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5-8
Public charter
Atlanta, GA
Students enrolled: 320

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1286 Washington Ave
Atlanta, GA 30344

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April 18, 2014
KIPP South Fulton Academy, I am a new parent of a 5th grader and have enjoyed the experience thus far. I am hoping the level of expectation remains consistent and that my child is learning at a level that will make her successful in her years after KIPP. I would like to see some renovations take place, the classrooms are very dim and the school could use more natural light. Have a huge fundraiser so you can renovate, get the parents involved with this activity and make it happen.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
I am a parent at KSFA. This is my son's second year here. I selected this school because I wanted him to be around other students who are focused on college. Our fifth grade experience was outstanding. In sixth grade there have been challenges with teacher communication, but the dean has been very receptive to my concerns. She noted that communication was already on their radar and I have noticed that it has greatly improved. The school has the best test scores in the area. The teachers are extremely dedicated. The principal is kind, nationally recognized and is always willing to listen to parents. Is it a perfect school? No. No such thing exists :) But KSFA is a good school and according to norm referenced tests, it is the top KIPP school in metro Atlanta, the top middle school in South Fulton, one of the top middle schools in Fulton County and one of the top middle schools in all of metro Atlanta. It is definitely worth checking out if the school culture (extended hours, uniforms, etc.) fits your family.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
I am the father two boys that one is a current 6 grade student and the other attended all four years at Kipp South Fulton and has gone on to boarding school and is doing good. I am extremely happy and proud that my wife found out and researched the Kipp Schools years ago before our first son attended. This has proved to be one of the best decisions that has and will continue to positively impact our family. I am confident that this school along with other Kipp schools will continue to prepare their students for high school and college.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
I am a parent to a former 6 grader at (KIPP South Fulton Academy) - just withdrawn today Monday, October 29, 2012. This is a charter school that needs to have its entire (2011-2012) 6th grade team and administration removed from the school. The teachers yell all day at the children and reprimand the students for anything. The students aren't allowed to express themselves verbally without points being deducted which will place the child in the fire station and have their privileges revoked. Students are put in the hall if they don't turn in home work the next day. This model is unacceptable for a charter school. The teachers are LAZY. They expect the students to go over assignments on-line that have not been covered in the classroom. I have contacted the Fulton County Superintendent, Board Members and KIPP Executive Director regarding this authoritative style of teaching and bullying from the 2011-2012 6th grade team. I am asking that a full investigation and audit of this school take place immediately. No child should be treated this way. Every child s day should begin with a smile, not a frown.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
This is my daughter's first year at KSFA and I can honestly say that this appears to be a great school that has thus far met all my expectations. I have never seen seen my daughter so motivated to complete her homework and learn new things. The school sets high standards for their students and parents which is greatly appreciated. The comunication as been great between parents and teacher's. The principlal, Mr. Pryor, takes the time each morning to greet all the students and tries to know each of them by name. As a parent, I have have been very impressed about what I have seen so far and looking forward to the rest of the school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
WOW. I came to this site because I am looking to relocate, but I had to take the time to comment. I am a 6 year parent of KSFA and there have been challenges. I would not dare say awful. I believe that KSFA has some of the best teachers around but most importantly, they are held accountable for their actions in my experience. Am I a fan of EVERYTHING at this school, absolutely NOT, but I honestly believe that KSFA is a jewel and it is a great alternative to other schools in the county that practice mediocrity. Previous criticism I felt was too harsh although I suppose that they were speaking about their experience. This is my second one to come through and I do not regret it.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
Kipp south Fulton is awful. Majority of the teachers are ghetto and they will belittle the children. I as a parent had to withdraw my child from this unorganized school. With this new principle this school has gone down hill.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
KSFA is awful, the principle and staff bully and belittle the children. Punishments are given upon the teacher/principle mood for that day. Different rules for different students, the consequences are always to the extreme. Teachers will often get together and belittle the child. If your child makes any type of gesture or sigh it is considered gross disrespect and that child automatically gets three days out of school. If your child has been involved in any situation you will not here of it until 3-4 days later and then they are put out of school for three days. This school is awful

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
I would not recommend this school at all. Teachers yell at the kids on a regular basis. They belittle and demean the students. Those of you who know about the paychecks; it made my child say that they don't want to hear about a paycheck ever again. It's not good for the childs spirit. Leadership is non responsive to the concerns of the parents and students. Do yourself and your child a favor and do not send them to this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
The experience here is what you make it. If I had been the parent to just drop off & pick up my child and not be consistent in being involved and challenge every rule, I'm sure both my child's and my experience there would have been mediocre at best. Leadership would do well to stick to the contract & get rid of those who don't adhere to the rules so those that do what they're supposed to don't suffer. If parents stopped using SFA as a 10hr/day free babysitter, the job would be much easier.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
I would not recommend this school to other people. As a student I have the inside truth. Discipline Sucks. Sure you herd of paychecks. But that's to make them seem like the nice guy even though they yell and even 'Cuss' at students. Food sucks and is generally not enough and unhealthy. Don't be fooled just because they have 'KIPP' in front of there name

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2011
I love KIPP SFA! My daughter and niece attend the school. The students are encouraged to work hard and be creative. The work and expectations of the students is very demanding but it properly prepares students for high school. The school has a full time high school placement coordinator who very successfully aides the students in gaining acceptance to premier boarding, indpendent, and magnet schools. My wife and I are both teachers so we believe ourselves to have a valid opinion of a good school. The campus is lack luster at best and can often be disorganized but the learning is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
I would not recommend this school. There are one or two teachers that are exceptional in ability to teach but the majority of the teachers are below average. Inconsistancy is a common thing. Its almost like they are coming up with ideas as they go. The kids have too much freedom to move around with no consequence. Children are in the halls no hall passes. The administration claims they seperate 7-8 graders from 5-6 graders but that is not the case at all. Dysfunction seems to be promote or not corrected. Its ok for students to speak to teachers or adults in a rude, disrespectful manner. Students walk around talking on their cell phones. Adult material and songs are incorporated into curriculum under the disguise of creative expression. The facility is run down, bathrooms are disgusting. The gym has makeshift areas for the children to change in which give plenty of opportunity for "accidents" to happen between boy and girl. Theres too much "group" work in class so if a child doesnt want to put forth effort they can slide by and get answers from classmates only to fail tests. Concepts are great as far as goals, procedures and creeds but it lacks enforcement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
We would like to send A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE KIPP SOUTH FULTON PARENTS/PTSA!!! Our parents are the best in the Metro Atlanta area!! Teachers appreciation week was the best ever!! Our parents have moved from GOOD to GREAT!! If they had KIPP paychecks, they would have earned 20 bonus dollars. Thanks for everything, KSFA Team & Family

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2010
Don't be fooled read the AJC from 2009, google the school, and get a different perspective. You would think the school leadership learned from last year's bad press but he does not support the parents and the kids. During the assemblies, students must sit uncomfortably on the old hard carpet for extended periods when they should be seated in chairs. The 1st principal had the students sit properly, but not the newest one. Dilapidated building, very little technology, too many meaningless projects, many teachers YELL, bully, and work hard at belittling students all the time! Kids don't get a break to learn from their mistakes. This is a VERY stressful place! There is little room for being a well-rounded child. If your child is gifted or requires special education services you will be sadly disappointed. Most parents and students are unhappy but feel they have very few options.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
this is a great school i actually love it more than anything great great school

- submitted by a student
no rating July 06, 2009
My child attended KIPP South Fulton Academy from 5th through 8th grade. During the four years I watched not only my child grow, but I watched the school and administration grow. The experience was very positive, and because of the efforts and emphasis placed on excellence, my child was able to excel. She will be attending a top high school in the fall. I have two other daughters that I will (without hesitation) send to KIPP. My advice to prosepective parents: Shift your paradigm! Do not judge the school by its looks. What is on the inside is what counts. The staff and teachers are devoted to ensuring that your child gets the best education available so that they are able to compete! The Austin Family

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
The school was very dingy and old looking.Hardly no supplies or hands on work and the orientation was not informative.This school has mold and is unhealthy for children.The teachers have high expectations of the parents but not the students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 10, 2009
This is my second year at KSFA. The experience has been a positive one for me. I have never been around a group of people who so wholeheartedly devote themselves to the education of our youth. The teachers and staff unselfishly share various teaching best practices, etc... The parents are involved and the students generally have a desire to learn. Excellent opportunities are afforded to the students. Great curriculum, hard working and highly-qualified staff along with great parents will help this school go from good to great. This school year administrative roles have changed and opposition to change is expected. Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale

- submitted by a teacher
January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 21, 2008
My child attends KFSA and the experience has been excellent. This is her second year, and her level of learning is wonderful. KFSA does prepare the kids for the future, academically and personally. A great choice for education.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2008
KSFA has not gone from Good to Great..it has gone from Good to terrible. Not what had really hoped for. I will use the information regarding high school enrollment but will not use the KSFA name. I am proud to say that my child attends a KIPP school BUT NOT KSFA. Future parents, really check into the school. So teachers are terrible and some of the administration are not the best either.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I count it a true blessing to have KSFA as a middle school for my daughters (5th & 7th grade). The level of education and the expectations are above the rest. Mr. Pryor has taken the vision and moved from Good to Great!!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
KIPP South Fulton Academy changed my life. It gave me a outlook on what life really is like. Our New Principal Mr.Pryor is a great school leader, although he's new to the game he is still cool. At KIPP, we are like a family. we care about each other, and treat each other with respect. The Highschool options taht I have from attending KIPP is a massive number. If you want to give your child a good education, and a bright future send tour child to KIPP South Fulton ACAdemy.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2008
This school changed my life. At first I did not want to go to KIPP but after I graduated and went to a boarding school in Connecticut i began to miss it. KIPP became a part of me and it is a part of my family now. The academics was great, and the discipline is here. If you want your child to have a great future you should enroll them into KIPP.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 12, 2008
I went to KSFA and it was terrific. They taught us so much and we all have tons of fun!!We are all one happy family we also have some of the highest test scores!!!

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2008
I am so grateful for this school. My daughter is in the 7th Grade and has been at this school since the 5th grade. I have watched her mature both academically and culturally. My daughter has been given opportunities that she would have not other wise had in a traditonal middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2008
This is my third year teaching at KIPP South Fulton Academy. One of the biggest benefits of teaching students at our charter school is that the students have a 'DESIRE TO LEARN.' This is one of the missing ingredients in public schools today. KSFA is a good school for the students who want to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
October 21, 2007
I graduated from KSFA the year of 2007. I feel that provided me with all the skills needed to complete high school and more. Everything that was taught at KSFA, I do automatically. It has showed me that you can always exceed in any environment. I suggest you take a look a it.

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2007
My son was one of the first founding students and of the first graduating class of KIPP-SFA (class of 2007/2015) and we had an exciting 4 years. Ms. Volanakis was the best and I admire her drive and enthusiasm, as well as her love for the students, an exceptional education, and their overall well-being. [My son] was above average academically and we were worried that he wasn't being challenged enough until he started at KIPP-SFA in 5th grade. He maintained his great grades and learned a lot more about F.I.R.E. to go on to graduate with honors; and, with a renewed confidence that allowed him to recite a poem at graduation, start High School a very mature young man! I have referred at least 10 parents to KIPP-SFA and will continue to do so in order for more students to receive the stellar experience my son experienced as a Kippster! Mrs. Bailey

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2007
KSFA is wonderful. I love how they teach family, integrity, discipline and many other traits that children need to learn to be well rounded and successful individuals. These kids still have an innocence about them that you don't see in the kids today. I am glad to be a KSFA parent. I have 2 kids there now. I wish they had an elementary school program.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
August 25, 2006
My Daughter is in her second year at KIPP South Fulton Academy and it has been fantastic the Curriculum the Discipline and Staff is like no-other system I've experienced Principle Volanakis is Great at her Job she's full of energy and is in touch with each individual student, gives appropriate praise. The Staff is full of energy and ready for each long day 7:30am - 5:00pm and every other Saturday. This School has extra curricular activities for every grade and gender, but strong focus on academics.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
My daughter has attended KIPP since 5th grade and is in 7th grade now. The school is great academically. Her grades have improved every year since she has been there. She is now in honors literature and has A's and B's in the other subjects. The teachers are great and caring. I would like to see better discipline of the kids as a whole but there are not nearly as many problems as other public schools. My hope is that someone will open a KIPP Elementary school, our kids would benefit greatly it this happened. Wonderful place for excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
Kipp SF has been a geat experience for us and my son who is in 5th grade. The teachers are dedicated to the task of learning. My son is growing academically and has a new love for school.

- submitted by a parent
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Kipp South Fulton Academy School
1286 Washington Ave, Atlanta, GA  30344
(678) 278-0160
Last modified Kipp South Fulton Academy School is a Charter school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kipp South Fulton Academy School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top