KIPP Foundation

KIPP stands for Knowledge Is Power Program. KIPP Delta is a part of the national KIPP network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

  • 200+ Schools
    in the Knowledge
    Is Power Program
  • Nearly 80,000 Students
    served in 20 states and
    the District of Columbia
  • 95+ Partnerships
    with colleges and

About KIPP

KIPP began in 1994 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. Founders Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin began by redefining what was possible for a classroom of public school students in Houston. The following year, they opened two KIPP middle schools, one in Houston and one in New York City. By 1999, these original KIPP charter schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.

In 2000, Mike and Dave formed a partnership with Doris and Donald Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., to train leaders to replicate the success of the original KIPP middle schools. As KIPP opened new schools in more cities, expanding from middle schools to elementary and high schools, our network began helping transform futures for thousands of children and families in underserved communities. Today, the KIPP network serves more than 70,000 students in 183 schools in 20 states (plus D.C.) across the country. To learn more about the KIPP Foundation, please visit

As our network grows along with the broader movement to transform children’s lives and public education, our impact also grows; thus, more students, more families, more communities, and ultimately our nation, have a brighter future ahead.

Our Approach

We believe that an excellent college-prep education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Our students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.

What Makes KIPP Different?

High Expectations

We create a culture of support and achievement and personalize learning based on a student's needs, skills, and interests. 

Focus on Character 

We believe that our students need both a strong academic foundation and well-developed character strengths to succeed in college and the world beyond. 

Highly Effective Teachers & Leaders

We empower educators to lead school teams and invest in training to help them grow as professionals.

Safe, Structured, & Nurturing Environments 

Our schools provide a safe, structured, and nurturing environment so that our students thrive and maximize their learning.

KIPP through College

Counselors support students as they prepare for college and career, and navigate social, academic, and financial challenges while in college. 

KIPP Foundation

Learn More About the Knowledge Is Power Program

KIPP Foundation
135 Main Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel 415-399-1556
Fax 415-348-0588