Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are now OPEN!

Together with families and communities, KIPP San José Collegiate provides a joyful and academically excellent education that prepares students with critical thinking and college readiness skills to pursue their chosen path upon graduation. We are committed to building a diverse team that cultivates individual growth and ensures all students strengthen their responsibility, resilience, and leadership so they advocate for themselves and their community becoming agents of change.

KIPP has a commitment to diversityequity and inclusion. Read more about our commitment to the work here.

KIPP San José Collegiate is a public charter high school located in East San José that is free, open to all students, and committed to preparing students for college and choice-filled lives. KIPP San José Collegiate opened its doors in 2008 and graduated its first class of seniors in 2012. Over 90% of KIPP San José Collegiate students matriculate to college.

#9 San Jose Metro Area High Schools – 2022 US News and World Report
2021 California Distinguished School Award
#9 San Jose Metro Area High Schools – 2021 US News and World Report
2017-2018 California Honor Roll

Leadership | Responsibility | Resilience | Excellence | Joy

Special Education at KIPP

All students are welcome! We recognize the unique needs of each student and design high quality and specialized programs that enable each student to fully participate in their school community and the world at large. Special education services are available at all KIPP schools. Learn more about the SPED Program.

Mental Health & Wellness

KIPP Northern California aims to provide high-quality, client-centered, and culturally responsive mental health services designed to support students with varying levels of need. All students should have access to quality mental health services and as such, all services are free to students and provided regardless of insurance in order to reduce barriers to mental health care, meet students where they are at, and challenge mental health stigma. Learn more about our Mental Health and Wellness Program.

Extracurricular Activities

We want our KIPP high schoolers to explore their interests and passions both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to core classes, our wide-range of electives and extracurricular activities give KIPPsters a well-rounded and engaging high school experience.



  • Acts of Random Kindness
  • Asian Pacific Islander Association
  • Bring Change to Mind
  • Computer Science Club
  • Gender Spectrum Alliance
  • Interact
  • Key Club
  • Robotics
  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica
  • Theater Club
  • Yearbook
  • Debate
  • UNICEF Club
  • KSJC High School Dems
  • Bumblebees Club

AP Courses:

  • AP 2-D Art & Design
  • AP Calculus (AB & BC)
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language & Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
Salvador Abundiz, Parent, KIPP San Jose Collegiate
Salvador Abundiz, Parent, KIPP San Jose Collegiate
When I drop my girls off at school, or come to help the teachers, I can see that everyone is working together to help one another. Those are the same values I hold for my own family, and I have such confidence in KIPP to give my daughters the education I never had. With KIPP, I know that their dreams are possible. I will see my girls complete college and become whatever they want to be in the world.

Enrollment Information

Applications for the 2024-25 school year are open for grades 9-12. You can submit your online application here.

Only applications that are received by the open enrollment deadline will be considered in the lottery. Applications received after the open enrollment deadline will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis. Lottery decisions will be sent to families via text and email.

Open Enrollment deadline: February 16, 2024

To submit an application or inquire about your status, please log in to your SchoolMint account at

Questions? Contact the Director of School Operations Patty Santiago via phone 408.510.9176 or email at

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What Makes KIPP Different?

With a focus on character and academics, our free public charter schools prepare students for success in college and opportunity in life.

Sense of Belonging

KIPP provides a positive, supportive, and anti-racist learning environment where all students are known, respected, and empowered. 

  • 100% of our schools prioritize social-emotional learning through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports; 100% of our schools have mental health counselors, which is available to all students irrespective of insurance status

Academic Excellence

KIPP fosters a culture of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity through individualized instruction that meets the learning needs of every student. 

  • KIPP Northern California high schools are ranked in the top 5% of public high schools in the country, according to US News & World Report 
  • 59% of KIPP students meet or exceed California State academic standards for English Language Arts (compared to 50% across the state)
  • 47% of KIPP students meet or exceed California State academic standards for Math (compared to 39% across the state) *2021 results
  • Award winning schools, for example: 9 California Distinguished School Awards, 2 National Blue Ribbon Awards, among others 

Family & Community Partnerships

KIPP partners with families and local organizations in their communities to support healthy development for children. 

  • KIPP partners with community organizations including: El Concilio California, YMCA, Community Partnerships for Families of San Joaquin, Housing Authority of San Joaquin, Boys & Girls Club, College Track, Bayview Hunters’ Point Clinic, among many others

Developing Leaders of Color

KIPP creates a sense of belonging and fortifies the positive racial identity of emerging leaders of color at our schools.

  • 83% of our executive team, 59% of our school principals, and 62% of our teachers identify as people of color

College and Career Guidance

KIPP works with high school students and 4,000 alumni each year on a path to college, career, and beyond. 

  • Over time, 89% of all KIPP Northern California high school students have matriculated to college and progressive pathways
  • Our alumni graduate college at four times the rate of their peers

Becoming Anti-Racist 

We embed anti-racism into the core of who we are and what we do. 

  • We seek to disrupt racial and socio-economic inequities in access and outcomes so that ALL of our students, families, and alumni thrive
  • The pandemic has disproportionately affected the academic and socio-emotional progress of students like ours, especially Black students, students who qualify for specialized services, and multilingual learners 
  • To ensure we are designing for success at the margins, we are implementing a set of strategies to expand an equitable funding model for students who have an individualized education plan (IEP) and/or are multilingual learners, and schools with large populations of students in these groups