Frequently Asked Questions

Please find answers to our most commonly asked questions below.

General Notes

  • We have assembled a team that loves their job. Your child will be greeted by a joyous adult at 7:50am each morning. A grab-and-go breakfast will be available to all students every day. Students will begin their day with a community circle, followed by a classroom morning meeting. The day continues with instruction in reading, math, science, social studies, and physical education. Students will have a daily lunch and recess block as well as other opportunities to socialize and collaborate with classmates. Students will dismiss at 4:00pm from Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, students will dismiss at 2:00pm. Yes, kids come to school to learn, but we also want your child to experience love and a feeling of belonging. Our experienced team will focus on academics but we will also infuse their day with humor, kindness, and love.

  • We recognize that class size has a direct impact on a child’s learning experience. Our goal is to maintain class sizes of 26-28 students so that teachers can provide our children with a personalized learning experience.

  • In each Kindergarten room, we have two teachers; a state-certified lead teacher and a state-certified co-teacher.

    Our 1st and 2nd grade classrooms each have a lead teacher. Support is provided by paraprofessionals as needed.

  • While the bulk of the school day is spent in reading and math, students will also have science, social studies, recess, and physical education blocks, with the opportunity for various art activities infused throughout.

    Our approach to reading ensures that all students are strong readers, writers, and communicators so that they can learn, discover, and express themselves, and craft their future. Our goal is that every kindergarten student ends the school year able to read!

    KDIA’s math curriculum pushes students to think critically about mathematical concepts and apply those concepts to solve real world problems. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with classmates to justify their reasoning and critique the reasoning of others.

    Science instruction blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers.


  • We believe every child walks through the doors of our school bearing gifts. And, at KIPP Public Schools, we seek to support those gifts and their academic skills.

    First and foremost, we build relationships with our kids. Our goal is to create a safe, loving, and nurturing environment where they feel seen and valued.

    We will come to know your child’s academic strengths and areas of growth through a set of assessments. Our teachers will be trained to look at those assessments and create a plan for your child. As our partner, we will ensure that you understand what is being assessed, what your child’s score means, and how we work together to ensure your child is growing.

  • At KIPP, we believe that we (teachers and parents) are partners in this work. We know that you want the best for your child, and so do we! To journey together, in providing your child with the best experience, there are things that we must promise to each other: frequent communication & collaboration, active involvement & participation, and trust! We want to be IN community with you, so during the school year, we will host community events, student showcases and performances, as well as celebrations – all which families are invited to attend (either virtually or in person).

  • We will always follow the latest CDC guidance and work in collaboration with St. Suzanne Cody Rouge CRC to ensure maximum safety for all students and staff in the building. Our current plans include masks for all staff and students as well as frequent hand washing and sanitizing breaks. We will be sure to keep up to date on all procedures.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be available to all students daily at no cost.

  • Yes! All students must wear navy bottoms, closed toed gym shoes, and a KIPP Detroit Imani Academy polo shirt. All students will receive their first polo shirt for free. Additional shirts can be purchased from the school. When the weather is cooler, KDIA sweatshirts will also be available for purchase from the school.

  • KIPP Detroit Imani Academy is a completely tuition-free school; there are no fees required to attend. Free breakfast and lunch will be available for all students daily. All students will receive their first uniform shirt for free, but additional shirts will be available for purchase. While we may ask for small contributions to support the costs of some field trips, no student will be prohibited from attending any field trip solely due to the inability to pay.

  • You may complete an application at any time.  If your student is selected, we ask that you complete enrollment and registration as soon as possible.

  • Students are selected via a random selection drawing. Families can complete an application here. Submitting an application adds your student to the enrollment lottery.

  • No! As long as your student is currently enrolled and registered with KDIA, they will have a permanent spot through the 12th grade.

  • Currently, KIPP Detroit plans to open 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, and 1 high school, serving 1300 students from grades K-12.

  • We are so happy to partner with the St. Suzanne/Cody Rouge Community Resource Center as well as Forgotten Harvest. We are always looking for more ways to support our community! Please email to let us know about any other partnership opportunities.

  • We are always eager for members of our community to be a part of our school. Please email us at or give us a call at 313-474-2777 to inquire about different volunteer opportunities.