ABOUT KIPP NYC

With a focus on character and academics, our free public charter schools prepare students for success in college and opportunity in life.
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KEEPING OUR PROMISE SINCE 1995

At KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) we believe in the creation of inspired lives. As part of a national network of 200+ KIPP schools, KIPP NYC schools promise every student the opportunity for a choice-filled life.

When we began in one classroom in 1995 in the South Bronx, we promised our first kids and families we’d do whatever it took to teach the character and academic skills needed to succeed. Today, we make the same sacred promise to 6,388 students and alumni on their way to and through college. Keeping good on our promise year in and year out has helped KIPP alumni graduate college at nearly 5X the rate of their peers.

KIPP'S FIVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1: HIGH EXPECTATIONS

No two students are alike, but every child can learn. That's why we raise the bar for our students and our teachers. Students excel when they believe that they are capable of remarkable growth and when our team strives to find ways to reach each child.
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2: FOCUS ON CHARACTER

Research shows that success in school and in life depends as much on character as it does academics. That’s why each school day, we focus on helping students develop character strengths like curiosity, optimism, gratitude, zest, and social intelligence.
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3: HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS AND LEADERS

Children deserve great schools, and great schools require great, well-trained teachers and proven school leaders. We empower our educators to lead and we continually invest in training to help them grow into master teachers.
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4: SAFE, STRUCTURED, NURTURING ENVIRONMENTS

Safe schools give students the space to take risks and learn from their triumphs and their mistakes. Our safe, structured, and nurturing environments minimize distractions and offer more time for academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.
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5: KIPP THROUGH COLLEGE

We stay with our kids from kindergarten through college graduation. KIPP counselors support students as they prepare for and select the right colleges and careers paths. After high school, advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or while pursuing a career.
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