KIPP, or the Knowledge is Power Program, has prepared hundreds of students in underserved communities for success in college and life. Through a network of free, open enrollment, college-preparatory public schools, it has continued to help students build the skills needed to make it to college and graduation.
Founded in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, it was formed to create a classroom that helped children develop knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to succeed in college. The first two KIPP middle schools were opened in 1995 in Houston and New York City. By 1999, the KIPP schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.
There are currently 141 KIPP schools in 20 states serving 50,000 students. These include middle schools, elementary schools, and 20 high schools. Students are accepted regardless of academic record, previous conduct, or their socioeconomic background.
The goal of college graduation is what teachers, leaders, students, and parents are united around. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP has helped many students reach this goal.
It’s organized by schools in regions that are supported by a central office, governed by a common local board, and are led by a local executive director or superintendent. Each school in a region can share education practices and materials, which aids in innovation in the classroom.
Doris and Don Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., founded the KIPP Foundation in 2000 with Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin. The KIPP Foundation has trained more than 250 school leaders to open or operate locally managed schools through the KIPP School Leadership Programs. The KSLP also offers additional leadership development programs as well as defining and evaluating school and regional performance of the foundation’s schools.
More information can be found about KIPP at their website here. Teaching positions are open year-round and can be found at their job listings.