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!
Applications are now OPEN for the 2021-22 school year!
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 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
Applications for the 2020-21 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). Applications are due by January 7, 2021. Lottery will take place on January 14, 2021.
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.
Number of Students
Students of Color
Eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
Receive special education services
English language learners
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.
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.