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

Honor | Excellence | Absolute Determination | Responsibility | Team

2013-14 School Profile Results Uniform Order Form Weekly Bulletin

School Leader

Susana Mena


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.

Enrollment and Demographics

403 students, grades 5–8

81% Latino or Hispanic
16% Asian
1% African American
2% Other
21% English Language Learners
5% Students with Special Needs
83% qualify for federal free and reduced-price meals



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


The lottery date has passed for this school. All applicants whose applications were turned in after the lottery date will be placed at the end of the waitlist. The waitlist will remain open until September 2014. To be placed on the waitlist, print the application (EnglishSpanish, or Vietnamese) then send to 1250 S King Road San Jose, CA 95122.

To learn about KIPP Heartwood’s LCAP, click here.