About KIPP

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 32,000 students. KIPP students are enrolling into college at a rate of more than 85 percent, which is double the rate of community averages. Our vision is that, one day, all public schools will help children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.

KIPP Origins

KIPP began in 1994 when two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth-grade public school program in inner-city Houston, TX, after completing their commitment to Teach For America. In 1995, Feinberg remained in Houston to lead KIPP Academy Middle School, and Levin returned home to New York City to establish KIPP Academy in the South Bronx. These two original KIPP Academies became the starting place for a growing network of schools that are transforming the lives of students in underserved communities and redefining the notion of what is possible in public education.

KIPP Foundation

In 2000, Doris and Don Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., formed a partnership with Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin to replicate the success of the original KIPP Academies, establishing the KIPP Foundation. Since its founding, the KIPP Foundation has recruited, selected and trained more than 100 outstanding school leaders to open new KIPP schools; rigorously focused on quality even as the network rapidly expanded; and supported innovation that has leveraged the growing scale of the network. The Foundation has facilitated this growth through a range of customized services including support with real estate, legal needs, technology, finance, corporate governance, operations, communications, marketing and development.

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