About the KIPP Network
KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. We have a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.
Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Our public charter schools are given more academic and budgetary flexibility than traditional public schools, and in exchange commit to deliver high-quality academic results for students.
There are 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 80,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.
KIPP began in 1994 when two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth-grade public school program in Houston, Texas, after completing their two-year commitment to Teach For America. In 1995, Feinberg remained in Houston to lead KIPP Academy Middle School, and Levin returned home to New York City to establish KIPP Academy Middle School in the South Bronx. In 2000, Mike and Dave partnered with Doris and Don Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., to replicate the success of the original KIPP academies. Together, they established the KIPP Foundation to support the creation and growth of KIPP schools nationwide.
The KIPP Foundation
The KIPP Foundation supports the KIPP network. The Foundation works to fuel the growth and impact of our schools by recruiting and training outstanding educators to open and lead new KIPP schools; providing professional development and resources to support excellent teaching; supporting college counseling to increase the number of students graduating from college; and monitoring and ensuring the quality of KIPP schools.
Part of the KIPP Foundation’s mission is to share what they are learning, improve their own practices, and advocate for a great public school system. To achieve that goal, the KIPP Foundation partners with other public schools, school districts, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and others.
To learn more about the KIPP Network, please visit www.kipp.org. Also check out these specific links: