About KIPP Minnesota

KIPP Minnesota Mission

To create and sustain a respected, influential, and inspiring network of public schools that battles educational inequity by helping students develop the knowledge, skills, character strengths, and habits to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.

KIPP Minnesota History

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 (Knowledge Is Power Program, www.KIPP.org) 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 in fall 2016.

KIPP’s Beginnings

KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) was founded in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin in a classroom in Houston. It began with a powerful idea: to create a classroom that helped children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities. The following year, they opened the first two KIPP middle schools (one in Houston and one in New York City), which quickly became two of the highest-performing public charter schools in their respective communities. In 2000, Doris and Donald Fisher, co-founders of Gap, Inc., partnered with Mike and Dave to create the KIPP Foundation, to train leaders and replicate the success of the original KIPP middle schools.

KIPP Across the Nation

There are currently 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving nearly 80,000 students. More than 88 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 96 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 94 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 81 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.

KIPP schools enroll all interested students, space permitting, regardless of prior academic record, conduct or socioeconomic background. By providing a safe and structured learning environment, more time in school, and passionate, committed teachers, KIPP schools have helped students make significant academic gains. See our latest results in our annual KIPP Report Card.