Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers

Q: What is KIPP?

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. To learn more about KIPP, click here.

Q: What is a KIPPster?

You might have noticed we often talk about "KIPPsters" - that's simply another word for our KIPP students. But KIPPster also means something much more. KIPPsters are the heart of our KIPP community, they've made the commitment to KIPP, and we've committed to supporting them as they climb the mountain to and through college. Being part of KIPP means making decisions that put students first.

Q: What are a few things that make KIPP Colorado great?

  • 1. An open and collaborative professional culture.
    2. Regular observation and instructional coaching.
    3. Significant daily planning time.
    4. Ongoing, differentiated professional development.
    5. A national network of like-minded colleagues and structures for best practice sharing across KIPP.
    6. Highly competitive compensation.
    7. Colorado PERA retirement program.

Q: What do you, as a part of KIPP Colorado, commit to?

1. A relentless college-preparatory focus.
2. A longer school day and year than traditional district schools.
3. A standards-based curriculum.
4. Regular assessments and strategic use of data.
5. Support for all students.
6. A structured and joyful school culture.
7. Consistent communication with families.

Q: How much teaching experience do I need?

We typically prefer at least two years of prior full-time classroom teaching experience. On a case-by-case basis, we may consider candidates with less teaching experience who otherwise demonstrate exposure to instructional excellence.

Q: Do I have to meet specific application deadlines?

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Teaching positions go live in October, so the earlier you apply, the better.

Q: No one has contacted me—what’s wrong?

While we wish we could personally contact each applicant, it’s not possible. If you don’t receive a call or email, don’t feel discouraged. Keep applying!

Q: Are there growth opportunities?

Absolutely! We provide ongoing professional development for all teachers and a variety of instructional and leadership training pathways. We need great teachers and exceptional leaders to open new schools and provide a variety of differentiated professional development experiences.

Q: Do I need teaching certification?

Charter school teachers in Colorado must be “Highly Qualified” in their area of instruction, but do not need to meet the full licensing requirements. For core content areas, this generally means teaching applicants should meet the following requirements: The equivalent of a college major in the subject area to be taught (at least 24 credit hours) OR, a passing score on the appropriate subject-area Praxis or Place exam.