KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory public schools. There are 270 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 160,000 students and alumni. Nationally, KIPP alumni are graduating from college at four times the rate of their peers.
KIPP Columbus, the only set of KIPP schools in Ohio, was founded in 2008 with 50 students in the fifth grade. With the need to reach students at a younger age and expand to serve additional grades, KIPP Columbus committed to building a campus reflective of our students' potential and aspirations on the grounds of a former golf course in northeast Columbus (125+ acres). The state-of-the-art, cost-effective, and innovative learning campus opened in 2014 and now educates nearly 2,000 students K-12. In the coming years, KIPP Columbus will expand its learning campus, doubling enrollment/size in the coming years, with an expanded KIPP Columbus Primary opening in the Fall of 2023.
KIPP Columbus continues to rank as one of the top five schools for academic growth of any school in the state of Ohio, and is a top-performing urban school in the state for academic growth. In our second class of graduating high school seniors in the spring of 2021, 100 percent of students were accepted to college with over $20 million in merit scholarships from colleges and universities awarded.
In addition to academic excellence, KIPP Columbus also partners with more than 100 community organizations to provide extracurricular activities, programming, health and wellness services, meals, and more to KIPP students, families, and the broader community. KIPP is also a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, offering more than 10 varsity sports.
The KIPP Columbus learning campus will continue to advance student learning, expand partnerships, enable superior programming, and serve as a teaching and leadership lab for schools nationwide, reimagining education through a deeper lens of antiracism, excellence, and joy.
Together with families and the community, create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue paths they choose--college, career, beyond--KIPP has maintained excellence in its growth, and will improve upon that standard--proving what is possible in public education.
For an in-depth look at KIPP Columbus’ performance in the 2019–20 school year, please view the relevant pages of Fordham's.