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 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving 80,000 students in grades K-12 ... and more than 10,000 KIPP alumni are in college working toward their degrees.

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 six schools: KIPP Ascend Primary, KIPP Ascend Middle, KIPP Bloom College Prep, KIPP Create College Prep, KIPP One Primary, and KIPP One Academy. Together, they serve 1,700 students in grades K-8. We also support over 700 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 Information Officer | Chris Haid

Chief of External Affairs | Angela Montagna

Director of KIPP Through College | Peter Gooden

KIPP Ascend Primary Principal | Jacob Boesch

KIPP Ascend Middle Principal | Lauren Henley

KIPP Bloom College Prep Principal | Ellen Sale

KIPP Create College Prep Principal | Billy Warden

KIPP One Primary Principal | Rashid Bell

KIPP One Academy Principal | Ken Lee

Board of Directors

Ellen Sachs Alter

Suzanne Campion

Bernetta Cannon

Benjamin Chereskin

Mike Feinberg

April Goble

Craig Huffman

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 are tuition-free public schools and enrollment is open to all students. They are independently operated schools that run with more flexibility than traditional public schools in exchange for increased accountability. The “charter” that establishes each school is a contract detailing the school’s mission, program, performance goals, and methods of assessment. Every public charter school has an authorizer which, subject to state law, may be a district school board, university, Mayor’s office, or non-profit organization.  Authorizers are responsible for holding charter schools accountable for compliance with their operating agreements or “charters.”

Like all public schools, charter schools are:

  • Tuition-free and part of the free public school system
  • Held to state and federal academic standards
  • Open to all students, including those with disabilities
  • Funded primarily through a combination of federal, state, and local tax dollars
  • Not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group