"The KIPP schools are the most striking example of a movement that is improving education across America: the rise of 'charter' schools."
95%African-American and Latino
87%qualify for free / reduced meals
4xGraduation rate compared to non-KIPP students of similar demographics
Who We Are
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 41,000 students.
What We Do
KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all students climb the mountain to and through college.
Why It Matters
Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demographics do not define destiny. More than 87 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.
There are 70 KIPP middle schools (grades 5-8), 37 elementary schools (grades Pre-K-4), and 18 high schools (grades 9-12). Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background.
KIPP's Five Pillars
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:
KIPP has clear, measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, staff and families build a strong culture of achievement.
Choice & Commitment
Students, parents and teachers all commit to a college-prep education. Everyone makes a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.
With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.
Power to Lead
Great schools start with great educators. KIPP school leaders have control over their school budget and personnel allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.
Focus on Results
KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation's best high schools and colleges.