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Knowledge Is Power Program

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  • https://www.kipp.org/

Program Overview

  • One of the successful programs supporting high school students through the completion of their pre-collegiate career and beyond the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) (Mathematica Research, 2015). The KIPP School program is a national network of college-preparatory charter schools. KIPP is the largest network that primarily serves African American and Hispanic students from low-income communities.

Program Benefits

  • The KIPP approach provides personalized learning based on their needs, skills, and interests. The curriculum emphasizes high-quality, rigorous instruction, particularly for literacy and mathematics. Instructional design components include close and guided reading, literacy instruction for 3-5 hours per day, more than 100 minutes of mathematics per day, and 90% participation in advanced placement courses.

Program Contact


  • Nationwide
  • 2600 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Type Of Program


  • Pre-Collegiate




Individuals Served

  • > 10,000

Notable Alumni

Rev. Calvon Jones, (Morehouse College Alumnus and Yale Divinity School Student) and Jessica De Los Santos (co-founder of Savvy Bio and a student at Williams College)

Research, Roles & Responsibilities

Identity & Inclusion

  • Our program was inclusive in that, we allowed all students who showed interest to be in the program. Students of general education, special education (physical or cognitive), and other- were all allowed to be in this program. While the program may have seemed to be catered towards more high performing students, no student who showed interest and commitment was turned away.

Diversity Groups (Social Identity)

  • Age

  • Disabilities

  • First-Generation

  • Foreign Born (E.G. Undocumented Immigrants; Non-Citizen Of The US)

  • Gender

  • Language Use (E.G. Bilingualism & Bidialectalism)

  • Political Ideology

  • Religion

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Socioeconomic Status (E.G. Low-Income)

Race/Ethnic Minority Group

  • African American/Black

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Other

Inclusionary Practices/Activities

  • Orientation (E.G. Reviewing Norms, Expectations, Structures, Goals, And/Or Protocols)

  • Specialized Pedagogical Practices (E.G. Multicultural Teaching Practices, Usage Of Gender Pronouns)

  • Structured Dialogues And Interactions (E.G. Lab Discussions, One-On-One Sessions, Virtual Dialogues)


Mentoring Components

  • Mentors Are Peers Of Program Participants (Near-Peer, Tiered Peer, Etc.)

  • Mentors Provide Mentees With Access To Academic Resources

  • Mentors Provide Regular Scheduled Meetings With Mentees

  • Mentors Provide Support With Goal Setting And Or Career Planning

Empowering Activities

  • Academic Recognition (I.E. Research Credibility, Prestige)

  • Feeder Pathways

  • Institutional Alliances

  • Mentoring Opportunities


Key Performance Indicators

Evaluation components:
I have made new friends who inspire me to work hard & be kinder *
I look forward to coming to school because of my involvement in this group *
I feel that I have improved at my group's focus area.
In one or two words, name character skills you have improved on or gained from joining your group (For example: persistence, empathy, trust, communication, etc.)

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