Our Approach

All KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars. As our network has grown, and leaders across the country have committed to building high-quality schools, we have reflected on what it takes to build a system of high-performing schools. 


A Belief in All Students

Our work at KIPP is built on the most basic of beliefs: that all students will learn and achieve.

Meet our students >>

College Graduation as the Goal

Grounded in this belief, teachers, leaders, and staff at KIPP are united around a shared end goal: to prepare KIPP students to succeed in college and lead choice filled lives.

KIPP Through College programs >>

Academics and Character

In order to truly prepare students for college, we must create classrooms and schools that not only deliver rigorous academics but also help students develop their character.

KIPP's approach to character >>

Visionary Leadership

Outstanding schools—those that offer rigorous academics and character development—are built, led, and sustained by empowered leaders.

School leadership at KIPP >>

Excellent Teachers

Supported by a great leader, it is the teacher in the classroom who helps students develop the character, knowledge, habits of mind, and skills needed to be successful in college and the competitive world.

KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching >>

Striking the Balance

The path to success starts with a fundamental conviction that empowered leaders and teachers are best positioned to make the decisions that impact students. This belief is balanced with the idea that leveraging the knowledge and resources of a broader system also helps everyone succeed.

Empowering leaders and leveraging scale >> 

Culture of Continuous Learning

In an environment where leaders and teachers are empowered to make decisions, a culture of innovation is fostered. By measuring what matters and having a mind-set of continuous learning, those innovations having the greatest impact on students can be surfaced and widely disseminated for the benefit of all.

Sharing and collaboration at KIPP >>
School-wide innovations >>

KIPP is committed to equal treatment for all individuals. KIPP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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