About KIPP Through College

Climbing the mountain to and through college.

Mission & Goals

KIPP Through College (KTC) is part of the broader KIPP approach that empowers KIPPsters and their families with the knowledge, resources, and support to climb the mountain to and through college. KIPP Colorado's KTC advisors do whatever it takes to support students and families as they navigate getting ready for, getting accepted to, and getting through college.

KTC makes a commitment to any student who completes eighth grade at KIPP to support them through their time in college (whether or not that student attends a KIPP high school). KTC staff work with students and families early on to identify and apply to colleges that are a good match, and help bridge the transition from high school to college. Once a student is in college, KTC supports student persistence by helping students integrate socially and academically during college, and understand and navigate the financial hurdles that they may face on the path to graduation. Additionally, a growing number of KTC programs offer a set of career services and supports to ensure we deliver on the promises we make to our students—that they will be prepared for the competitive world.


College visit to University of Colorado Boulder

High school students on a college tour of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Ileana began attending KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy as a fifth grader and graduated from KIPP Denver Collegiate High School in 2013. She attends Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Students Served by KIPP Through College

In 2014-15, KIPP Colorado's KTC team served 1,035 students and alumni. We expect that number to double by 2019 as KIPP Colorado adds new schools and these schools grow to full capacity.

Why College?

The future of our country depends on our collective commitment to provide all children with access to a great education. In particular, there is a level of urgency when we consider the challenges faced by the one in five children living in poverty in America (U.S. Census Bureau). In the broader communities of which we are a part, approximately 1 in 10 students earn a college degree. This is compared to more affluent communities, where students are seven times more likely to graduate from college. We believe this is unjust and unacceptable, and most importantly, can be changed.

According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, workers with a college degree take home an average of 66 percent more than those with only a high school diploma. Educated people, families, and communities enjoy lower crime rates, more stable employment, higher home values, better health and access to health benefits, greater ability to build successful relationships and cultivate effective parenting skills, and higher social and environmental awareness. We believe that the opportunity to earn a college degree should be available to all students—regardless of demographics.