KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools where underserved students develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits needed to succeed in top quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond. By providing a safe and structured learning environment, more time in school, and high-quality teachers, KIPP schools have helped students make significant academic gains. There are 82 KIPP schools in 19 states and the District of Colombia that serve more than 20,000 students.
In 2003 KIPP opened two middle schools in Los Angeles that serve grades 5-8: KIPP Academy of Opportunity (KAO) and KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory School (KLAP). PCSD is developing two permanent campuses for these schools and has rehabilitated an existing school in East Los Angeles, which serves as the home of KIPP Raices [“Roots”] Academy – East Angeles’ first elementary charter school. Over the next two years, PCSD will also be developing four additional elementary and middle facilities, providing facilities solutions to all of KIPP LAs future growth.
The KIPP organization plans to open four additional schools in the Los Angeles area over the next few years. PCSD is working to provide facilities solutions for all KIPP schools, both existing and future.