Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment Process:  Answers to Families’ Frequently Asked Questions


Please read the following for answers to the most common enrollment-related questions.  For more information, please visit www.kippphiladelphia.org or contact a KIPP Philadelphia school directly.


School

Phone Number

Email

KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KPEA)

215-839-9724

EnrollKPEA@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA)               

267-289-2959

EnrollKWPEA@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School (KWPP)

215-948-2885

EnrollKWPP@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP Philadelphia Charter School (KPCS)

215-469-1351

EnrollKPCS@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy (KDCA)

215-253-7947

EnrollKDCA@kippphiladelphia.org

1)  What grades will KIPP Philadelphia Schools (KPS) serve during school year 2017-2018?

2) What is the deadline for submitting Enrollment Forms?

3)  Must my student live in Philadelphia?

4)  Do I have to pay to attend?

5)  How do I enroll my student in a KIPP Philadelphia School?

6)  Do I have to complete an Enrollment Form for each of my students?

7)  How old must my student be in order to enroll in Kindergarten?

8)  How will I know if the school has received my Enrollment Form?

9)   What is a “Lottery” and when is it held? 

10) Does KIPP Philadelphia Schools have sibling preference policies?

11)  Are there any zip code preferences?

12)  How do we define “sibling”?

13)  What does it mean if my student is placed on the “waitlist”?

14)  Will my student’s waitlist number change?

15)  May I still apply if I miss the March 1st, 2017 deadline?


1)  What grades will KIPP Philadelphia Schools (KPS) serve during school year 2017-2018?

School

Location

Grades to be Served in School Year 2017-2018

KIPP Philadelphia Elementary School (KPEA)

2409 West Westmoreland Street Philadelphia, PA  19129

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

(Accepting Enrollment Forms for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade)

KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA)

5900 Baltimore Ave   1st Floor                     Philadelphia, PA 19143

Kindergarten, 1st

(Accepting Enrollment Forms for K and 1st)

KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School (KWPP)

5900 Baltimore Ave   2nd Floor                   Philadelphia, PA 19143

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

(Accepting Enrollment Forms for 5th , 6th , 7th, and 8th Grade)

KIPP Philadelphia Charter School (KPCS)

2539 N. 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19132

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

(Accepting Enrollment Forms for 5th , 6th, 7th and 8th  Grade)

KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy (KDCA)

5070 Parkside Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132

9th, 10th, 11th,12th

(Accepting Enrollment Forms for 9th, 10th , 11th and 12th Grade)

 

2) What is the deadline for submitting Enrollment Forms?

March 1, 2017. All Enrollment Forms for school year 2017-2018 must be submitted to a KIPP Philadelphia School by Wednesday, March 1st  to be included in the lottery.  Families must fax, email, or complete the online Enrollment Form by midnight on March 1st, 2017.   If sending by mail, all Enrollment Forms must be postmarked by March 1st, 2017.  Mail received with a postmark date of March 2nd or later will NOT be included in the lottery. 

 

3)  Must my student live in Philadelphia?

Yes.  Only Philadelphia residents may enroll at a KIPP Philadelphia School.  All students must provide proof of Philadelphia residency as part of the enrollment process.

 

4)  Do I have to pay to attend?

No.  KIPP Philadelphia Schools are free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools.  There is no cost to families to attend.

 

 

5)  How do I enroll my student in a KIPP Philadelphia School?

Option #1: Submit Student Information via our Online Enrollment System by visiting www.kippphiladelphia.org and selecting ENROLL NOW. 

Benefits of enrolling online:

  • Submit enrollment information in three easy steps! (really!)
  • Create a login account to track the status of your student’s Enrollment Form via the online system
  • Easily update contact information once you have submitted the form
  • Easily submit enrollment information for multiple siblings

Option # 2: Complete a one-page Enrollment Form.

Forms are available by:

Submit the completed paper Enrollment Form to a KIPP Philadelphia School by March 1st, 2017 by:

  • Emailing the Enrollment Form to the appropriate address below;
  • Faxing the Enrollment Form to the appropriate number below; or
  • Dropping off the form at a KIPP Philadelphia School’s main office.

How to submit your Enrollment Form:

School

Fax

Email

Mail/Drop-Off

KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KPEA)

267.687.7295

EnrollKPEA@kippphiladelphia.org

2409 West Westmoreland Street

Philadelphia, PA  19129

KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA)

267.787.5711

EnrollKWPEA@kippphiladelphia.org

5900 Balitmore Avenue

1st Floor 

Philadelphia, PA 19143

KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School (KWPP)

215.294.8707

EnrollKWPP@kippphiladelphia.org

5900 Baltimore Avenue

2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19143

KIPP Philadelphia Charter School (KPCS)

215.827.5942

EnrollKPCS@kippphiladelphia.org

2539 N. 16th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19132

KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy (KDCA)

215.717.2054

EnrollKDCA@kippphiladelphia.org

5070 Parkside Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19132

Note:  All KIPP Philadelphia Schools will accept other KIPP Philadelphia Schools’ enrollment forms.  If possible, please deliver your completed Enrollment Form to the KIPP Philadelphia School to which you are applying.

 

6)  Do I have to complete an Enrollment Form for each of my students?

Yes.  If submitting a paper enrollment form, families must complete a separate Enrollment Form for each student wishing to enroll.  Forms with more than one student name will not be accepted. 

If you submit enrollment information online (https://kippphiladelphia.schoolmint.net/signup) – all you need to do is select SUBMIT ANOTHER ENROLLMENT FORM after logging in.   You will only need to enter information for the student you are submitting the enrollment form for as your contact information will be saved from when you created the account for the first enrollment form you submit!  So easy!

 

7)  How old must my student be in order to enroll in Kindergarten?

All students must be five years old by September 1, 2017 to enroll in Kindergarten. 

 

8)  How will I know if the school has received my Enrollment Form?

If you submit your enrollment form via our Online Enrollment System (kipp.schoolmint.net), you will receive a confirmation email from the system as well as account information that you can use to login and check the status of the form. 

If you submit a paper enrollment form, you will receive a postcard within two weeks of submitting your completed, signed Enrollment Form.  If you do not receive a post card within two weeks, please call or email the school to confirm your form was received.   Note: if you include an email address on the paper form, we will create an online account for you so that you can login and track your student’s information and receive email notifications of upcoming events!


School

Phone Number

Email

KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KPEA)

215-839-9724

EnrollKPEA@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA)

267-787-5700

EnrollKWPEA@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School (KWPP)

215-948-2885

EnrollKWPP@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP Philadelphia Charter School (KPCS)

215-469-1351

EnrollKPCS@kippphiladelphia.org

KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy (KDCA)

215-253-7947

EnrollKDCA@kippphiladelphia.org

 

9)   What is a “Lottery” and when is it held?

If a school receives more Enrollment Forms than available seats, the school will conduct a randomized lottery, as required by law, in early March.  This lottery must be observed or conducted by an outside third party.  Students who meet certain criteria are exempted from this lottery.  The only criteria for exemption are children of employees and siblings of current students.  These exempted students are then taken out of the lottery.  These students are then enrolled in their grade, thus lowering the target number for that grade.  All other students who have enrolled in the grade for which there is to be a lottery are assigned a number, starting at “1.”   Then using a random number generator (RNG) the numbers (completely blinded from student names) are scrambled.  Student names are then matched back to their original numbers in the order determined by the RNG.  This process is repeated for all applicable grades.  All students whose names fall within the target number are enrolled.  All other students are placed, in order, onto a waitlist.

In the event that a lottery process is necessary to determine enrollment, names will continue to be drawn until after all available spaces have been filled in order to form a priority-ranked enrollment waiting list. This waiting list will be the only official, legal document identifying the names of students that have submitted applications to KIPP Philadelphia Schools.  If openings arise in the student body, students will be contacted off the list in the order that they were placed upon it, until all spaces that the school wishes to fill are filled.  Waitlist preferences are also applied to siblings of accepted students (please see question #10 and #11 below).  If two or more siblings apply to certain KIPP Philadelphia Schools and one student is accepted his/her sibling’s waitlist position is increased.

The lottery is not a public event and families are not expected to attend.  KIPP Philadelphia Schools recognize that the school enrollment process can be both an exciting and stressful time for families.  Out of respect, we prefer to share results privately with families.  KIPP Philadelphia Schools will contact all families in March by mail, email, or telephone to notify them whether their student received a seat or was placed on a waitlist.  For this reason, please make sure to contact your school if your mailing address, email, or telephone information changes during this period so that we may reach you.

 

 

10) Does KIPP Philadelphia Schools have sibling preference policies?

Yes, however, not all of the four schools are subject to the same sibling preference policies.  KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School (KWPP), KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA) and KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy operate under their own separate charters from KIPP Philadelphia Elementary School (KPEA) and KIPP Philadelphia Charter School (KPCS.  Sibling preferences can only be applied to schools within the same charter, thus we cannot apply sibling preferences across the three charters. 

If you are applying to KIPP Philadelphia Elementary School (KPEA) or KIPP Philadelphia Charter School (KPCS)

A student applying to these two schools (KPEA and KPCS) who ALSO has a brother or sister currently attending one of these three schools WILL receive preference in KPEA’s or KPCS’ lottery.  

Example #1:  Malcolm completes an Enrollment Form to attend Kindergarten at KPEA in school year 2017-2018.  Malcolm has an older brother currently enrolled at KPCS in 5th grade during school year 2016-2017.  Since Malcolm has a brother or sister currently attending KPEA or KPCS, he will receive preference in KPEA’s lottery.  

Example #2:  Marcus completes an Enrollment Form to attend 6th grade at KPCS in school year 2017-2018.  Marcus has a sister currently attending 7th grade at KWPP.  Marcus will NOT receive preference in the KPCS lottery since KWPP is not included in the same sibling preference policy as KPCS. 

If you are applying to KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School (KWPP)

A student applying to KWPP ONLY receives preference if he or she has a brother or sister currently attending KWPP.  Having a sibling currently enrolled at KPEA, KPCS, KWPEA or KDCA will NOT increase a student’s position in the KWPP lottery.

Example #1:  Oscar submits an Enrollment Form to attend 5th grade at KWPP in school year 2017-2018.  Oscar has an older sister currently enrolled at KWPP in 6th grade.  Since Oscar has a brother or sister currently attending KWPP, he will receive preference in KWPP’s lottery.  

Example #2:  Brittany completes an Enrollment Form to attend 6th grade at KWPP in school year 2017-2018.  She has a younger brother currently enrolled in 1st grade at KPEA.  Brittany will NOT receive preference in the KWPP lottery since KPEA is not included in the same sibling preference policy as KWPP.

If you are applying to KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy (KDCA)

A student applying to KDCA ONLY receives preference if he or she has a brother or sister currently attending KDCA.  Having a sibling currently enrolled at KPEA, KPCS, KWPEA or KWPP will NOT increase a student’s position in the KDCA lottery.

Example #1:  Lila submits an Enrollment Form to attend 9th grade at KDCA in school year 2017-2018.  Lila has an older sister currently enrolled at KDCA in 10h grade.  Since Lila has a brother or sister currently attending KDCA, she will receive preference in KDCA’s lottery.  

Example #2:  Brittany completes an Enrollment Form to attend 9th grade at KDCA in school year 2017-2018.  She has a younger brother currently enrolled in 1st grade at KPEA.  Brittany will NOT receive preference in the KDCA lottery since KPEA is not included in the same sibling preference policy as KDCA.

If you are applying to KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy (KWPEA)

A student applying to KWPEA ONLY receives preference if he or she has a brother or sister currently attending KWPEA.  Having a sibling currently enrolled at KPEA, KPCS, KWPP or KDCA will NOT increase a student’s position in the KWPEA lottery.

Example #1:  Zakir submits an Enrollment Form to attend Kindergarten at KWPEA in school year 2017-2018.  Zakir has an older sister currently enrolled at KWPEA.  Since Zakir has a brother or sister currently attending KWPEA, he will receive preference in KWPEA’s lottery.  

Example #2:  Brianna completes an Enrollment Form to attend 1st grade at KWPEA in school year 2017-2018.  She has an older brother currently enrolled in 3rd grade at KPEA.  Brianna will NOT receive preference in the KWPEA lottery since KPEA is not included in the same sibling preference policy as KWPEA. 

11)  Are there any zip code preferences?

Yes.  KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School’s (KWPP) charter states that students living west of the Schuylkill River (i.e. zip codes: 19127, 19128, 19131, 19151, 19139, 19104, 19143, 19142, and 19153) receive preference in KWPP’s lottery.  Students living in these zip codes will be selected for KWPP seats ahead of students living in other areas of Philadelphia.  KIPP Dubois Collegiate Academy also has zip code preference for 19131 and 19139.  KIPP Philadelphia Charter School, KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy, and KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy do not have zip code preference as part of their charter.

 

12)  How do we define “sibling”?

Sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household.  Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not considered siblings. 

 

13)  What does it mean if my student is placed on the “waitlist”?

Students not selected during the Lottery are placed on a waitlist.   KIPP Philadelphia Schools will notify families in March of their waitlist position.   As seats become available, KIPP Philadelphia Schools will offer admission to waitlisted students in the order in which they were randomly assigned during the lottery process.

Spots become available when either 1) current students elect not to return or 2) students selected during the lottery process decline their position.  Students are often selected from the waitlist between March and August as positions become available.  For this reason, it is very important that we have accurate contact information for all waitlisted students.  If we contact you and are unable to reach you, we will move on to the next name on the waitlist.  Please make sure to contact your KIPP Philadelphia School if your telephone, email, or mailing address changes.

 

14)  Will my student’s waitlist number change?

Yes.  Your student’s waitlist number may increase (student moves down the list) if KIPP Philadelphia Schools (KPS) receives Enrollment Forms after March 1st from students with siblings currently attending a KPS school (please see question #10 for a description of our sibling preference policies).  Conversely, a student’s waitlist number may decrease (more likely to be accepted) as students listed above him/her enroll or withdraw from the waitlist.   We encourage families with students currently enrolled at a KIPP Philadelphia School to submit Enrollment Forms for any new siblings wishing to attend by the March 1st deadlines as there are few, if any, waitlist changes once the lottery is completed. Please contact your school directly for updated waitlist information.

 

15)  May I still apply if I miss the March 1st, 2017 deadline?

Yes.  Families are still encouraged to submit an Enrollment Form; however, your student will NOT be included in the March lottery.  Enrollment Forms received after March 1st, 2017 (assuming no sibling preference) will be added to the bottom of the waitlist in the order in which they were received.  Please see question #2 above for additional deadline information.