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How We Measure Success

Helping our students get to and through college and achieve their dreams is only possible if we know exactly how we are doing. Data helps us understand what our true impact is, what is working, and what needs to be improved. Our Six Essential Questions provide a yardstick by which to measure our progress, keep us focused as we grow, and—most important—help us keep the promises we make to our students and their families.

Who are our students?

A great education is the best path to a life full of opportunity. KIPP schools aim to educate students in underserved communities, including English language learners and students with special needs.

KIPP Student Demographics

Number of Students


Number of Schools


Grades Served


95% African American or Latino
2% White
2% Asian
1% Other


are eligible for federal free or reduced price lunch (FRPL)*


receive special education services


are designated as English Language Learners (ELL)**

*This figure excludes the 115 schools that did not collect FRPL data because those schools are enrolled in the federal Community Eligibility Program (CEP), which qualifies 100% of their students for free lunch through other federal programs.

**Some schools serve a much higher proportion of ELL students than others do, given their location.

Are Our Students Staying With Us?

We know that when a school is healthy, students want to return year after year. We are committed to creating schools where all students can thrive, and we closely track student attrition to ensure we’re keeping our students with us and meeting our mission.

KIPP Student Retention Rates

87% of KIPP students returned in 2018
13% did not return to KIPP

Student attrition data is based on the 209 KIPP schools that were open in the 2017-18 school year. KIPP defines attrition as the percentage of students who leave a school (for reasons other than completing the highest grade or transferring to another KIPP school) in one annual cycle between October 1 of 2017 and October 1 of 2018, which is the date that most states close their enrollment. 

Are Our Students Progressing and Achieving Academically?

Our goal is to put our students on an academic trajectory toward college readiness. We use a variety of tools to understand student achievement and look closely at our results to ensure we’re fulfilling our promises to students and families.

Percentage of KIPP Classes Outperforming Local Districts and States in 2017-18

Local District


Are Our Students Climbing the Mountain To And Through College

To meet our mission in preparing students to lead choice-filled lives, we follow the progress of our KIPP alumni, examining their rates of high school graduation, as well as college enrollment and college completion. KIPP’s current national college completion rate for all of our alumni is 36 percent. This is comparable to the national average for all students, and approximately three times the national average for students from low-income families (about 12 percent).

% of Students Who Complete Four-Year Colleges*

KIPP Average

Low-Income Average

U.S. Average








*As of fall 2018, an additional 5% of KIPP alumni earned associate’s degrees.

KIPP tracks its rates of high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation for all students who either completed 8th grade at a KIPP middle school or graduated from a KIPP high school. For alumni who graduated from KIPP high schools, 45% have completed a four-year degree.

Are We Building a Sustainable People Model?

Educators are at the heart of KIPP. We are committed to investing in the people who join us, and making sure they have the supports they need to do their best work every day.

KIPP Talent Retention Percentages


KIPP teachers returned in 2018

65% returned to their teaching position
28% did not return to KIPP
8% moved into a non-teaching position at KIPP or now teach at another KIPP school


KIPP school leaders returned in 2018

75% remained school leader
11% remained in the KIPP network in other roles
14% did not return to KIPP

Are We Building a Sustainable Financial Model?

Like all public schools, KIPP public charter schools receive funding from federal, state, and local public sources to support the cost of operations. And, like most public schools, KIPP schools also raise private funding to strengthen the impact of programs.

Our College Completion Report


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