With more than 250 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 15 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. Most 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.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is simple. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose —college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. Ultimately, our vision is that every child will grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.
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, KIPP Tulsa College Prep Middle School students 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, including our own KIPP Tulsa University Prep High School. We nurture their innate ability and curiosity by providing innovative classroom experiences that include:
- Longer school days and years
- Reinforcement to encourage retention and acculturation, such as providing summer and after school supports
- 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 transportation provided, getting to and from school is easy.