by the Wilson Reading System to address students’ phonics development and needs (Fundations and Just Words, respectively).  Our teachers meet the needs of individual readers through Guided Reading instruction in grades K-10.  In our high school, teachers plan lessons using the College Readiness Standards, to ensure that students are prepared not only for the ACT, but to get to and through college. 

For math, our elementary and middle schools use Investigations and Eureka Math, respectively. Both curriculums are aligned with the Common Core and promote a conceptual understanding of mathematics. In our high school, teachers plan lessons using the College Readiness Standards, to ensure that students are prepared not only for the ACT, but to get to and through college. 

 

Do teachers at KIPP have written contracts like a regular public district?

No.  Employment with KIPP Philadelphia is “at will”. Every year our staff receives a letter outlining salary increases and changes in their position for the upcoming school year.  We make every effort necessary to support our professional staff in order to provide consistency for our KIPPsters.

 

Does KIPP offer professional development?

Yes!  Each of our schools has professional development opportunities focused on curriculum and planning, data analysis, and school culture built into the academic calendar.  We also offer Regional Teacher Professional Development once a month where all of our teachers from the region come together to collaborate. Act 48 credit hours are provided to teachers after completing sessions.  In addition, our teachers have access to KIPP’s national summits, retreats, and KIPP Share, an online sharing platform, to further meet their professional development needs.

 

I know someone else who may be a good fit for KIPP Philadelphia. What should I do? 

We are always looking for talented educators to join our team and family. If you know someone who may be a good fit, please refer him/her to us through our online referral system. If you are a KIPP Philadelphia employee, you will receive a $500 referral bonus for every individual you refer who accepts a job offer.

 

I would like more information about the national KIPP movement. Where can I get more information?

Please visit KIPP’s national website at www.kipp.org.