Why KIPP - KIPP Nashville

WHY KIPP

Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans from low-income communities graduate from college, compared to 8 in 10 Americans in the top income quartile.

In our country, college-access is a proxy for having a choice-filled life. We want these options for our kids.

Our Landscape

In 2014, less than 3 out of every 100 Juniors scored “college-ready” on all subjects on the ACT in East and North Nashville.

Across the country, KIPP schools have helped our students graduate college at 4 times the rate of their peers. KIPP Nashville is leading transformation of public education in Nashville. As Nashville prospers, we must ensure that all of our students are prepared to seize the opportunities that this growth provides.


Only 3% of students going to schools in North and East Nashville are college-ready (based on ACT scores).


*Data provided by the 2014 TDOE State Report Card.

Our Model

In 1994, KIPP began with a powerful idea: to create a classroom that helped children develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits necessary to graduate from college and build a better tomorrow. KIPP Nashville empowers students and families by doing whatever it takes to guide them on a path to more opportunities in life through education. The moment they enroll, KIPP students become part of a college-going culture that teaches and reinforces the scholarly skills and habits needed for success in college and in life. KIPP Nashville builds the academic skills our students need to succeed in school and develops the character and habits needed for an opportunity-filled life.

Our Results

KIPP Nashville’s first two classes of students project to more than triple the college graduation rate of their neighborhood peers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about KIPP Nashville?
Here are our most frequently asked questions.

  • A charter school is an independently run, tuition-free public school that is allowed greater flexibility in operations in return for greater accountability for advancing student achievement. Charter schools were created to help improve our education system and offer parents another public school option to better meet their student’s educational needs. Here are a few things that differentiate KIPP schools:

    • College-preparatory focus plus programming to support students and families through college graduation
    • Emphasis on character development as well as high-quality academics
    • Commitment to a strong partnership with parents and families
    • Safe, supportive learning environment
    • High-quality teacher development and collaboration

    For more information about charter schools, read “Public Charter Schools 101” on the Tennessee Charter School Center’s site: http://tnchartercenter.org/general/public-charter-schools-101/

  • In the 2017-18 school year, our schools will serve the following grades:

    • KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary School: Grades K-1
    • KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School: Grades K-3
    • KIPP Academy Nashville (middle): Grades 5-8
    • KIPP Nashville College Prep (middle): Grades 5-8
    • KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School: Grades 9-12
  • Our five KIPP Nashville schools are located in North and East Nashville. To see the location of each of our schools, please visit our school pages here.

  • KIPP Nashville is open to all students who are residents of Davidson County. For the 2017-18 school year, we are accepting applications for students in grades K-4 and 5-12. Enrollment is conducted through a random lottery that takes place in early January. There is no entry requirement to apply for or attend a KIPP Nashville school. We do not recruit students based on ability or performance, nor do we turn away students for any reason. Many of our students enter KIPP schools behind grade level in many or all subjects, but make great academic strides at KIPP.

  • There is no fee or cost to attend. KIPP Nashville schools are free, public schools.

  • Yes! We are proud to serve students with special needs through our talented, multi-dimensional Student Supports Team. We provide learning opportunities for students of all abilities, included special needs, gifted, and English Language Learners. For questions about specific services for students, please contact our schools directly.

  • Busing varies by school. We provide transportation for students at KIPP Nashville College Prep and KIPP Academy Nashville for students who live in our target zones. Currently, we do not provide busing for students attending KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School or KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School. However, many of our high school students utilize the free transportation provided by Nashville’s MTA services. For specific questions about transportation at any of our schools, please contact our schools directly.

  • Families may apply online here or by completing a paper application. Families can pick up a copy of the paper application at any of our KIPP Nashville schools and can return the application to any school. You may still apply for the 2017-18 school year.

See first-hand what KIPP Nashville is all about. We regularly give guided tours to prospective families and interested community members.

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Guidance Beyond Graduation

KIPP Nashville guides its students toward success even after they leave our halls. KIPP Through College matches our alumni with advisors who provide counseling, scholarship resources, and empowerment to find and succeed in a college that best matches their needs.

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