KIPP, which stands for “Knowledge is Power Program,” began in 1994 when teachers Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg completed their Teach For America commitment and launched a program for fifth graders in a public school in inner-city Houston, Texas. KIPP has grown to a national network of 45 public schools in fifteen states and the District of Columbia, with 480 teachers serving over 8900 students. KIPP schools have been widely recognized for narrowing the achievement gap in public education, and putting underserved students on the path to college. Ninety percent of KIPP alumni from Houston and New York who were high school seniors this year earned acceptances to college. KIPP alumni have earned over $21 million in scholarships for college-preparatory high schools and are continuing to excel in four-year colleges and universities.
KIPP Northeast is a KIPP campus located in northeast Houston, Texas currently made up of KIPP Polaris Academy for Boys and KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls, the first single-gendered schools within the KIPP network.
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