Alumni in College
KIPP’s National Network
In 1994, the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) began with a powerful idea: to help children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities. Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin started KIPP in a Houston district classroom with 47 fifth-graders. As teachers in Houston’s Third Ward, Mike and Dave saw the need for high-quality college-preparatory instruction, and developed the KIPP model to help meet that need. The following year, Mike and Dave opened two KIPP middle schools serving grades 5-8, one in Houston and one in New York City. By 1999, these original KIPP public charter schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.
In 2000, Doris and Don Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., formed a unique partnership with Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, the founders of the original KIPP academies, to replicate the schools’ success through the non-profit KIPP Foundation. The KIPP Foundation focuses its efforts on recruiting, training, and supporting outstanding leaders to open new, locally run KIPP schools in educationally underserved communities. As KIPP opened new schools in more cities, expanding from middle schools to elementary and high schools, our network began helping transform futures for thousands of children and families in underserved communities. The KIPP Foundation does not manage KIPP schools, but is responsible for supporting and monitoring school quality across the network. For more information, visit www.kipp.org.