"The KIPP schools are the most striking example of a movement that is improving education across America: the rise of 'charter' schools."

- The Economist, July 2009

  • 95%

    African-American and Latino
  • 86%

    qualify for free / reduced meals
  • 4x

    Graduation rate compared to non-KIPP students of similar demographics

89 schools, 31 cities.

About KIPP

Who We Are

There are currently 141 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 50,000 students. More than 86 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.

There are 74 KIPP middle schools (grades 5-8), 47 elementary schools (grades Pre-K-4), and 20 high schools (grades 9-12). Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background.

KIPP's Five Pillars

KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:

  • High Expectations

    KIPP has clear, measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, staff and families build a strong culture of achievement.

  • Choice & Commitment

    Students, parents and teachers all commit to a college-prep education. Everyone makes a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.

  • More Time

    With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.

  • Power to Lead

    Great schools start with great educators. KIPP school leaders have control over their school budget and personnel allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.

  • Focus on Results

    KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation's best high schools and colleges.