KIPP Woodson Park Academy

  • Grades ServedK-8

  • Founded 2019

  • Students768

  • Teachers 67

About Us

Founded in 2019, KIPP Woodson Park Academy was the 10th KIPP Metro Atlanta school to open. Unlike the other KIPP Metro Atlanta schools, KIPP Woodson Park Academy is a unique partnership with Atlanta Public Schools. In 2019, KIPP assumed operations of Woodson Park, a K-5 school that was a combination of the former Grove Park Elementary School and the former Woodson Intermediate, in the Grove Park neighborhood. KIPP Woodson Park Academy serves as the zoned school for any students who live in the neighborhood and functions as a traditional public school in regards to enrollment.

The history of KIPP Woodson Park Academy is rich and our school culture is rooted in resiliency and pride in our beloved community. Our students are the legacy of community members who have resided in Grove Park for decades. At KIPP Woodson Park Academy, we are committed to fostering love and openness and ensuring our students receive the academically excellent education and support they deserve.

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Ms. Tara Stifler serves as principal of grades K-4 at KIPP Woodson Park Academy. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ms. Stifler began her career in education in 2007 with Fulton County Schools where she was also awarded Teacher of the Year. In 2009, Ms. Stifler joined KIPP WAYS Academy as a fifth-grade reading teacher and later a reading coach. Ms. Stifler spent three years as a lead reading interventionist at Drew Charter School in Atlanta before returning to KIPP WAYS Academy as the Lower School Assistant Principal in 2014.

Ms. Stifler earned her B.A. in Psychology (Spanish Minor) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Teaching (Reading Specialist) from Georgia State University. Ms. Stifler enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, being outside, and all things Carolina sports.

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Mr. Emanuel Mathis serves as principal of grades 5-8 at KIPP Woodson Park Academy. An Atlanta native, Mr. Mathis has a passion to provide an exceptional educational and extracurricular experience that can propel all Atlanta students into living a choice filled life. Since joining the KIPP family in 2011, Mr. Mathis has worked in three different KIPP Metro Atlanta schools as a learning specialist, math teacher, athletic director, basketball coach, instructional coach, and assistant principal.

Prior to joining KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, Mr. Mathis taught four years in the Newton County public school system. Mr. Mathis earned his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia where he was also a member of the men’s basketball team.

Extracurricular Activities

At KIPP Woodson Park Academy, we offer the following extracurricular activities:

  • Flag football
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Cheerleading
  • Theater
  • Music
  • Girl Scouts
  • STEM program – YMCA Partnership 
  • Soccer

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School Calendar

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Our Results

Our students’ academic results continue to prove what is possible in education.