Our mission is to establish and operate high performing public schools in the Twin Cities that confront educational inequity by delivering academic excellence and cultivating leadership skills to ensure all students succeed in college and life.
KIPP Minnesota was founded in 2006 to address the racial and economic achievement gaps in Twin Cities’ public schools. A broad coalition of local business and philanthropic leaders brought the highly regarded KIPP charter school model here to create a new public school solution to launch students from low-income communities toward success and self-sufficiency.
KIPP Minnesota’s first school, KIPP North Star Academy (formerly KIPP Stand Academy), opened in 2008 in downtown Minneapolis. In the summer of 2014 we moved into a vacant Minneapolis public school building on the far north side to allow expansion of our middle school and the addition of an elementary school which launched in fall 2016. In January 2019, the KIPP Minnesota board of directors approved the opening of their second middle school which is set to open in August 2019 and will welcome 84 sixth grade scholars, growing to 680 scholars over the next seven years in grades K-8.
KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. KIPP schools are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools and enrollment is open to all students. They are independently operated schools that run with more flexibility than traditional public schools in exchange for increased accountability.
THE KIPP MINNESOTA DIFFERENCE
We set clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct in order to create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support. We know that every student is different and we personalize learning based on a student’s needs, skills, and interests.
SAFE, STRUCTURED + NURTURING ENVIRONMENTS:
Students need physical and emotional safety in order to take risks and learn from their successes and their mistakes. Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment with minimal distractions and more time for both academics and extracurriculars, so our students love school and maximize their learning.
STRENGTH OF CHARACTER:
Success in life depends on both academics and character. We help students foster character strengths that are essential for their own success and well-being. And we empower them to express their voice with power and to improve the world around them.
HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS + LEADERS:
Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead school teams, and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals.
KIPP THROUGH COLLEGE:
Our counselors and advisers support students as they prepare for and select the right college for their needs and interests. After high school, we help KIPP alumni navigate the social, academic, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college. Learn more about KIPP Through College.
What is a Charter School?
The “charter” that establishes each school is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program, performance goals, and methods of assessment. Every public charter school has an authorizer which, subject to state law, may be a district school board, university, Mayor’s office, or non-profit organization. Authorizers are responsible for holding charter schools accountable for compliance with their operating agreements or “charters.”
Like all public schools, charter schools are:
Tuition-free and part of the free public school system
Held to state and federal academic standards
Open to all students, including those with disabilities
Funded primarily through a combination of federal, state, and local tax dollars
Not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group
All KIPP schools are public charter schools. And yet, not all public charter schools are like KIPP. KIPP is a non-profit network of 224 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.