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KIPP Excelencia Community Prep is a public charter elementary and middle school located in Redwood City! KIPP Excelencia is comprised of two schools on a shared campus.

  • School Leader Hugo Lawton leads the Upper school (5-8)
  • School Leader Liz Coughenour leads the Lower school (TK-4)

Looking for a high school? Continue the KIPP journey at KIPP Esperanza High School!

Who We Are
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.

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

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

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

Zest | Grit | Curiosity | Gratitude | Love

Special Education at KIPP

All students are welcome! We recognize the unique needs of each student and design high quality and specialized programs that enable each student to fully participate in their school community and the world at large. Special education services are available at all KIPP schools. Learn more about the SPED Program.

Mental Health & Wellness

KIPP Northern California aims to provide high-quality, client-centered, and culturally responsive mental health services designed to support students with varying levels of need. All students should have access to quality mental health services and as such, all services are free to students and provided regardless of insurance in order to reduce barriers to mental health care, meet students where they are at, and challenge mental health stigma. Learn more about our Mental Health and Wellness Program

Isiah Davis, KIPP SF College Prep alum
Isabel Ocampo, Parent, KIPP Excelencia
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.

Enrollment Information

We are accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year for grades TK-8. You can submit your online application here or visit the school to submit an application.

Only applications that are received by the open enrollment deadline will be considered in the lottery. Applications received after the open enrollment deadline will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis. Lottery decisions will be sent to families via text and email.

To submit an application directly online or inquire about your status, please log in to your SchoolMint account at

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

If you would like to sign up for a tour of our campus, please visit here. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call: 650-482-2428

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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.

Sense of Belonging

KIPP provides a positive, supportive, and anti-racist learning environment where all students are known, respected, and empowered. 

  • 100% of our schools prioritize social-emotional learning through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports; 100% of our schools have mental health counselors, which is available to all students irrespective of insurance status

Academic Excellence

KIPP fosters a culture of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity through individualized instruction that meets the learning needs of every student. 

  • KIPP Northern California high schools are ranked in the top 5% of public high schools in the country, according to US News & World Report 
  • 59% of KIPP students meet or exceed California State academic standards for English Language Arts (compared to 50% across the state)
  • 47% of KIPP students meet or exceed California State academic standards for Math (compared to 39% across the state) *2021 results
  • Award winning schools, for example: 9 California Distinguished School Awards, 2 National Blue Ribbon Awards, among others 

Family & Community Partnerships

KIPP partners with families and local organizations in their communities to support healthy development for children. 

  • KIPP partners with community organizations including: El Concilio California, YMCA, Community Partnerships for Families of San Joaquin, Housing Authority of San Joaquin, Boys & Girls Club, College Track, Bayview Hunters’ Point Clinic, among many others

Developing Leaders of Color

KIPP creates a sense of belonging and fortifies the positive racial identity of emerging leaders of color at our schools.

  • 83% of our executive team, 59% of our school principals, and 62% of our teachers identify as people of color

College and Career Guidance

KIPP works with high school students and 4,000 alumni each year on a path to college, career, and beyond. 

  • Over time, 89% of all KIPP Northern California high school students have matriculated to college and progressive pathways
  • Our alumni graduate college at four times the rate of their peers

Becoming Anti-Racist 

We embed anti-racism into the core of who we are and what we do. 

  • We seek to disrupt racial and socio-economic inequities in access and outcomes so that ALL of our students, families, and alumni thrive
  • The pandemic has disproportionately affected the academic and socio-emotional progress of students like ours, especially Black students, students who qualify for specialized services, and multilingual learners 
  • To ensure we are designing for success at the margins, we are implementing a set of strategies to expand an equitable funding model for students who have an individualized education plan (IEP) and/or are multilingual learners, and schools with large populations of students in these groups