The KIPP Story

KIPP, or the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools in underserved communities across the US.

KIPP began in 1994 with a powerful idea; to create a classroom that helped children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities.  Founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin began by redefining what was possible for a classroom of public schools students in Houston.  The following year they opened two KIPP middle schools, one in Houston and one in New York City.  By 1999, these original KIPP charter schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.  Today there are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 39,000 students.

Every day, KIPP students across the nation prove that demographics do not define destiny.  More than 87% of KIPP students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino.  Nationally, more than 90% of KIPP middle school students have graduated from high school, and more than 80% of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.