KIPP St. Louis
KIPP St. Louis is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. In 2009, KIPP St. Louis opened its first school, KIPP Inspire Academy (KIA), with the support of Washington University in St. Louis. Today, KIA has grown from a single class of 80 fifth graders to full capacity of 330 students in grades five through eight. KIPP St. Louis plans to open its second charter school in 2014; the region will eventually comprise five schools.
KIPP St. Louis serves students from every zip code in the city, but aims to bring the opportunity for quality education to those students living in areas without access to high-performing schools. Ninety-eight percent of our students are African-American, 89 percent qualify for free and reduced-price meals, and 12 percent qualify for special education services.