Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)

The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. 

The KIPP model emphasizes outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support to help students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college.

One of the most visible differences in the KIPP schools, when compared with public schools, is the actual time students spend in school. 

KIPP students are in school learning 60 percent more than average public school students, typically from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, every other Saturday, and for three weeks during the summer. The school year also includes enrichment offerings such as tennis, martial arts, and pottery. In spite of the long hours, average daily attendance at KIPP schools is 96 percent.

With Kauffman Foundation support, Kansas City's first KIPP free charter school opened its doors to students on July 9, 2007. KIPP Endeavor Academy (KEA) is a college preparatory school whose mission is to serve students in under-resourced communities and get them on the path to college. The school will ultimately serve up to 360 students in grades five through eight.

KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) has proven students can be successful if they are provided with outstanding educators, longer learning periods, rigorous curriculums, high expectations for achievement, and strong support. 

Nationally, after four years at KIPP, 100 percent of KIPP eighth grade classes outperformed their district averages in both mathematics and reading/English language arts, based on state tests. More than 85 percent of KIPP students from the original two KIPP Academies are matriculating to college, compared to the 20 percent of low income students who go to college nationwide.

There are currently 141 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 50,000 students. For more information on KIPP, visit www.kipp.org.