Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now OPEN!

We are an educational institution focused on ensuring students not only receive the highest standard of education, but become lifelong learners. Through partnerships with our families, we can catalyze change in our community by incorporating academic excellence, embedding equity into our systemic and academic processes, and creating joyful classrooms that are physically, mentally, and emotionally safe. We understand the importance of education and the empowerment it provides individuals to live fulfilling lives. 

Energy – Students will bring a high level of energy to their learning experience, understanding that engagement with the content, peer dialogue, and productive struggle will lead to academic success.  

Empathy – Being in tune with the emotions of others creates strong relationships. Feeling understood and supported allows one to have more self-awareness, stay motivated, and be able to advocate for themselves. To ensure inclusivity, empathy needs to be embedded in all that we do. 

Excellence – Excellence is the pursuit to achieve one’s potential through hard work in academics, well being, and creating positive relationships with one’s peers. Excellence is not viewed as a final destination, but continued growth in a student’s academic journey. 

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


Meet our School Leader


Javier Hernandez (he/him) brings over 15 years of experience in education as a teacher and an administrator. Javier was raised in Stockton and the community is close to his heart. Watch the video below to learn more about Mr. Hernandez!

Enrollment Information

Applications for the 2024-25 school year are open for grades TK-4. You can submit your online application here.

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 or inquire about your status on the waitlist, please log in to your SchoolMint account at

KIPP in Stockton

We are excited to grow our school community at University Park, offering students a unique learning environment in the heart of Stockton. We have begun construction on a new, up-to-date facility, including a multi-purpose room and play area. We have plans to grow to a network of five public schools that serve grades TK-12.

Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the confidence and skills to pursue the paths they choose — college, career and beyond — so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.  We believe every child can grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.

Student Community

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 other

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