Resources - KIPP Nashville


Enrollment Resources and FAQ

Step-by-Step KIPP Nashville Application Process

We understand the application and enrollment process can be overwhelming. We have created this resource section to guide you through the process step by step.

1. Stage 1. Applying

You can easily apply to all our schools at Filling out the application only takes a few minutes.

What if I’m applying for a kindergarten student or a student that is new to Metro Nashville Public Schools?

If you are registering a new kindergarten student, or a new student to MNPS, you will have to obtain a nine-digit student ID number that begins with 190 from MNPS. You can get the 190 number at one of the district’s 10 enrollment centers by presenting the child’s birth certificate along with parent/guardian’s proof of residency and a copy of your driver’s license. Click here to find an enrollment center.

What if my child is already enrolled with KIPP Nashville?

Current KIPP Nashville students must only apply if they are switching schools. For example, going from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school.

2. Stage 2. Lottery Results

KIPP Nashville conducts a random lottery selection process in February. Families will be notified if their student was accepted or placed on the waitlist in March through their Smart Choice portal. KIPP Nashville schools will also notify families by a phone call and sending a letter.

3. Stage 3. Accepting Your Student’s Seat

Once you are notified that your student has been offered a seat, you must accept the seat within Smart Choice. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.



4. Stage 4. Registering Your Student

Once you have accepted your student’s seat, the last step is to register your student. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.



Important Documents

To register a student for grades K -12, please have the following documents:

  • Completed student registration packet
  • Record of birth (birth certificate, passport, vias, I-94, etc.)
  • Immunization/vaccination record (on a TN Certificate of Immunization form)
  • Photo ID of the parent or guardian (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.)
  • Proof of residency* (current lease, mortgage statement, utility bill, etc.)
  • Recent transcript/report card (optional)
  • School physical (required only for students new to Davidson County)

If you do not have proof of address in your name or legal documentation of guardianship, please contact our Enrollment team at

*Parent/Guardian should provide two proofs of residency if the address does not match the Parent/Guardian ID.

5. Stage 5. Participate in Orientation

Congratulations, you’re ready to begin your journey at KIPP Nashville Public Schools! Each school will hold orientation over the summer and share important information. Make sure your student attends school on the first day to ensure a smooth transition and a strong start to the new year.


1. What Is a charter school?

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 and decisions about career
  • Emphasis on character development as well as high-quality academics
  • Commitment to a strong partnership with parents and families
  • Safe, structured and 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:

2. What grades do KIPP Nashville schools serve?

KIPP Nashville Public Schools educates students in grades K-12. For more information about our individual schools, visit our Schools page.

3. Where are your schools located?

Our KIPP Nashville schools are located in North, East and South Nashville. To see the location of each of our schools, please visit our school pages here.

4. Who can apply to attend KIPP Nashville schools? Are there entry requirements?

KIPP Nashville is open to all students who are residents of Davidson County. We educate students in grades K-12. Enrollment is conducted through a random lottery that takes place in mid-February. 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.

5. How much does it cost to apply or attend a KIPP Nashville school?

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

6. Do you serve students with special needs and/or an IEP?

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, including special needs, gifted, and English Language Learners. For questions about specific services for students, please contact our schools directly.

7. Do you provide busing or transportation for your students?

Busing varies by school. We provide transportation for students at KIPP Antioch College Prep Elementary, KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary, KIPP Kirkpatrick Elementary School, 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 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.

8. Do you provide before and after care?

Our elementary and middle schools offer before and aftercare. The programs are coordinated through external vendors who handle signup and logistics. Information about how to sign up is shared during orientation before the start of the school year.

9. How can I apply for enrollment to KIPP Nashville schools?

Families may apply online here.

10. What happens if I miss the application deadline?

All applications submitted after the deadline will automatically be placed on the waiting list. We recommend families keep their place on the waitlist, because many schools continue to accept students off the waitlist throughout the summer and into the first few weeks of the new school year.

11. When does a student have to turn 5 to be able to apply to enter kindergarten?

A student must be 5 years old on or before August 15th. Children who turn 5 between the dates of August 16th and September 30th may have their parent/guardian request the school to administer a Brigance K-Readiness Assessment.

Still Have Questions?

Our enrollment team is here to help. Please email us at