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Founded in 2008 with 50 students in 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently serves nearly 2,000 students. Traditionally, there have been more than 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.

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KIPP Columbus is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 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.

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Timeline

Lottery Application Window Opens: November 1, 2018
Lottery Application Window Closes: February 27, 2019
Lottery Held: February 28, 2019
Families Notified of Admission: March 1 – 4, 2019
Enrollment Window for Accepted Students: March 4 – 15, 2019
Waitlist Students Added for Any Open Seats: March 18 – 29, 2019
After School Programs Application Opens: April 1, 2019

KIPP Students

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 Early Learning Center at KIPP Columbus Primary, click here.

For more information, 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 Connect After School Programming through the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus

KIPP Connect by the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus (BGCC) serves students from 2nd Grade through 8th Grade. The BGCC provides specific programming around academic tutoring and support, character education, and club programming geared towards a variety of student interests, the arts, and athletic activities. A healthy dinner is also provided during the program. This programming is FREE to families.

To apply for the the waitlist for KIPP Connect, click here.

For more information, please contact the Boys and Girls Club at 614-263-6137 Ext. 177.


Frequently Asked Questions

Applications

  • What do we need to submit to be entered into the lottery?
    The application window for the 2019-2020 school year is November 1, 2018 – February 27, 2019. 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.

Lottery

  • 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.

Enrollment

  • 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?
    Yes.

After School Program Application Window

  • How do I apply for the after school program?
    We offer after school programs through the YMCA (Kindergarten and 1st Grade only) and Boys and Girls Club (2nd Grade through 8th Grade). These applications will be available for all current and newly accepted families on April 1st.
  • Families are welcomed to do a campus tour to learn more about the school.
    They can also reach out at any time to enrollment@kippcolumbus.org, call our main office, or stop by and speak with our Office Assistants for questions or additional support.