Who We Are: 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. Nationally, there are 224 KIPP schools serving nearly 100,000 students and the more than 12,000 KIPP alumni are graduating from college at 3X the rate of their peers. Founded in 2008 with 50 students in the 5th grade, KIPP Columbus currently serves 1,700 students from 6 weeks old to 11th grade, with the goal of serving 2,000 students (6 weeks-12th grade) by 2020. The
KIPP Columbus mission is to create and sustain the highest quality school system for the children most underserved in Columbus. KIPP has maintained excellence in its growth and will improve upon that standard, proving what is possible in public education.
What We Do: KIPP Columbus offers a transformational education to students in Columbus. We promise our KIPPsters and their families that we will do whatever it takes to get them to and through college. By establishing high expectations, collaborating and fostering character development in a nurturing and safe environment, we empower students with knowledge, skills and character necessary for success in college and life. As we continue to expand the number of students we serve, our focus remains singular: the children and families in our community deserve access to quality education. We are committed to being part of the solution and we have a great responsibility to deliver on the promises we have made.
Why We're Important: Nationally, our KIPPsters are graduation from college at 3X the rate of their peers, and locally, KIPP Columbus had the highest amount of student academic growth of any urban school in Ohio, as measured by the 16-17 State Report Card. At KIPP Columbus, we are committed to enabling our students to live choice-filled lives. Our KIPPsters, who often come to us drastically behind in reading, math and other grade-level skills, make significant and impactful growth in their academic achievement. Because of this robust learning, our KIPPsters are able to navigate their way throughout their K-12 education and nearly 100% of KIPP Columbus Alumni are persisting in high school and college.
How We Impact the Community: All students at KIPP Columbus receive free breakfast and lunch, with additional snacks and meals provided for students participating in afterschool programs. Our schools offer innovative programs, thanks to partnerships with several community organizations. Most recently, KIPP Columbus has broken ground on a athletics and wellness complex that will serve not only our KIPPsters but also the broader community with local partnerships already identified for this space. KIPP Columbus alumni receive continuing support from our school, with assistance in the college application process, understanding financial aid and preparing for collegiate life.
How You Can Help: Supporting our KIPPsters will have a significant impact on the trajectory of their lives. There are a variety of ways in which you can be involved in advancing their success, including funding school supplies, uniform and additional clothing purchases, technology support, field lessons and activities, athletic programming, college access programming and more. Additionally, KIPP Columbus seeks partners for volunteering in a variety of ways on our campus, including reading programs, tutoring services, and mentorship opportunities.
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Executive Director: Hannah D. Powell
Board Chair: Judge Algenon L. Marbley