KIPP Through College Programming

When a student completes eighth grade at KIPP, we make a commitment to support that student for the next ten years — through high school graduation and up to six years after high school. KTC is committed to empowering all KIPP Colorado students and alumni to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the college application process and persist to and through college graduation.

In Middle School

Beginning in fifth grade, KTC begins offering college awareness programming to our youngest middle school KIPPsters. Programming includes dedicated informational classroom activities and parent workshops to communicate the value of college. KTC advisors also assist graduating eighth graders with high school placement and transition skills.

In High School

Senior Seminar
In this yearlong seminar, students learn valuable skills for the college application and acceptance process. Students get hands-on practice submitting financial aid and scholarship applications and learn other valuable skills for post-secondary life. This course teaches students best practices and procedures for college admissions, scholarships, and financial aid.

Junior Seminar
This course builds knowledge and understanding of post-secondary options and prepares students to enter the final year of high school with a clear concept of how to skillfully select and apply to post-secondary institutions. Through research, we have learned that when students choose the right college, they are more likely to successfully complete a Bachelor’s degree in four years. This course utilizes lectures, small group discussions and practicums to engage students in project-based learning.

Career Readiness
Our students learn essential career and life skills, explore areas of career interest, determine what is required of their desired career field, develop resume writing and interviewing skills, network with professionals, and participate in applied learning opportunities and internships.

Summer College
Summer College is a two-day, introductory trip for our incoming freshmen and transfer students. During this time students participate in various team building activities, explore the Colorado State University campus and attend various sessions hosted by their ninth grade teachers. This trip is meant to show our students where we hope they will be in four years - on a college campus.

College Visits
We provide students the opportunity to visit college campuses through organized trips to colleges and universities in Colorado. In addition to planning college visits, we invite students to participate in programs such as the University of Colorado Boulder's Diversity Day and Keeping the Dream Alive Conference.

Summer College Programs
Working closely with students, we find summer academic programs that will enhance the student’s knowledge in an academic or career track of their interest.  Some examples include Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislation Session, Georgetown Summer program, and MIT engineering symposium. 

Parent College Programming
The KTC team hosts a series of college nights for parents of KIPP's high school students that consist of an introduction to college, college admissions, financial aid awareness, and high school to college transition.

Financial Literacy
Our financial literacy programming provides our KIPPsters and families an opportunity to fully understand the cost of college and how they can make smart financial decisions around college options. Through comprehensive financial literacy workshops for students and parents, our families gain financial empowerment that leads to the enrollment in 529 college savings plans.

After High School

College & Career Counseling
KIPP Colorado provides one-on-one advising to our alumni on college campuses through quarterly visits from our alumni advisors, as well as monthly check-ins via email, Facebook, and text. Students also receive assistance with internship placement for the summer and assistance with financial aid.

Alumni Reunions
Twice a year, KTC's alumni advisors organize a reunion for KIPP Colorado alumni to come together and share their experiences with one another.