Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Network

KIPP began in 1994 with a powerful idea: to create a classroom that helped children develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits necessary to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities. Founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin began by redefining what was possible for a classroom of public school students in Houston. The following year, they opened two KIPP middle schools, one in Houston and one in New York City. By 1999, these original KIPP public charter schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.

In 1999, Don and Doris Fisher, founders of The Gap, gave their support to replicate KIPP in other communities. As KIPP opened new schools in more cities, expanding from middle schools to elementary and high schools, our network began helping transform futures of thousands of children and families in underserved communities.

There are currently 183 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 70,000 students. Nationally, more than 94 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 82 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.

KIPP schools are public charter schools that operate in accordance with a license agreement with the KIPP Foundation. Day-to-day operations are managed by KIPP local charter management organizations that hold the charters.

For more information about the national KIPP network, visit