KIPP Forward

KIPP Forward supports students to choose and prepare for the educational and career path that fits their goals and sense of purpose. Once on their way, KIPP Forward teams help alumni keep moving forward while pursuing their dreams.

The KIPP Forward Approach

In collaboration with the nearly 400 KIPP Forward counselors across the country, we provide KIPP high school students with:

  • Quality curriculum and college selection support in high school
  • Guidance during the transition from high school to college
  • Access to partners that support students on their college and career journey

KIPP High School Counseling and College Match

KIPP Forward counselors support students through career exploration and the College Match process— the specific steps needed to effectively apply for and enroll in college or additional postsecondary education.

College Knowledge and Career Success

Our curriculum for 9th-12th grade is grounded in identity affirmation, critical consciousness, career exploration, and personal agency in navigating the postsecondary entry process.

College Match

This program guides students through the process of selecting colleges to apply to—considering academic, financial, and personal factors that would make a school a good fit.

Preventing Summer Melt

The Challenge

Summer melt is an all-too-common scenario where high school graduates apply and get accepted to college, but never enroll. It can happen when graduates don’t receive enough financial aid, miss administrative deadlines, or don’t have support from family and friends.

Our Approach

We focus on Strong Transition during the summer months, an initiative where KIPP Forward counselors ensure that students and families have the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and resources to avoid summer melt and make it across the finish line to enrollment.

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  • The power of the Lycoming College partnership with KIPP lies in our shared commitment to this mission: We change lives. Kent Trachte, President, Lycoming College

    The power of the Lycoming College partnership with KIPP lies in our shared commitment to this mission: We change lives.

    Kent Trachte, President, Lycoming College
  • When we talk about the cost of college, people only think of tuition. The problem is that it’s much larger than just tuition. De'Ja Wood, Duke University ’21, KIPP St. Louis Public Schools Alumna

    When we talk about the cost of college, people only think of tuition. The problem is that it’s much larger than just tuition.

    De'Ja Wood, Duke University ’21, KIPP St. Louis Public Schools Alumna
  • KIPP schools have established a record of educating high potential students, ready for the academically challenging environment Spelman provides. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College

    KIPP schools have established a record of educating high potential students, ready for the academically challenging environment Spelman provides.

    Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College

Partnering For Success

We collaborate with a range of quality partners who are committed to supporting the academic, socioemotional, financial, and career needs of KIPP alumni. Meet some of our partners below.

  • College Partners
    • College Partners

      College Partners

      Through partnerships with more than 90 colleges and universities across the country, we identify strategies to help close the achievement gap for all first-generation college attendees and students of color. Together, we reflect on areas where we can strengthen college readiness and matriculation strategies, and we implement support to improve persistence and graduation rates for KIPP and other first-generation students. Check out a handful of our college partners:

  • Career & Education Partners 
    • Career & Education Partners 

      Career & Education Partners 

      We provide KIPP high school students with tools to help them further their education and explore career pathways. YouScience, Braven, and Verto support students on their journey from high school to college and careers.

  • Scholarship Partners
    • Scholarship Partners

      Scholarship Partners

      Over the years, we’ve partnered with donors committed to ensuring that KIPP students have the resources to attend and graduate from the college or university of their choice. More than 200 KIPP alumni have received financial support, internship support, mentoring, and more from these national scholarship programs:

      • Amplify Scholars Program
      • Dreamscape Scholars Program
      • Goldberg Scholars Program
      • Ruth and Norman Rales Scholars Program
      • Webb Scholars Program
  • Additional Partners
    • Additional Partners

      Additional Partners

      The Steve Fund is the nation’s leading organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.

      The Dell Scholars program offers comprehensive, individualized support to help students overcome academic challenges, increase financial literacy, and navigate the personal circumstances that impact their college experience.

      UNCF works to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college, and persist to graduation.

      InsideTrack uses the power of coaching to support individuals in achieving their educational and career goals.