At KIPP Prize we know that the prize will not be sent to us. We have to win it. We know that some of the most competitive and robust opportunities in life and career exist in our own backyard, and we relentlessly prepare our students to be able to access those opportunities. We provide a rigorous literacy-based, college prep curriculum combined with an emphasis on personalized learning, character, and a diverse range of cultural and enrichment experiences to enable our students to access the opportunities in the Silicon Valley and beyond. We believe that an excellent school is built when a thriving student and staff culture work in tandem, to climb the mountain to college. We know that on our journey to college-readiness, there will be challenges. In partnership with our engaged and active families, we persist in our mission by approaching each second of each day of each year with joy and love, drawing on our most joyful and creative moments and keeping our eyes on the prize of our choice.


KIPP Prize Preparatory Academy is a public charter middle school open to all students in San Jose. KIPP Prize opened in the Alum Rock School District in 2014 with 100 fifth grade students and has now grown to a fifth through eighth grade middle school.


Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students
2017-18 California Honor Roll Recipient


Persistence | Resilience | Integrity | Zest | Excellence

School Profile

I feel proud of our school leaders, teachers, students and parents who work hard everyday to make sure our children have the best education. Yes, we all work as a team!  We have great communication lines between school and home to hear and speak about our children’s performances and needs.

Deo Agustin, Parent, KIPP Prize

Enrollment Information

Applications for the 2019-20 school year are now open for Grades 5-8. You can submit your online application here or visit the school to submit an application.

Open Enrollment Deadline is Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Lottery will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020. 

Only applications that are received by the Open Enrollment deadline will be considered in the Lottery. Applications received after the Open Enrollment deadline will be considered on a first come first served basis. Lottery decision will be sent to familes via text and email. 

Questions? Contact the school Operations Manager, Lupita Lugo via phone 408.251.5600 or email at prize_info@kippbayarea.org

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What Makes KIPP Different?

With a focus on character and academics, our free public charter schools prepare students for success in college and opportunity in life.

High Expectations

Clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that creates and reinforces a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.

Strength of Character

We believe that our students need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to succeed in college and the world beyond.

Highly Skilled Teachers & Leaders

We empower educators to lead school teams and invest in training to help them grow as professionals.

Safe & Structured Environments

Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment so that our students thrive and maximize their learning.

KIPP Through College

Counselors support students as they prepare for college and career, and navigate social, academic, and financial challenges while in college.