KIPP Across the Nation

The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) was founded in 1994 by two teachers who believed that all children have the capacity to learn and succeed. With a united purpose, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin created the kind of classroom that could help children “develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits necessary to succeed in colleg­e and build a better tomorrow for their communities.” They opened two schools serving low-income neighborhoods, embracing students who were underperforming academically. They demanded academic rigor, a commitment to integrity, and strength of character. In less than five years, those schools were among the highest performing in their communities.

Today, KIPP educates approximately 80,000 students in over 200 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background. More than 86 percent of KIPP students nationally are eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meal program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have pursued a college education.

KIPP Across the Nation

The KIPP Foundation

In 2000, Doris and Donald Fisher, in partnership with Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, created the KIPP Foundation to grow the KIPP network by recruiting and training outstanding school leaders to open and operate KIPP schools. The KIPP Foundation, through its KIPP School Leadership Programs (KSLP), has trained more than 250 KIPP school leaders to open and/or operate locally-managed and locally-governed KIPP schools. Over time, KSLP has evolved to offer additional leadership development programs for those transitioning into other leadership roles within their school or regional network, such as: Grade Level Chair, Dean, Assistant Principal, Successor School Leader, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Director.

In addition to offering robust professional development for leaders, the KIPP Foundation is responsible for defining and evaluating school and regional performance, assessing the readiness of KIPP regions to expand, and facilitating the exchange of data and effective practices across the KIPP network.