With more than 224 schools nationwide, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) began in 1994 with a simple yet powerful concept: to help kids from educationally underserved communities develop the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in college and beyond.
For over 12 years, our teammates at KIPP Tulsa have dedicated themselves to this very mission. As Tulsa’s original public charter school, we’ve accomplished things no other public or private school has been able to achieve. Many of our faculty and staff members grew up in the area, allowing us to keep a special connection to our local neighborhoods while bringing a unique, worldly perspective to our students. Our main focus is to provide Tulsa KIPPsters with the necessary knowledge, character and resilience to lead rewarding lives filled with opportunities.
The KIPP Tulsa Formula
At KIPP Tulsa, we’ve accomplished amazing things with the simple belief that every child has the potential to learn. On average, we grow 1.4 years in math and 1.6 years in reading every year. Eighty-eight percent of the students go on to attend competitive college preparatory and career magnet high schools. We nurture their innate ability and curiosity by providing innovative classroom experiences that include:
- Longer school days where, once or twice a month, classes are held on a Saturday.
- Reinforcement to encourage retention and acculturation, such as providing
4 weeks of summer school.
- Empowerment to school leaders to do what’s best – including choosing staff, adjusting curriculum and extending classroom hours.
- A data-driven culture that tracks progress and adjusts accordingly with what works and what needs improvement.
Our tuition-free, open enrollment policy means attendance is accessible to any student living in our area. The Tulsa population helps create a unique, diverse student body that feels comfortable, supported and poised for educational growth. And with available transportation, getting to and from school is easy.