KIPP Excelencia campus is fully in-person! Visit our COVID Prevention page for more information. 

Click here to view our school’s Reopening Plan.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now open!

Who We Are
KIPP Excelencia Community Prep (Grades TK-8) is a public charter elementary and middle school located in Redwood City.

Continue the KIPP journey at KIPP Esperanza High School!

The mission of KIPP Excelencia Community Prep is to inspire and empower all children so that they are successful through college and impact their communities.

KIPP is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more about our commitment to the work here.

KIPP Excelencia Community Prep opened in 2015 when parents drove the efforts to help create a school where relationships are the cornerstone of what we do. Students at KIPP Excelencia develop love, gratitude, grit, zest, and curiosity every day through a rigorous and deeply conceptual learning experience that involves working with others. Our elementary and middle school students grow academically and socially as they climb the mountain to and through college.


Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students
2017-18 California Honor Roll


Zest | Grit | Curiosity | Gratitude | Love

School Profile

I knew my daughter deserved a school that would nurture her and would help her learn more. They are giving her the high quality education she deserves. She knows her teachers are teaching because they love their work. She has a wonderful connection with all of them, and that makes a difference.

Isabel Ocampo, Parent, KIPP Excelencia

Enrollment Information

Applications for the 2022-23 school year are now open for TK – 8th. You can submit your online application here or visit the school to submit an application. If you have any questions, please visit us at our Office Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Monday-Friday or give us a call! (address and phone numbers are located above). 

School Tours

Unfortunately we are not able to give school tours at the moment. We apologize for any inconvenience that this will create. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call: 650-482-2428

Excelencia 8th Graders

A message from our School Leader, Liz Coughenor about KIPP Esperanza High School!

Enroll at our new high school in East Palo Alto led by Joel Portillo. 

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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.

High Expectations

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.