The mission of KIPP is to create a respected, influential, and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.
Our vision is that, one day, all public schools will help children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.
There are currently 162 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 59,000 students. More than 87 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 96 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 94 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 82 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.
There are 80 KIPP middle schools (grades 5-8), 60 elementary schools (grades Pre-K-4), and 22 high schools (grades 9-12). Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background.
Since our founding, it has been our core belief that all students, regardless of their zip code or demographics, will learn and achieve. We are committed to serving the students who need us most and refuse to accept anything less than an excellent college-preparatory education for students from low-income communities.
Essential to creating a great system of schools is having our
eyes on the same goal: college graduation. At KIPP, teachers, leaders,
students, and parents are all united around this goal. By providing outstanding educators, more time
in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all
students build the skills needed to make it not only to, but through, college.
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The future of our country depends upon our collective commitment to providing all children with access to a great education. In particular, there is a level of urgency when we consider the challenges faced by the one in five children living in poverty in America. We need to work together to change the reality that a child in a more affluent community is seven times more likely to graduate from college than a child growing up in poverty.
A majority of schools in our network operate within regions—a local system of schools. Schools in regions are supported by a central office, governed by a common local board, and led by a local executive director.
Schools clustered in KIPP regions can share instructional practices and materials, thereby accelerating innovation in the classroom. In a KIPP region, the KIPP school leader can focus on students, teachers, and families while a central office provides services across multiple schools, such as operations and alumni services.
At KIPP, we believe that a large degree of school leader autonomy can be preserved in a system of schools that makes selective investments in standardization (such as frameworks for defining a healthy school and leadership development), which enables the system to operate effectively and efficiently.