KIPP NYC is a network of free, open-enrollment public charter schools preparing students for success in college and in life.

The KIPP Promise

In 1995 we started our first middle school, KIPP Academy, in the south Bronx. We set a goal to graduate students with the strength of character and academic abilities needed to succeed in life – and in so doing, to prove what is possible in urban schools. We promised to do whatever was necessary to help our students succeed, and we asked them, and their families, to make the same commitment.

More than 20 years later, KIPP NYC is still making and keeping those promises to our current roster of students. Across 11 schools we serve 5,022 KIPPsters — roughly 90% are from low-income families and 95% are African American or Latino: All of them are selected by an open and random lottery. Learn more about our enrollment process.


In the last seven years, we’ve embarked on a major expansion to create a powerful kindergarten-through-college continuum of services. In 2009, we opened the KIPP NYC College Prep High School to serve the students who graduate from our middle schools and to ensure they attain the highest levels of college readiness. Each of our five middle schools have an elementary program, bringing KIPP inspiration, dedication, and preparation to our students’ first years in school.

A History of Progress

We are relentlessly focused on results – academic gains, character development, and the outcomes that ultimately matter most for our students: graduating from high school and college, embarking on a career, and becoming self-sufficient and happy.

95% of KIPP NYC alumni have graduated high school, nearly 2x the rate of minority students in NYC.

86% of our students have matriculated to college, nearly 2x the rate of low-income students nationally.

42% of KIPP NYC alumni have earned a B.A. degree, compared to 10% of low-income students nationally.

What Guides Us

KIPP NYC’s success is rooted in a few core principles that guide everything we do:


High Expectations

We create a culture of support and achievement and personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.


Focus On Character

We believe that our students need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to succeed in college and the world beyond.


Highly Effective Teachers and Leaders

We empower educators to lead school teams and invest in training to help them grow as professionals.


Safe, Structured, & Nurturing Environments

Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment so that our students thrive and maximize their learning.


KIPP Through College

A dedicated KIPP Through College team supports our students as they prepare for college and career, and navigate social, academic, and financial challenges while in college.