About KIPP New Jersey

One day our nation will know Newark and Camden, New Jersey, as cities of world-class public education. KIPP New Jersey schools are part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” non-profit network of college-preparatory, free, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. In 2002, KIPP New Jersey first opened its doors in Newark’s South Ward as a single class of 80 fifth graders and has since grown to serve over 4,500 students in grades K-12 in Newark and Camden. More than 92% of KIPP New Jersey students currently qualify for free or reduced meals. In the next few years, KIPP New Jersey will have fifteen schools in Newark and ten in Camden. By offering highly effective educators with strong bonds to families, more time in school learning, services that support a variety of student needs, and a culture focused on achievement, our students are on the path to and through college proving that demographics don’t define destiny.

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To create a network of schools in Camden and Newark, NJ, that instill in their students the desire and ability to succeed in college, in order to change the world. Like all KIPP schools, we evaluate ourselves against six essential questions to ensure we're supporting kids for college and in life beyond. A school with great test scores but high student attrition, for instance, would not be fulfilling our mission.

Are We Serving the Students Who Need Us Most?

KIPP NJ schools are serving comparable or greater numbers of students who qualify for free lunch, have special needs or come from African American or Latino demographics than the Newark and Camden school districts.

Are Our Alumni Climbing the Mountain To and Through College?

73% of our 8th graders go on to college. 49% of our founding class of 2010 graduated or is persisting toward graduation within 6 years.

Are Students Progressing and Achieving Academically?

Our elementary students typically finish elementary school around the 70th percentile in math nationally and the 60th percentile in reading after starting closer to the 25th percentile. They also start fifth grade well ahead of other fifth graders in Newark.

Are Our Students Staying With Us?

Only 9 percent of our students leave from year to year, mostly moving out of the district or state.

Are We Building a Sustainable People Model?

84% of our teachers stay with us year-to-year. 46% of our staff grew into leadership roles.

Are We Building a Sustainable Financial Model?

By 2019, KIPP NJ will break even on public funding.


High Expectations

KIPP schools have clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests. 

Strength of Character

Success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice with power and to improve the world around them.

Safe, Structured and Nurturing Environments

Students need physical and emotional safety to take risks and learn from their successes and mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize learning.

Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

Great schools require great teachers and school leaders, and of course, great students. At KIPP New Jersey, we empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in ongoing training to help them grow as professionals.

KIPP Through College

Our counselors and advisors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career for their needs. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate college's social, academic and financial challenges.


KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Our public charter schools are given more academic and budgetary flexibility than traditional public schools, and in exchange commit to deliver high-quality academic results for students.

There are 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating more than 80,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.