BOX 3-2Knowledge Is Power (KIPP) Program

KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 66 KIPP schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 21,000 students, 90 percent of whom are Hispanic or African American.

KIPP began in 1994 when two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a 5th grade public school program in inner-city Houston, after completing their 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 in the South Bronx. These two academies became the starting point for a growing network of schools that are transforming the lives of students in educationally underserved communities and are redefining the notion of what is possible in public education.

The majority of KIPP schools are middle schools, although the program is expanding to a Pre-K through 12 model. The KIPP middle school model has a proven track record of increasing student achievement, as measured by both national norm-referenced and state criterion-referenced exams. All KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars: High Expectations, Choice & Commitment, More Time, Power to Lead, and Focus on Results. Eighty-five percent of the students matriculate to college.


From: 3, Preparation

Cover of Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation.
National Academy of Sciences (US), National Academy of Engineering (US), and Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011.
Copyright © 2011, National Academy of Sciences.

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