KIPP Heartwood Academy is a California Distinguished School, a National Blue Ribbon School, and is in the top seven percent of all public schools in the state.

KIPP Heartwood Academy

Download the 2013-14 KIPP Heartwood Academy School Profile.

The deadline to submit applications for the lottery was March 18th at 12:00 PM. To view and submit the application online, click here for EnglishSpanish, or Vietnamese. Download and print the application in EnglishSpanish, or Vietnamese then send to 1250 S King Rd. San Jose, CA 95122.

Watch a video on More Time at KIPP Heartwood Academy by The National Center for Time & Learning


The mission of KIPP Heartwood Academy is to deepen in the students of East San Jose the knowledge, skills, character, and intellectual habits needed to excel in college and to make positive change every single day.


KIPP Heartwood Academy is a free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter middle school in San Jose. It opened its doors to 73 fifth grade students in July 2004, becoming the first public charter school in Alum Rock. By partnering with parents, teachers, community members, and the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, KIPP Heartwood proves that with the necessary desire, discipline, and dedication, East San Jose students can perform at the same high levels as other students in Santa Clara County. KIPP Heartwood puts students on a solid track to success in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond. Our school derives its name from the redwood tree. The living tissue, or core, of a redwood tree is called the heartwood. When a redwood tree is damaged, it rebuilds itself from its heartwood.

Values: H.E.A.R.T.

Honor | Excellence | Absolute Determination | Responsibility | Team

School Leader

Susana Mena

Enrollment and Demographics

400 students, grades 5–8

  • 81% Latino or Hispanic
  • 16% Asian
  • 1% African American
  • 2% Other
  • 20% English Language Learners
  • 5% Students with Special Needs
  • 100% qualify for federal free and reduced-price meals


1250 South King Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
Phone: (408) 926-5477
Fax: (408) 926-5478


For Parents

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures 2013-2014

Uniform Order Form

KIPP Heartwood in the News

NBC News  – Study: Silicon Valley Schools Failing Disadvantaged Students
Innovate Public Schools - The Children Left Behind in Silicon Valley Schools (KIPP Heartwood Academy highlighted as top achieving school for Latino and low-income students)
NBC News  – Heartwood Students in Science Rap Enrichment