About Us

KIPP Austin Public Schools is part of the nationally recognized “Knowledge Is Power Program” network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

KIPP Austin is a network of 10  schools serving more than 5,000 students in Austin. With 100% of the Class of 2015 accepted to college, KIPP Austin continues to prove that demographics do not define destiny.


Year founded by Jill Kolasinski
10 schools serving over 5,000 students in Austin
More than 3,000
students on our waitlist
of KIPP Austin students are economically disadvantaged
of KIPP Austin students are African-American and Latino
of the Class of 2015 accepted to college

Why We Exist

Nationally, only 1 in 10 children from low-income communities graduates from college. This is in sharp contrast to high-income communities, where 8 in 10 children graduate from college. Fewer than 15% of African-American and Hispanic students read at grade level. It is no different in Austin.  In 2009, only 212 African-American and Hispanic students graduated from AISD college-ready.

By 2020, our alumni will have graduated or be on track to graduate from college at a rate 5 times the national average for students from low-income communities. Our goal is not only to eliminate this gap, but to empower all of our students to graduate from college.

Our Approach

KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles known as the Five Pillars:

KIPP schools have clearly-defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.

Students, their parents, and the faculty of each KIPP school choose to participate in the program. No one is assigned or forced to attend a KIPP school. Everyone must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.

KIPP schools know that there are no shortcuts when it comes to success in academics and life. With an extended school day, week, and year, students have more time in the classroom to acquire the academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extracurricular experiences.

The principals of KIPP schools are effective academic and organizational leaders who understand that great schools require great school leaders. They have control over their school budget and personnel. They are free to move dollars swiftly or make staffing changes, allowing them maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.

KIPP schools relentlessly focus on high student performance on standardized tests and other objective measures. Just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses. Students are expected to achieve a level of academic performance that will enable them to succeed at the nation's best high schools and colleges.


KIPP Austin Public School is excited to be a part of a growing number of strong and high performing schools in Central Texas.  We are proud to be exemplars in empowering our students to go to and through college.  It is inspiring and energizing to see our students recognized for their hard work including local and national accolades. In just the past year, our students have been recognized for their success including:

  • KIPP Austin Collegiate being ranked the 10th best high school in Texas by US News and World Report.
  • KIPP Austin Collegiate being cited among the nation’s high schools that challenge their students the most by the Washington Post.
  • KIPP Austin Collegiate having 'small to nonexistent achievement gap' rating by the Education Equality Index.
  • KIPP Austin Academy of Arts & Letters and KIPP Austin Collegiate receiving all seven Distinction designations from the Texas Education Agency in 2015.
  • KIPP Austin Academy of Arts & Letters and KIPP Austin College Prep were recognized by a national study conducted by Credo at Stanford University as two of the top middle schools in Central Texas for student achievement in Reading and Math. Students who attend these schools were provided the equivalent of 140 extra days of learning in reading and 65 extra days of learning in math based on their learning as measured by the state assessment.

We are also proud that 100% of this year’s graduating seniors have been accepted to college and that to date our college completion rate is four times the national  average.

 We know that not every family has the opportunity to have their child in a high performing public school and there is tremendous demand from families in Central Texas for great schools as evidenced by the 3,000 students on our waitlist. We look forward to the day when there is no achievement gap in Central Texas and all children have the opportunity to go to and through college.

You can view KIPP Austin's results from the KIPP National Foundation's Report Card for the 2014-2015 school year here.

KIPP Nationally

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 141 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 39,000 students.  10,000 KIPP alumni are in college.

KIPP schools are widely recognized for narrowing the achievement gap in public education and putting underserved students on the path to college. Nationally, fewer than one in five low-income students typically attend college. By contrast, for KIPP schools, the college matriculation rate stands at nearly 80 percent for students who complete the eighth grade at KIPP.

The KIPP Foundation, based in San Francisco, was established in 2000 to enable innovative and pioneering educators to open new KIPP schools across the nation. The KIPP Foundation provides support for all KIPP schools, but each school or region is locally governed by a board of directors and is subject to the regulations of its home city and state.

To read more about the national KIPP movement, please visit www.kipp.org.

To view the KIPP Foundation's 2015 Report Card, please visit www.kipp.org/reportcard.

To read Mike Feinburg's thoughts on why KIPP measures college completion, please visit www.linkedin.com

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