KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, founded by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin in 1994, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 32,000 students.
KIPP builds a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, more time in school learning, and a strong culture of achievement, KIPP is helping all students climb the mountain to and through college. Every day, KIPP students across the nation are proving that demographics do not define destiny. Over 80 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have gone on to college-preparatory high schools, and over 85 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college. There are 61 KIPP middle schools (grades 5-8), 30 elementary schools (grades Pre-K-4), and 18 high schools (grades 9-12). Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background. KIPP Reach College Preparatory, a part of the national KIPP network, was founded in 2002 in northeast Oklahoma City by Tracy McDaniel. KIPP Reach is a public charter school serving students in grades five through eight. By providing parents and students a school of choice as an alternative to many of the low performing neighborhood schools in northeast Oklahoma City, KIPP Reach has demonstrated a great deal of success in turning around the academic achievement of the students it serves and has produced students who have gone on to attend and excel in college-preparatory high schools, boarding schools, and now into some of the best colleges and universities in the country. – less–ZoomInfo