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The mission of KIPP Excelencia Community Prep is to inspire and empower all children so that they are successful through college and impact their communities.

School Leader

Mrs. Coughenour is honored to serve as the Principal of KIPP Excelencia Community Prep. In 2015, Mrs. Coughenour joined the founding team at Excelencia as the Instructional Dean and worked to set the instructional vision for math in the school’s first two years. She also served as the Assistant Principal of the Upper School during the 2016-17 school year. Mrs. Coughenour joined KIPP in 2008 as a founding Kindergarten Math teacher at KIPP DC: LEAP Academy in Washington, DC. She taught kindergarten for two years and served as the Grade Level Chair. In 2010, Mrs. Coughenour completed the leadership team strand of the KIPP School Leadership Programs and moved into the role of Vice Principal at KIPP DC: Promise Academy. During this time, she also developed new teachers as a Seminar Leader for the New Teacher Project’s Teaching for Results certification course. Liz has also served for three years as a Content Specialist with Teach for America. Mrs. Coughenour began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington, DC, where she taught first grade for two years at Friendship Public Charter School. Mrs. Coughenour graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology. She also holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from American University in Washington, DC.Outside of school, Mrs. Coughenour enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband and young son. [/modal]


KIPP Excelencia Community Prep is a TK-8 public charter school located in Redwood City that opened its doors in  summer 2015. The school began with transitional kindergarten (TK), kindergarten, first, and fourth grade and adds an additional grade each year until it is serving transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. KIPP Excelencia is currently co-located at Hoover and Taft Elementary Schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Our address at Hoover is 656 Laurel St. & Taft is 954 8th Ave.


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


Lower School: TK-4th (TAFT)
954 8th Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 482-2428

Upper School: 5th-8th (HOOVER)
656 Laurel St., Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 482-2427

Fax: (650) 649-2928


Applications for this school year and the 2019-20 school year are now open for TK – 8th. You can submit your online application here or visit the school to submit an application.

If you have any questions, please visit us at our Office Hours: 8 am – 4 pm Monday-Friday or give us a call! (address and phone numbers are located above).

School Tours

Unfortunately we are not able to give school tours at the moment. We apologize for any inconvenience that this will create. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call:
Lower (TK-4th): 650-482-2428
Upper(5th-7th): 650-482-2427


To review the 2018-19 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), click here.

To review KIPP Excelencia Community Prep’s current School Accountability Report Card (SARC), click here.

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

Learn more about Title IX here.