Founded in 2008 with 50 students in 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently serves more than 2,000 students. Traditionally, there have been over 2,000 students on our waiting list which far exceeds our capacity for new students. Because of this, a lottery is held each February for enrollment at KIPP Columbus. Additionally, wait-list applications are also accepted and reviewed after the lottery and throughout the school year. Please click the link below for additional information about applying or to apply now.
KIPP Columbus is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year for grades K-12. For more information, please reference the Frequently Asked Questions here to apply now. You can also reach us using our contact form with additional questions around enrollment and applying to KIPP Columbus.
Lottery Application Window Opens: November 1, 2020
Lottery Application Window Closes: February 27, 2021
Lottery Held: February 26, 2021
Families Notified of Admission: March 1 – 4, 2021
Enrollment Window for Accepted Students: March 4 – 15, 2021
Waitlist Students Added for Any Open Seats: Beginning March 18, 2021 on a rolling basis
After School Programs Application Opens: We are currently working to finalize our after-school programming for the 21-22 school year. More information will be available in March, 2021.
Applying for the KIPP Columbus Early Learning Center
(6 Weeks – 4 Years Old)
Early Learning Center
The YMCA of Central Ohio operates an Early Learning Center at KIPP Columbus Primary. There are four distinct developmental tracks for infants (6 weeks to 18 months), toddlers (18 months to 3 years), and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms for 3 and 4-year-olds. The program uses a variety of programs, curricula, and strategies to help students develop social and emotional skills necessary for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
The Early Learning Center also provides after care for students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. The program provides programming beyond the traditional school day helping students with their homework while engaging in fun and developmentally appropriate games, activities, and challenges to enhance learning. This care is provided at a cost and is available daily until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday.
To apply for the 2021-2022 lottery please click here.
To be added to the waiting list for the Early Learning Center at KIPP Columbus Primary, please contact the Early Learning Center at 614-706-3300 Ext. 4.
Applying for After School Programming
Early Learning Center Wrap Around Care
The Early Learning Center also provides wrap around care for students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. The program provides programming beyond the traditional school day helping students with their homework while engaging in fun and developmentally appropriate games, activities, and challenges to enhance learning. This care is provided at a cost and is available daily until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday.
To apply for the Early Learning Center Wrap Around Care Program at KIPP Columbus Primary, please contact the Early Learning Center at 614-706-3300 Ext. 4.
KIPP After School Programming
In partnership with Columbus Urban League, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, and After School All Stars, KIPP will begin offering after school programming to nearly 100 students beginning on Thursday, November 5th from 3:30pm – 6:30pm Monday – Friday. All students who participate will receive free dinner as part of the program.
Currently, there is a waitlist for the program, you can be added to the waitlist by completing this form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do we need to submit to be entered into the lottery?
The application window for the 2021-2022 school year is November 1, 2020 – February 27, 2021. Families must submit a KIPP application form online, it can be found here.
- First Time Applicants: You will need to create an account, this allows you to change information and check on the status of your child’s application.
- Returning Applicants: You will log in using your previously created account.
Can a family apply online?
Yes, applications must be completed online. Applications for the lottery open annually on November 1st. Computers are available for families interested in applying.
Will KIPP Columbus notify families of the lottery? If so, how?
Yes, a closed lottery is held by the Director of Operations and a third party. Results will be updated and shared through the SchoolMint application website.
How is “sibling” defined in terms of the lottery?
Siblings are a brother or sister via a shared biological or adopted mother, father or guardian. Siblings who reside in different households (i.e. one with their mother and the other with their father) are included. If current students are submitting an application for a sibling and would like sibling preference, a birth certificate must be provided PRIOR to the lottery.
How are siblings verified?
Siblings are verified using any state-issued document: birth certificate, adoption paperwork, or custody paperwork upon enrollment.
What happens if families do not provide adequate validation that students are siblings?
Sibling applications will not be given preference for the lottery without a birth certificate. Offered seats will be withdrawn.
Do alumni siblings have a preference in the lottery?
No. Preference is given for siblings of currently enrolled KIPP students.
Would there ever be more than one lottery?
No. Students who are interested and submit an enrollment form after the lottery has been held are entered onto the waitlist in the order the forms are received.
Is it possible to lose your seat?
Admitted students can lose their seat by failing to turn in their complete enrollment packet within 10 business days from notification of admission. Current students can only lose their seat once they enroll in another school.
How do we know how many seats we have in each grade?
Open seats vary from grade to grade. Kindergarten always has the most seats available for new families. We continue enrolling through the start of the next year but seats are never guaranteed.
Will the lottery information be placed on your website?
After School Program Application Window
How do I apply for the after school program?
We are currently working to finalize our after-school programming for the 21-22 school year. More information will be available in March, 2021.