In the Spring of 2011, KIPP published our first college completion report, which detailed the high school and college attainment rates of our alumni as of Fall 2010. We now have data from two more years of students old enough to have graduated from college.
As of Fall 2012, 40 percent of KIPP students have earned a four-year college degree after finishing eighth grade at a KIPP middle school 10 or more years ago. This is above the national average for all students (33 percent), and four times the rate for students from low-income families nationwide (10 percent). An additional 5 percent of KIPP alumni have graduated from two-year colleges.
While we are proud of our students, we are not satisfied. KIPP’s aspiration is for our students to graduate college at the same rate as their more affluent peers.
By 2015, KIPP will serve more than 55,000 students, and more than 10,000 KIPP alumni will have enrolled in college. We are committed to finding increasingly effective ways to support our students all the way through to college graduation day.