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
Number of Students
Students of Color
Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Receive special education services
English language learners
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.
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.