National KIPP Network

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Our National Network

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is part of a nationwide network of non-profit, public charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a 20-year track record of preparing our students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

There are nearly 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 80,000 students on their journey to and through college. We believe that excellent academics, safe and structured schools, empowered teachers, an emphasis on character development, and support through college are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide this for every student.





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KIPP’s first class: Houston, 1994
KIPP’s first class: Houston, 1994

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

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