What Is KIPP?

KIPP San Antonio is part of the national KIPP network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP is a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. Everyone at KIPP is united around the same goal: college graduation.

About KIPP

KIPP began in Houston, Texas, in 1994 with a powerful idea: create a classroom that helps 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. In 1995, they opened two KIPP middle schools, one in Houston and one in New York City. By 1999, the original KIPP charter schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.

In 2000, KIPP formed a partnership with Doris and Don Fisher (founders of The Gap) to recruit, train, and support founding KIPP school leaders through the KIPP Fisher Fellowship Program.

There are currently 162 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 58,000 students. KIPP also has more than 60 partnerships with colleges and universities across the country.

Why It Matters

Every day, KIPP students are proving that demographics and zip codes do not determine destiny. Nationwide, more than 88 percent of KIPP students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are Latino or African American. Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background. Nationally, more than 93 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 82 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.