Q: What is a charter school?
A: Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The “charter” establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them. Source: US Charter Schools (uscharterschools.org)
Q: Is KIPP Stand Academy a public school?
A: Yes, KIPP Stand Academy is a public charter school. They receive public funding and are held accountable for academic results and financial practices, like traditional public schools. However, public charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools.
Q: Why does KIPP start middle school at 5th grade?
A: At KIPP we believe that fifth grade is a critical turning point in a child’s education. By fifth grade, most students in the public schools in our communities have already fallen behind. But with high expectations, hard work, and more time in the classroom, they can still catch up and be put on the path to college. More time in the school day also is crucial for the success of the student. KIPP believes that while most of the surrounding schools end around 3pm, those students are then sent home to an empty house. Especially in middle school is this time critical.
Q: Do KIPP Stand Academy students need to reapply each year?
A: No. Once a child receives a spot in a KIPP Minnesota school he/she is guaranteed a spot there until he/she completes the final grade offered in that school.
Q: Do you have to pay to attend a KIPP school?
A: KIPP Stand Academy and all KIPP schools are a free, open enrollment public charter schools.
Q: Is KIPP Stand Academy affiliated with the neighboring church?
A: No. Although KIPP Stand Academy leases from the Basilica of St Mary’s, it is a secular public charter school.
Q: How can I enroll my child in KIPP Stand Academy?
A: To enroll your child in KIPP Stand Academy’s middle school, you must fill out an Intent to Enroll form or Interest Form in the spring. If a school receives applications from more students than it has space for, a lottery will be held in late spring. KIPP Minnesota Schools do not have any admissions requirements; our schools accept students regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background. Please call 612-287-9700 for more information regarding enrollment.