Get to Know KIPP LA Prep
Los Angeles is an amalgam of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own personality. During their two years of living in LA, corps members will experience a little bit of everything that makes the city unique. East of Hollywood, northwest of Downtown, and home to its namesake reservoir, Silver Lake is a neighborhood known for its great ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. Eclectic, creative, and progressive, Silver Lake is the center of LA's independent music scene as well as a friendly community of residents of all kinds. Housing in the area ranges from affordable apartments or house shares to the storied modernist mansions along the reservoir. Corps members living in Silver Lake enjoy its distinctive yet inclusive vibe.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Early Childhood
- Social Studies
- Special Education
Depending on the subject and placement, nearly all of the Los Angeles corps members will first obtain a university interim credential by enrolling in a credentialing program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) along with the option to achieve a master's degree. In order to qualify for an interim credential, all corps members must:
- Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
- Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
- Pass a U.S. Constitution Exam
After completing their coursework and a year of teaching with an interim credential, corps members will receive their preliminary credential through the State of California. At the end of two years, corps members who opted for graduate education will receive a master's degree in Urban Education, Special Education, or Early Childhood Education from LMU.