KIPP is a nonprofit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle and high school students. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. There are 209 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 90,000 students on their path to and through college, careers and life. KIPP believes that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success. KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and approximately four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. KIPP's mission is to create a respected, influential and national network of public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.