A favorite of Red Room author Po Bronson.
Name of founders: Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin
Year founded: 2000
Mission: KIPP,the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States.
- Fifty-seven free, open-enrollment schools
- Ninety percent of students are African American or Hispanic/Latino.
- Eighty percent of students are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meals program.
- Eighty percent college matriculation rate (contrasted with one in five low-income students nationwide who go on to college)
Profile: The KIPP Foundation focuses its efforts on recruiting, training, and supporting outstanding teachers to open new, locally run KIPP schools in high-need communities. The majority of KIPP schools, forty-eight of fifty-seven, are middle schools designed to serve fifth- through eighth-grade students. The remaining nine schools are five high schools, three prekindergarten/elementary schools, and one prekindergarten- through eighth-grade school. Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background.
To find out about teaching opportunities or volunteer your time, make a donation, or become further involved, please visit KIPP Schools' Support page.
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room
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