I used to work for an after-school program at a middle school KIPP institution in San Jose, CA. I thought it was a great alternative to regular public schools in the area. The students were encouraged to strive for college and would set up college trips to Ivy League schools. The students wouldne be on campus from 7 in the morning to 5 or later in the evening. They were so disciplined and determined. I believe there was an application to be admitted and I believe it's free to attend? I thought it was a great asset to the community where it is located, where gang activity is strong.