Schools & Programs for Kindergarten to 8th Grade Charter Schools in Chicago

Schools & Programs

KIPP Chicago Schools is proving that demography does not define destiny.

Every day, the collective efforts of our students, teachers, and school leaders across KIPP Chicago Schools prove the possible: Public schools in low-income communities can prepare all students for success in college and the competitive world beyond.

KIPP Chicago Schools comprises four middle schools, four primary schools, and a shared services team. In the 2023–24 school year, our schools will serve 3,300 kindergarten through eighth-grade students and over 1,800 alumni through our KIPP Forward program.

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Multilingual Learners Program Mission and Vision

All of our campuses value the assets of each community it serves, foster the values of diversity and equity, and seek to learn from all stakeholders. Furthermore, we value the experiences of families who speak a language other than English; through their advocacy, we collaborate to enhance the student experience. In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools regulations, KIPP Chicago schools provide ESL and/or Bilingual programming to enhance the cultural and linguistic strengths students bring to their learning community. Our qualified staff shares the responsibility of providing an equitable education to our students who are English Learners. Students whose first language is not English partake in an academically challenging curriculum that honors and reflects their cultural and linguistic experiences so they may have the power of choice to live lives of purpose, excellence, and fulfillment.

KIPP Chicago encourages students to use their culture and linguistic skills to create a system that validates and honors their identity. Students learn to advocate for themselves in both the English and Spanish languages. Through special programming and extracurricular activities, students embrace their bilingualism and biculturalism to develop their bi-literacy skills. We hold ourselves accountable to be advocates for our students and their families by ensuring we provide quality communication in a language they understand.

KIPP Forward

At the national level, KIPP has created college partnerships with the institutions that share our belief that a student’s zip code and family income should not dictate whether he or she attains a degree.

Partner universities commit to not only admitting KIPP students, but also providing critical resources once those students are on campus to ensure that the students remain on track for a college degree. Current KIPP college partners include Vanderbilt University, Spelman College, Franklin and Marshall College, Colby College, and many more.

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