As we celebrate KIPP DC’s 15-year anniversary, we feel so proud of the impact that our schools have had on the city and its children.
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. Since then, KIPP DC has maintained excellence while scaling from 80 students in one middle school to more than 5,700 KIPPsters –PreK all the way through twelfth grade – in 16 schools across the District.
KIPP DC started with middle schools, but we soon realized that when students came to us in fifth grade, their learning gaps were already quite pronounced and we needed to reach them earlier. To most effectively prepare our students for success in school and in life, we decided to add early childhood and elementary schools at each campus, starting with three-year-olds. Since then, we have seen a tremendous difference in the students who have come up through the full KIPP DC continuum versus those who come to us later.
At KIPP DC, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: college completion and a choice-filled life. We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP DC 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.
We would not be celebrating these successes without the overwhelming support from our KIPP DC champions, families, and community members that we work alongside. We thank you for your support over the last 15 years and look forward to sharing the next 15 years of accomplishments with you.