In 1994, two teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, launched a fifth grade public school program in Houston, Texas after completing their work with Teach For America. Their goal: do “whatever it takes” to help students develop their character and academic skills for college and life.
They believed that high expectations coupled with creativity, rigor and sustained student, parent and teacher commitment could generate transformational results for kids in schools in underserved communities. Mike and Dave named their program KIPP – the Knowledge is Power Program.
KIPP Baltimore serves more than 1,500 students and 800 alumni. We operate an elementary school, KIPP Harmony Academy, and a middle school, KIPP Ujima Village Academy, in Northwest Baltimore and an alumni support program called KIPP Through College (KTC). Our schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students.