KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 33,000 students. About two thirds of KIPP students are African Americans.
Morehouse College and Spelman College, two historically Black educational institutions in Atlanta, have signed an agreement with KIPP schools to reserve slots for graduates of the 18 KIPP high schools across the United States. Beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, both Spelman and Morehouse will reserve 15 places in their incoming classes for KIPP graduates. The next year, 20 places at each college will be reserved for KIPP graduates.
Readers interested in learning more about the KIPP schools can download the organization’s annual progress report here.
Here is a video that discusses the KIPP program.