KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and in life. In the San Francisco Bay Area, 14 KIPP schools are developing in our students the knowledge, skills, and character to thrive in college, shape their futures and positively impact the world.

    In the 2017-2018 school year, KIPP Bay Area schools launched a teacher residency program in partnership with the University of the Pacific and Alder Graduate School of Education.

    Combining theory and practice, we pair a year-long classroom apprenticeship with a high performing mentor and carefully curated master’s level coursework. Participants learn the underlying theory behind great teaching while practicing their skills alongside an expert teacher in a rigorous, 12-month residency program.


    The mission of the KIPP Bay Area Schools Teacher Residency is to empower students and increase their access to opportunities by:

    • -Training new teachers to be highly effective
    • -Retain highly effective teachers in the Bay Area
    • -Create a pipeline of effective STEM teachers

    About the Residency

    The Alder Teacher Residency at KIPP Bay Area Public Schools offers:

    • -A one-year program that integrates exceptional academic preparation and practical teaching experience
    • -Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific at a deeply discounted tuition rate
    • -A generous educational scholarship to help fund testing, transportation, and tuition fees (exact amount still TBD)
    • -California Preliminary Teaching Credential in all core subject areas
    • -The opportunity to work in a KIPP classroom and learn from a highly-effective, trained Mentor Teacher four days/week for an entire school year
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    • -Priority hiring for a full-time teaching position at a KIPP school in the Bay Area after your residency year.
    • -Weekly seminars to bridge theory and practice

    KIPP Bay Area Public School Locations

      • San Francisco
      • Oakland
      • San Jose
      • San Lorenzo
      • Peninsula
  • We’re looking for future residents who are:

    • -Passionate about becoming an incredible teacher; no classroom experience necessary
    • -Gritty and growth oriented, take feedback and implement it as an opportunity to grow.
    • -Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to students and the mission of KIPP Bay Area Public Schools.
    • -Able to pass the necessary CA credentialing exams (CBEST or equivalent scores, CTEL and CSET)  before their residency year begins.
    • -Degree holders of a four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum 2.65 GPA preferred (or a GPA appeal letter) by June 2019. Candidates who wish to teach Middle or High School must have a 3.0 GPA with a degree in the subject area they wish to teach.


    Please contact annie.villanueva@kippbayarea.org for more information.

    Applying to the Residency

    Please click here to apply to the Residency.

    Financial Overview

    The Residency financial structure is intended to provide an affordable, high-quality pathway to teaching. The core components of the Alder Teacher Residency at KIPP Bay Area Public Schools financial package are:

    • -Residents pay the deeply discounted University of the Pacific tuition for their first year (roughly $18,000 a year)
    • -Residents receive an educational scholarship for the first year of the program to support with tuition, testing fees, and travel.
    • -Financial aid is available through the University of the Pacific’s Financial Aid Office in order to help cover other costs. (See outline of costs to anticipate here.)
    • -Loans acquired during undergraduate education can be deferred because Residents are enrolled in a Master’s program.


    Below are some links that may aid in scholarship searches