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 183 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 70,000 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 School, KIPP Ascend Primary, KIPP Bloom College Prep, and KIPP Create College Prep.  Together, they are serving over 1,400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.  We also support over 500 KIPP alumni currently in high school or college through our KIPP Through College program. 

Leadership Team

Executive Director | April Goble

Chief Academic Officer | Amy Pouba

Chief Operating Officer | Nicole Boardman

Chief Development Officer | Rebecca Centioli

Director of KIPP Through College | 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 

Board of Directors

Ellen Sachs Alter

Suzanne Campion

Benjamin Chereskin

Mike Feinberg

April Goble

Deborah Quazzo

Don Weiss

Our Mission

The team at KIPP Chicago Schools is guided by a simple, yet powerful mission:  to create a network of schools that empower students with the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in top-quality high schools and universities, to be happy in the competitive world, and to have a positive impact on their communities. 

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.