At KIPP, we are on a mission to improve the state of education in this country. Along the way, are deliberately setting and resetting our goals and priorities based on what we learn. Below are the five national imperatives that will direct KIPP's work from academic years 2011-12 through 2015-16.
As the number of KIPP alumni in college dramatically increases over the next five years, we are reaffirming that our mission is to help students "succeed in college and the competitive world beyond." KIPP will not only continue to improve the rigor of our programs to ensure that our students are ready for college, but also to identify strategies that increase the odds that KIPP alumni will graduate from college.
In the 2010-11 school year, there were 99 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia and yet we have not even come close to meeting the need for high performing schools in the communities we serve. From now until 2015, we expect to double the number of students we serve, and will prioritize supporting excellence in our existing schools, opening new schools only in our existing regions.
KIPP has been built on great talent and leadership and we are committed to continuing this focus. As our expansion creates an increased demand for outstanding teachers, leaders and staff, we will develop best-in-class talent practices in order to attract, develop and retain diverse talent at all levels to ensure the ongoing sustainability and excellence of KIPP schools.
We will learn from within the KIPP network by continuing to cultivate, highlight and share the grassroots innovation that is taking place in KIPP communities across the country. We are open to strategically partnering with others who want to bring their ideas to life and we are looking outward to identify and leverage best practices developed in other organizations.
We will continue to leverage public and government relations to support advocacy work at the national, state and city levels. KIPP will also partner with other advocates who can take the lead in protecting the interests of our schools and the children we serve.