KIPP Texas - San Antonio

Academics & Activities

KIPP's mission is to educate students with the academic and character skills necessary to thrive in and graduate from college, positively impact their communities, and lead choice-filled lives.  KIPP emphasizes values, character, and academics in small, community-focused schools.  In the San Antonio area, KIPP operates seven schools educating over 3,000 K-12 students.

KIPP University Prep offers a growing number of International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses including AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Spanish Literature, IB Theory of Knowledge, IB Environmental Systems and Societies, IB Visual Art, IB Theatre, IB Music, IB Dance, and IB Film. 

IB takes a holistic portfolio approach to education, allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge through in-class projects and papers, as well as end of course assessments.  IB also provides students with a range of academic choices, so students can tailor their classes and activities to suit their interests and future career aspirations.

KIPP Somos Collegiate will be an AP for All school, which means that each student will graduate having taken at least 10 Advanced Placement courses. 

KIPP Texas - San Antonio students enjoy a variety of extracurricular programs including soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross-country, baseball, softball, choir, journalism, Mexican American studies, ballet, ballet folklórico, yoga, and Zumba. 

Notable Achievements

The KIPP University Prep Class of 2019 was offered over $11 million in scholarships.  Members of the Class of 2019 were accepted to 132 unique four-year colleges and universities including Davidson College, Georgetown University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, Trinity University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Texas – Austin. 

During the 2018-19 school year, 143 KIPP University Prep students earned a passing score on at least one International Baccalaureate (IB) course, thus giving them college credit at most colleges and universities.  

KIPP Texas Public Schools earned a “B” rating on the TEA’s Accountability Ratings for the 2018-19 school year.  KIPP Texas schools earned 108 distinctions across the state for being in the top 25% of their peer groups across the state.

Based on 2019 STAAR performance, KIPP Poder Academy earned an “A” rating as well as distinctions in Comparative Academic Growth, Postsecondary Readiness, Comparative Closing the Gaps, as well as course level distinctions.