Celebrating 20 Years of KIPP NYC

From one classroom in 1995 to 11 schools in 2015, KIPP NYC now serves 4,284 K-12 students and supports 981 high school and college-aged alumni to and through college.

Check out this slideshow to learn more about our past, our people, and our promise.

From one classroom in 1995 to 11 schools in 2015, KIPP NYC now serves 4,284 K-12 students and supports 981 high school and college-aged alumni to and through college.

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Where We Began
Where We Began

South Bronx. 1995. The need was huge. The staff was small. The hard work, humility, and grit of those founding students and staffers still inspire us today.

Video: KIPP on 60 Minutes
Video: KIPP on 60 Minutes

In 2000, 60 Minutes profiled KIPP and its co-founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin. Click the play button to watch the story.

How We've Grown
How We've Grown

Today, we’re kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond. Paola (pictured here) and her classmates are pioneering KIPPsters who will be the first to go all the way from kindergarten through high school with KIPP NYC. And it won’t end there — our KIPP Through College advisors will be beside them through their college graduation in 2026.

Video: Our Credo
Video: Our Credo

For 20 years, the KIPP Credo has guided our teachers on their way to building a better tomorrow. Click play to watch.

Video: Character
Video: Character

Since KIPP’s beginning in 1994, the development of character has been as important to us as the teaching of rigorous academic skills. Watch the video to hear KIPP NYC teachers' take on character.

Our College Promise
Our College Promise

To support our promise of getting KIPPsters to and through college we created KIPP Through College (KTC) – a privately funded program that provides continuous guidance to alumni as they transition from our classrooms towards college.

What We've Done Together
What We've Done Together

KIPPsters are 4X more likely to graduate college than their peers. The only thing that makes us even prouder is seeing them go even further in their education or to come back to work with us… or both. Emeka Kanu (KIPP Academy 2003), graduated from Trinity College, went on to teach for a KIPP school, and is now pursuing his MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School.

Video: Our Teachers
Video: Our Teachers

Grit, Energy, Joy, Professional Development, and more... Watch the video to hear KIPP NYC staff talk about what makes KIPP such a great place to work.

What Family Means To Us
What Family Means To Us

"They gave everything to my children so I decided to give it back."

- Carol Martinez, Assistant Principal, KIPP STAR Middle School

Carol Martinez was so impressed with KIPP’s support of her kids Erica and Wesley over the last 12 years, she joined the KIPP NYC team and family to help pay it forward. And her kids? They’ll both graduate college in 2015.

Video: Our Families
Video: Our Families

At KIPP, we are a team and a family. We couldn't do what we do without the amazing support and belief we get from our student's families. Watch the video to hear what our families have to say.

Video: Going To College
Video: Going To College

The KIPP NYC College Prep High School class of 2015 received 1,373 college acceptance letters. Watch to video to find out where they're going.

What's Next
What's Next

By 2019, we’ll serve 6,723 students and alumni. At the same time, we’ll keep working to reach our ultimate goal – a 75% college graduation rate – 7X higher than their peers. We know it’s the most important and the most rewarding work we can do together.

Help support our efforts for the next 20 years.