The mission of KIPP Baltimore is to create and operate public schools in Baltimore City that lead students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and a diversity of skill levels to attend and succeed in four-year colleges.
The organization works to fulfill its mission through a rigorous program based on KIPP’s five pillars:
- High Expectations – all students are expected to achieve and ultimately matriculate to college.
- More Time on Task – all students attend school daily for at least 8 hours during the regular school year and for at least 6.5 hours for three weeks in the summer.
- Choice and Commitment – all students, parents, and staff choose the school and make a commitment to meet its high expectations.
- Power to Lead – the school has the power to staff, budget, and teach according to the students’ needs.
- Focus on Results – KIPP Baltimore measures success based on actual student achievement, and ultimately based on how many of its students graduate from college.