KIPP San Jose Collegiate is a tuition-free, college-preparatory, public high school located in East San Jose. In August 2008, KIPP San Jose Collegiate opened its doors to all students from East San Jose who are committed to working hard to prepare for college and success in life. In 2012, KIPP San Jose Collegiateâs first class graduated. Ninety-five percent of its seniors were admitted to at least one four-year college or university. KIPP San Jose Collegiate is proving that its graduates will be prepared with the character and academic skills necessary to enter and succeed in four-year colleges and universities.
KIPP San Jose Collegiate will provide a rigorous, academic program to prepare students to enter and succeed in the nationâs finest four-year colleges and universities and the competitive world beyond.
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars: 1. High Expectations - KIPP schools have clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students’ backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior. 2. Choice & Commitment - Students, their parents, and the faculty of each KIPP school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend a KIPP school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success. 3. More Time - KIPP schools know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences. 4. Power to Lead - The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They have control over their school budget and personnel. They are free to swiftly move dollars or make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn. 5. Focus on Results - KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation’s best high schools and colleges.