KIPP schools are public, tuition free, and open enrollment schools in underserved and under resourced communities committed to preparing our students for success in college and in life. Over 95% of our students are African-American or Latino and 85% of our families qualify for the federally funded meal programs. We currently have 52 schools in 16 states and the District of Columbia serving almost 12,000 students.
To create a respected, influential, national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communitites develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.
The KIPP Foundation achieves its mission by recruiting, training, and supporting entrepreneurial educators to start and lead new KIPP schools in underserved communities around the country. Our school leaders participate in a yearlong curriculum of classroom instruction through the KIPP School Leadership Institute at Stanford University and residencies at exemplary schools with the guidance of KIPP school leaders.
Our schools share a set of core operating principles which lay the foundation for students to perform at the highest academic levels: High Expectations, Choice & Commitment, More Time, Power to Lead, and Focus on Results. We are committed to helping our students climb the mountain to college.
KIPP is demonstrating that the achievement gap can be closed. The average 5th grader enters KIPP in the bottom third of test takers nationwide (285h percentile), the average KIPP 8th grader outperforms nearly three out of four test takers nationwide (74th percentile). 79% of KIPP alumni who were high school seniors in 2006 earned acceptances to college. The college matriculation rate of low-income students is 20%.