KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary

KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary

At KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary (KALE) we believe that students, families, and the school community must work together to create long-lasting, powerful impact in our world. We value students’ language and culture and believe that a rigorous, dual language (Spanish/English) education with a focus on service-learning will enrich our Leaders with the academic skills and character traits necessary to thrive in college and beyond. We empower Leaders to advocate for what they believe in, take action and create the change that will positively affect their communities in Austin and the world.

KIPP Austin Leadership is a college-preparatory elementary school with a strong focus on preparing our students to become influential Leaders for change. Students learn what it means to be a Leader, who some community leaders are in Austin, and how they themselves can be Leaders for change. We see each child as an individual with individual hopes, dreams, and goals, and work collaboratively to help each child achieve his/her goals. Kinder, 1st grade and 2nd grade classrooms at KALE have two teachers as well as multiple computer stations to allow for differentiated and small group instruction to ensure all students are able to reach their goals and potential. Our 3rd and 4th grade classrooms have one teacher who specializes in their content area and students rotate from one classroom to the next throughout their day.

  • Grades Served

    K - 4

  • Founded


  • Teachers


  • Students


KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary Feeder Pattern


KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary

Middle School

KIPP Austin Vista Middle School

High School

KIPP Austin Brave High School

Letter from the Principal

“I firmly believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that demographics DO NOT define destiny. At KALE our goal is to empower our students to become leaders and advocate for themselves, their families and their communities. Through education and leadership, our students have the potential to change the world.”

-Nicole Seltman, KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary Founding School Leader

About Principal Seltman: Nicole Seltman earned her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she was heavily involved in tutoring, child development research, and sports. She also holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico and a M. Ed in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University. She also recently completed an Intensive Summer Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for Principals and School Leaders.

Ms. Seltman began at KIPP Austin in 2010 when she served as a Founding Kindergarten Teacher and Grade-level chair at KIPP Austin Comunidad. In addition, she has taught second grade and has supervised first and second year elementary teachers in the Teach for America program.  She is thrilled to be the Founding School Leader of KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary (KALE) and is passionate about developing her students’ leadership potential.   In her free time, Ms. Seltman enjoys playing soccer, CrossFit, playing with her dogs and running around Town Lake.

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