KIPP Through College

At most schools, the final goal is simply getting kids to graduate. More ambitious schools might set their sights on sending those graduates to college. But at KIPP Public Charter Schools, the goal is to see their alumni through all the way to college graduation.

Back in 1998, the KIPP network of schools created KIPP To College to help students and their families prepare for life after high school. The effort was successful, but it soon became clear that many low-income and first-generation students struggled to finish college. So in 2008, the program was renamed KIPP Through College to emphasize completion rather than just matriculation.

Posted Dec. 2, 2020

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To truly embody what it means to be a KIPP alum, I believe you must fight to amplify the voices in our communities. That’s why,…

By Cameron Franklin

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Posted July 22, 2020

Here’s Why ‘Work Hard, Be Nice’ Isn’t Enough

I am a KIPP alumnus, former teacher, a life-long KIPPster and I am in full support of KIPP’s decision to change their motto, “Work hard. Be nice.” …

By Nathan D. Woods

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Posted May 2, 2018

At KIPP Jacksonville, #CollegeSigningDay Starts in Fifth Grade

One by one, 34 high school seniors walked across the stage set up in the gymnasium at KIPP Jacksonville’s campus. Whoops, screams and vigorous applause…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 3, 2017

See Where Tuition-Free College Is Removing Barriers for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

If you have to worry about tuition, it’s just about the only thing you worry about. You’ll recognize the following thoughts: Do I really need…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 5, 2017

My Mom (and KIPP) Don’t Just Hope for Me to Go to College, They Expect It

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she expects it, especially since my older sister graduated from college and is now in grad school. I’m going to be the second person in my family to graduate from college.…

By Fernando Barrientos

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Posted May 3, 2017

I Started a Business to Get an Xbox But Then I Made a Phone Call That Changed Everything

This post is part of a series of posts celebrating students who are making it to and through college with the support of the KIPP…

By Isaiah Cuavers

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Posted May 1, 2017

I Will Stop at Nothing to Become an African-American Female Computer Scientist

This post is part of a series of posts celebrating students who are making it to and through college with the support of the KIPP…

By Jenari Mitchell

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

I Was So Afraid to Hit Submit on My College Application Because That Meant Leaving Home

One of the hardest things I’ve had to do was to hit the submit button on my application to Spelman because that means leaving home.…

By Deja Bean-Hines

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Was Born in a Refugee Camp in Kenya and Now I’ll Be the First in My Family to Attend College

In 1992, my family escaped the civil war in Somalia and we were randomly selected to live in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. I was born in that camp in 1998.…

By Hawo Ibrahim

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017

I Do More Before 9 a.m. Than Most People All Day. I’m a KIPP College Counselor.

If you’re the first person to go to college in your family, then it can be an overwhelming, exciting, scary, awesome time. You still need the support of the people who’ve been there with you from the beginning.…

By Roneshia Ray

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