The Story of KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing students in under-served communities for success in college and in life.

Who We Are

There are currently 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 80,000 students. More than 88 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 81 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.

What We Believe

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.

Why It Matters

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.

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