KIPP (the Knowledge is Power Program) is a nation-wide network of college-preparatory, public charter schools. With 224 schools across the US, KIPP enrolls nearly 100,000 students in its elementary, middle, and high schools.
KIPP seeks to increase graduation rates at under-resourced schools. Over 96 percent of its students are African American or Hispanic, and 87 percent are eligible for the federally subsidized meals. To maximize achievement levels, the program emphasizes providing campuses that are emotionally and physically safe for students. Additionally, KIPP schools have longer days, to enable students to catch up to their peers at higher performing schools and participate in extracurricular activities.
HSF coordinates with KIPP Schools to recruit student participants for College Camp programs in key markets. HSF’s College Camp is a free, bilingual, half-day, college preparation workshop held in various cities across the country, designed to help middle and high school students and their parents prepare, plan, and pay for college.
KIPP also shares HSF’s goal of advancing higher education and career opportunities. KIPP alumni coaches and counselors guide the program’s graduates on their path through college and into their chosen fields. Additionally, KIPP partners with more than 90 US colleges and universities to support first-generation students in completing an undergraduate degree.