The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 39,000 students. With a college matriculation rate twice the average in low-income communities, there are currently over 1,800 KIPP alumni in college. Founded in 2003, KIPP DFW TRUTH Academy in southern Dallas, became the first school in the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth region.
KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all students climb the mountain to and through college. KIPP’s groundbreaking work has been profiled in New York Times Bestsellers, Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America, and Outliers: The Story of Success. KIPP was also featured in the 2010 documentary, Waiting for Superman.
Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demographics do not define destiny. Ninety-two percent of our students are from low-income families and are eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program. Our student population is 59% Hispanic and 41% African American. Nationally, more than 85 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.
Learn how Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin started the KIPP movement in 1994. Watch the video.