With over 30 years of experience as an educator, Lolita E. Jackson brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, a sense of urgency to do whatever it takes to educate her students, and most importantly, a relentless dedication and commitment to the KIPP mission. Since childhood, it has been Ms. Jackson’s dream to become a teacher. Ms. Jackson put her dream on hold in order to raise her three beautiful children to ensure they received a high quality education. After working as a teacher’s assistant for 15 years, Ms. Jackson made a life changing decision and decided to go back to college. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies and immediately after earning her Master’s in Education. Ms. Jackson moved to the Bay Area for a teaching position in San Jose, California. For two years, she taught fourth grade self-contained at Cesar Chavez Elementary. Ms. Jackson left Cesar Chavez to pursue the founding 4th grade Math position at KIPP Heartwood Academy. Ms. Jackson taught 5th grade at Heartwood Academy for three years—each year preparing over 90% of her students to score proficient/advanced on the California State Test. In 2006, Ms. Jackson won the KIPP Teaching in Excellence award. For the 2008-09 school years, Ms. Jackson was the Principal at KIPP Heartwood Academy. In December of 2009 Ms. Jackson transitioned to KIPP Bridge Charter School as the new principal. In 2010 KIPP Bridge won the California Distinguished School Award and was also awarded the Hart Vision School of the Year Award.
The vision of KIPP Bridge Charter School is to provide all students with an outstanding education that emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing. This education, along with the promotion of excellent citizenship and the appreciation of diversity, will develop college-bound community leaders.
The mission of KIPP Bridge Charter School is to develop the academic knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary for students to achieve success in the finest high schools and colleges, and the competitive world beyond.
Founded in 2002, KIPP Bridge Charter School is a tuition-free, college-preparatory, public charter middle school located in West Oakland. With an extended school schedule, high expectations, and a relentless focus on results, KIPP Bridge is proving that the achievement gap can be closed for traditionally underserved students. KIPP Bridge is a California Distinguished Charter School and is in the top ten percent of all public schools in the state.
Enrollment and Demographics
339 students, grades 5–8
65% African American
19% English Language Learners (2013-14 KIPP Data)
6% Students with Special Needs
71% qualify for federal free and reduced-price meals
991 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 874-7255
Fax: (510) 874-6796
Applications are due March 1, 2016. Public lottery will be held if number of applications exceed the number of available spots for any grade on March 15, 2016.
For the current 2015-16 school year, we are still enrolling students in grade 5. Please visit the school to submit a paper application.
Want to learn more about our school before you apply? Here’s how:
1) Take a school tour.
We welcome all prospective students and their families to come tour our school. Please join us on the following Wednesdays at 10:00-11:00 AM 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2.
Please note there are no tours 11/25, 12/9 or 12/16.
2) Join us at our Fall Open Houses
Our Saturday, November 14, 2015 open house has been postponed. Please note our December open date is TBD. Please stay tuned for future updates or sign up for a school tour.
3) Give us a call. We’d love to tell you more about our school.
Phone: (510) 414-7644
To learn about KIPP Bridge’s LCAP, click here.