KIPP Austin College Prep

KIPP Austin College Prep

KIPP Austin College Prep is a school that firmly believes that in order for a student to thrive in college, they need to have strong character, strong intellectual habits, and strong academics. We are a school that knows that if we only focus on academics our students will not be as successful as they can be. In order to develop their academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits, our students engage in rigorous courses, explicitly learn intellectual habits such as independent reading, and participate in service projects. Finally, we explicitly teach character, promote students engaging in collaborative processes like community circles and peer mediation, and provide opportunities for our students to demonstrate KIPP Austin’s values of courage, tenacity, integrity, curiosity, and community.

  • Grades Served

    5 - 8

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KIPP Austin College Prep Feeder Pattern


KIPP Austin Comunidad

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KIPP Austin College Prep

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KIPP Austin Collegiate

Letter from the Principal

“A child won’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.”

-Katie Carpenter, Principal of KIPP Austin College Prep

About Principal Carpenter: Katie Carpenter started at KIPP Austin College Prep in 2008, having joined KACP from Greenville, Mississippi, where she taught with Teach for America.  During her first three years at KACP, Mrs. Carpenter taught 5th and 6th grade reading and served as a Grade Level Chair.  During this time, she helped her students make a tremendous amount of growth in reading. Mrs. Carpenter spent the three following years as the 5th & 6th grade Assistant Principal, before stepping into the Principal role in 2014.

Before moving to Mississippi, Mrs. Carpenter attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she earned her B.A. in History. She is originally from Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, where her parents still reside.  She loved growing up there because it was a diverse community that felt like a small town despite being inside a large city.  Mrs. Carpenter’s favorite time of the year is the holiday season, because she, her parents and her four siblings come from all over the country to be together.  In her free time, she likes to read, talk to her family, and watch sports, especially football.

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