History of KIPP DFW

Our vision for growth

KIPP DFW started with one public charter school in 2003. KIPP DFW currently operates six public charter schools educating nearly 2,500 students and has plans to operate 10 schools educating 5,000 students by 2025. We are committed to Southern Dallas and securing a bright future for our children today and tomorrow.

A BIG idea History Worth Repeating

KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) began in 1994 with a powerful idea: to help children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits they need to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities.

Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin started KIPP in a Houston district classroom with 47 fifth-graders. Teaching in Houston’s under-resourced Third Ward, Mike and Dave saw the need for high-quality college-preparatory instruction, and developed the KIPP model to help meet that need.

The following year, Mike and Dave opened two KIPP middle schools serving grades 5-8, one in Houston and one in New York City. By 1999, these original KIPP public charter schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.

With over 200 KIPP schools across the country, KIPP is on track to help students graduate from college at a rate that is four times the average for students from under-resourced neighborhoods.

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Total DFW area schools

KIPP Today

Today, there are 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 80,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. We have a 20-year track record of preparing students from educationally underserved communities to lead successful lives.

On a local level, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is currently comprised of six schools, including three middle schools and three elementary schools. These six schools are:

KIPP Truth Academy (founded 2003), KIPP Destiny Elementary (founded 2013), KIPP Destiny Middle School (founded 2015), KIPP Truth Elementary (founded 2015), KIPP Pleasant Grove Primary (founded 2016), and KIPP Pleasant Grove Middle (founded 2017).