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Quality education is one of the five pillars of the EPIC Communities Initiative. The KIPP School (Knowledge is Power Program) is a nationally recognized charter school program that emerged from the Teach for America Initiative. LISC Jacksonville played a critical role in establishing Florida's first KIPP School in Jacksonville. Though the school is not located in one of LISC Jacksonville's EPIC neighborhoods, the charter school serves students from those neighborhoods and plays an essential role providing quality education opportunities to the children who live in LISC's EPIC Communities.
In 2007, LISC Jacksonville provided a New Markets Tax Credit Allocation of $12.4 million to Florida's first KIPP School, a $26.2 million facility located in Jacksonville. If not for LISC and its commitment of New Markets Tax Credits, KIPP would have struggled to meet its financial goals.
KIPP is a non-profit 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 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 80,000 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 four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds.
Learn more about KIPP schools in Jacksonville by visiting their site.