About KIPP Chicago Schools

What is KIPP?

KIPP is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 162 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 58,000 students.

KIPP Chicago Schools

Founded in 2003, KIPP Chicago Schools began with a single class of fifth graders at KIPP Ascend Middle School. Today, KIPP Chicago Schools consists of four schools, KIPP Ascend Middle, KIPP Ascend Primary, KIPP Bloom College Prep, and KIPP Create College Prep.  Together, they are serving over 1,200 students in grades K-3 and 5-8.  We also support over 500 KIPP Chicago Schools alumni currently in high school or college through our KIPP Through College program.  Our students come from neighborhoods on Chicago's west and south sides. 

Leadership Team

  • Executive Director | April Goble
  • Chief Academic Officer | Amy Pouba
  • Chief Operating Officer | Nicole Boardman
  • Director of Development | Rebecca Centioli
  • Director of KIPP Through College and New Site Development | Jia Li Pratt
  • KIPP Ascend Middle Principal | Lauren Henley
  • KIPP Ascend Primary Principal | Ellen Bhattacharyya
  • KIPP Bloom College Prep Principal | Ellen Sale
  • KIPP Create College Prep Principal | Kate Mazurek 

Our Mission

The team at KIPP Chicago Schools is guided by a simple, yet powerful mission:  to create a network of excellent schools in the greater Chicago area that teach our students the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond, to be happy in the competitive world, and to instill in them a desire to help change the world.

What is a charter school?

Charter schools operate with fewer regulations than regular public schools in exchange for accountability for their results. Like all public schools, charter schools must be nonreligious and nondiscriminatory and are often focused on a particular approach to educating students. Charter schools are seen as an alternative to regular public schools and a way to provide choice and innovation (from Public charter schools may not charge tuition and may not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability.