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Susan Oba – View Bio


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 public charter middle school in San Jose that is free of charge, open to all students, and focused on preparing young people for college and choice-filled lives. It opened its doors to 73 fifth grade students in July 2004, becoming the first public charter school in Alum Rock. 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.


Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students, Innovate Public Schools Report 2017

Enrollment and Demographics

413 students, grades 5–8

74% Latino
24% Asian/Pacific Islander
2% Other

25% English Language Learners
7% Students with Special Needs
82% qualify for federal free and reduced-price meals



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

KIPP students & families in San Jose: Please contact your school leader ASAP or email us at if you have been affected by the flooding.


Applications for the 2018-19 school year are now open for Grades 5-8. You can submit your online application here or visit the school to submit an application.

Contact Elizabeth Betancourt
Phone: (408) 926-5477

To review the 2018-2019 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), click here.

To review KIPP Heartwood Academy’s School Accountability Report Card (SARC), click here.

Para revisar el Informe de Responsabilidad Escolar Reportado Usando Datos del Ciclo Escolar (SARC), haga click here.

To review their Local Educational Agency Plan (LEA), click here.

To learn more about Title IX, click here.