In underserved communities across the country, KIPP teachers and leaders work every day to help our students achieve their dreams by preparing them for a life of choices: which college to attend, which career path to pursue, and how to use their talents to contribute to their communities and improve the world we all share.
KIPP currently serves 59,000 students in 162 schools around the country. Over 88 percent of our 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.
To learn more, view the KIPP Report Card.
At KIPP, we believe every child can and will learn when provided a high-quality education. That’s why we count success one student at a time and measure their progress all the way to and through college. Nationally, over 93 percent of those who completed eighth grade at KIPP have graduated from high school and over 82 percent have gone on to college.
As of Spring 2014, 44 percent of KIPP alumni who completed eighth grade at KIPP ten or more years ago have graduated from a four-year college. This number is drawn from two KIPP middle schools, the only schools with alumni old enough to have reached this threshold. In addition to the 44% of KIPP alumni who earned a four-year college degree, 5.5% have earned two-year degrees and 12% are still persisting toward their college degree.
KIPP’s college success rate is greater than the average U.S. college graduation rate—which according to the Pew Research Center’s 2012 analysis is one-third of adults aged 25 to 29—and is four times the national rate of students from low-income communities who earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-twenties. While KIPP students have impressive college results so far, we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of KIPP students graduating college at a rate comparable to their highest-income peers.
At KIPP, our model is not only based on rigorous academic preparation, but also on integrating character development into everyday lessons to help students prepare for the challenges of college and life. Developing character strengths like zest, grit, and optimism is a key part of KIPP’s college-preparatory approach. To learn more about our focus on college persistence, view our College Completion Report.
By choosing KIPP, students make a commitment to excellence with themselves, their parents, and their teachers. All three parties sign a learning pledge called the "Commitment to Excellence," which ensures that each will do whatever it takes to help the student learn.
In addition to the lessons students learn in the classroom, they are also learning life skills through the KIPP Through College (KTC) program. KTC counselors help to bridge students’ transition from middle to high school and also from high school to college. They help each student select a college that is a good fit, become socially and academically integrated after they enroll, and navigate the hurdles they face earning a degree.
After a long day of hard work, KIPPsters enjoy the chance to express themselves in creative ways. Music, art, sports and dance are just a few examples of the programs available in KIPP schools across the country. Many KIPP schools have activities such as basketball, track, lacrosse, step teams and chess clubs. These extracurricular opportunities work together with our academic programs to create a well-rounded experience for our students. To learn more about what it is like to be a KIPPster, visit Meet our Students.