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We have never been more optimistic about our future. We recognize there is more work to be done, but KIPP’s progress to date has clearly demonstrated what is possible.

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.

KIPP’s Origins

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 Network

KIPP Jacksonville Schools is part of a nationwide network of non-profit, of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. The KIPP network has a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

There are 209 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating 88,000 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.

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