Lottery for School Year Starting August 2014 Now Open
KIPP Houston Public Schools (KIPP) is a tuition-free network of public charter schools. However, KIPP does not “enroll” or “register” students like traditional public schools. You must submit a KIPP lottery/interest form online to enter into our process. Lottery opens on November 1, 2013. KIPP Houston ran its lottery on March 1st. We are still taking interest forms. For schools that currently have full enrollment, your child will be placed on the waitlist. For schools still taking students, an interest form will qualify you for an open seat.
Each KIPP school is focused on, when possible, serving families in the community near each school. Families fill out a form for a specific school. We encourage families to fill out a form for the KIPP school where they have priority based on zip code.
Where open seats are available, children receive prioritization in the lottery for each KIPP school in the following order:
1. Brothers and sisters of KIPPsters who live in the zip code zone for a specific KIPP school or who live outside of any KIPP zip code zone; and children of KIPP faculty and staff.
2. All children who live in a specific KIPP school’s zip code zone.
3. Brothers and sisters of KIPPsters who are zoned by zip code to a different KIPP school that could serve that child’s grade level.
4. All children who live outside the zip code zone of the KIPP school they are applying to.
Between November 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014, KIPP schools will accept student lottery forms. All of these forms will be placed into a lottery. If the number of children interested in a specific grade at a KIPP school exceeds the number of seats available for that grade, names will be drawn through a random automated lottery process on March 1, 2014 and families will be notified of their admission status soon afterwards. If the number of lottery forms for a specific KIPP school and grade received by January 31 is fewer than the seats we have open, all children with completed forms for that school and grade are automatically admitted.
If there are not enough open seats available at a KIPP school, children will be placed on a waitlist. If and when seats become available at each KIPP school, we will notify families in the order of where they are on the waitlist.
After the January 31 lottery deadline, families can fill out an ‘interest form’ for KIPP online or at a KIPP school, but will not be included in the March 1 lottery. Children of these families will be eligible for open seats available post lottery on a first-come, first-served basis, and will otherwise be added to the waitlist.
For High School (9th through 12th grade) families: Please make sure that you complete your High School Application Packet. Click the following link: High School Application Packet to print out a copy of this form.
Please note that for KIPP Courage, our middle school partnership with Spring Branch Independent School District, lottery runs from November 1, 2013 to February 14, 2014 at 4:00pm. KIPP Courage also prioritizes in its lottery according to Spring Branch policies. For more information, please contact KIPP Courage at 713.251.3800.