KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. When parent demand exceeds enrollment capacity at a KIPP school, students are admitted based upon on a lottery.
Every KIPP school is approved to operate by a charter school authorizer—typically a district school board, university, or state department of education—that makes sure the school is living up to the commitments in its charter and complies with relevant federal, state, and local requirements. KIPP schools are primarily funded through public federal, state, and local dollars, along with supplemental funding through charitable donations from foundations and individuals.
Each regional organization is a separate nonprofit that oversees its local schools and provides shared services in areas such as alumni support, teacher training, leadership development, community outreach, operations, and data analysis. All regions are governed by a local board of directors, led by an executive director or superintendent, and often partner with neighboring schools and community based organizations.
KIPP schools are part of a national network of schools that operate with support from the KIPP Foundation. The nonprofit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools; provides tools, resources and training for excellent teaching and learning; promotes innovation; and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas both within the KIPP network and with partners including other public schools, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning.
Our diverse network of public schools, regions, and our Foundation are united around a shared commitment: a future without limits.
We continually raise the bar for teaching and learning, ensuring success in one classroom travels across our network to hundreds more. Together, our students and alumni are lighting ever-wider paths to opportunity and change for themselves, for all those who will follow them, and for us all.
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