KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. There are over 150 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 60,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are enrolling in college at a rate of more than 85 percent, doubling the rate of community averages, and graduating at four times the national average for low-income students.
Founded in 2008 with 50 students in 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently serves over 600 students in grades K-1 and 5-8 at a new campus built on the grounds of a former golf course in Northeast Columbus. By 2020, KIPP Columbus will serve nearly 2,000 students in grades K-12 and an expanded pre-school program. In 2013, KIPP Columbus ranked in the top five of ALL Ohio charter schools for student growth on state assessments and 3rd among schools of any type in Franklin County.
KIPP Columbus will create a system of schools where students develop the intellectual, academic, and social skills needed to understand and take action on issues they encounter in everyday life. By establishing a rigorous, safe, and personalized learning environment, KIPP Columbus will foster a culture of responsibility and service and empower all students to become active and engaged citizens.