About KIPP DC
About KIPP DC:
KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, public, college-preparatory charter schools in Washington, D.C., which serves the city’s under-resourced communities. At KIPP DC, there are no shortcuts. Outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college.
In 2001, founder Susan Schaeffler and a team of dedicated educators established KIPP DC’s first school, KEY Academy middle school, in a church basement in Anacostia. Beginning with 80 fifth graders, KEY Academy has grown to become one of the highest-performing public middle schools in the District. Due to the outstanding success of KEY Academy, KIPP DC expanded to reach more students. Now, KIPP DC reaches over 3,000 students at ten schools on three campuses in D.C.’s Marshall Heights, Anacostia, and Shaw neighborhoods.
Our mission is to create and sustain the highest quality school system for the communities most under-served in Washington, D.C.
- KIPP DC students will develop the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to become thoughtful, influential, and successful citizens in the competitive world.
- KIPP DC will raise expectations of public education in under-served communities by cultivating high-performing educational leaders and by serving as a model of excellence.
- KIPP DC will double the college graduation rate east of the Anacostia River.