The two founders of KIPP, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin are driven by their passion to improve the education system for children from financially underprivileged backgrounds. In 1994, they had started KIPP in a high school classroom in Boston. In 2000, the foundation was set up and the elementary and senior high school was established in 2004.
KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars, namely High Expectations, Choice and Commitment (from parents, students and teachers), More Time (through longer school hours), Power to Lead and the Focus on Results.
Now there are 200 KIPP schools in twenty states in the US, including 80 elementary schools, 94 high schools and 26 senior high schools. 93% of the graduates from KIPP schools go on to college.
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