National KIPP Network

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Our National Network

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools is part of a national network of public charter schools that has a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

There are 209 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating 88,000 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 that will help all students reach their full potential.





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

KIPP’s National History

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. The following year, Mike and Dave opened two KIPP middle schools, 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 and Dave to replicate the schools’ success through the nonprofit KIPP Foundation. The KIPP Foundation focuses on recruiting, training, and supporting outstanding leaders to run KIPP schools in educationally underserved communities in 31 regions across the country. Each KIPP region – including KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools – is an independent nonprofit organization with its own leadership and board of directors. For more information about the national KIPP Foundation, visit


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