KIPP LA's history began in 2003 with the opening of our first two middle schools, KIPP Academy of Opportunity and KIPP LA Prep, in South and East Los Angeles, respectively. In 2007, KIPP launched an expansion effort in Los Angeles with the goal of serving more students in the underserved communities of South and East Los Angeles, and KIPP LA Schools was formed. As part of that effort, KIPP Raíces Academy, the first KIPP elementary school in California, opened in 2008, and the KIPP LA School Success Team was formed to facilitate expansion. Since then, KIPP LA has grown to a region of 17 schools educating nearly 7,300 students and supporting 2,700 alumni.
KIPP LA is in the midst of an ambitious growth plan to increase significantly the number of students and alumni we serve. By 2020, we will operate at least 20 schools and support approximately 9,000 students and 4,000 alumni as they journey to and through college. Our ambitious growth is aimed to ensure that more students in the greater Los Angeles area receive the high-quality education they deserve.
KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) was founded in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin in a classroom in Houston. It began with a powerful idea: to create a classroom that helped children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities. The following year, they opened the first two KIPP middle schools (one in Houston and one in New York City), which quickly became two of the highest-performing public charter schools in their respective communities. In 2000, Doris and Donald Fisher, co-founders of Gap, Inc., partnered with Mike and Dave to create the KIPP Foundation, to train leaders and replicate the success of the original KIPP middle schools.