KIPP Charter School Network Eyes More Expansion, 25 Years After Starting In Houston

ByLaura Isensee
Photo shows Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, speaking on stage at the 2019 KIPP School Summit

In 25 years, KIPP has grown from a program for fifth graders in Houston to a national network of charter schools, enrolling over 100,000 students in 20 states and Washington, D.C., including nearly 30,000 students in Texas.

As more than 6,000 KIPP teachers and alumni gathered in Houston this week to mark its 25th anniversary, leaders with the charter school are planning more growth, including new campuses and a new focus on graduates.

In an interview with News 88.7, Richard Barth, the president of the KIPP Foundation, said they’re creating a network for alumni, who can support each other and KIPP after college.

“We believe the KIPP alumni network will become one of our greatest accomplishments because they have the ability to help each other, help themselves, help KIPP and I think build a better world for us all — and we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

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