Our Story

KIPP Jacksonville stands in partnership with other organizations committed to educational excellence and equity— working together so that all children have the opportunity to lead choice-filled lives.

In 2007, a group of Jacksonville community leaders came together to bring the KIPP model to our city. Leaders were impressed with KIPP’s track record of results from around the country and wanted to bring this success to Jacksonville.

Our mission

KIPP Jacksonville Schools was built on the mission to prepare students from Jacksonville’s North and Westside communities with the knowledge, skills, habits, and character for success in college and life. In 2010, we opened our first school, KIPP Impact Middle School, with 90 fifth graders. Today, we currently educate more than 2,000 students across 4 schools in Jacksonville.

Learn about our schools and programs

Opened in 2010

Opened in 2012

Opened in 2015

Opened in 2021

Our campus is approximately three miles west of downtown Jacksonville. We renovated the former Jacksonville Kennel Club building into a world-class educational facility, leveraging the latest educational technologies. In the spring of 2014, we opened a brand new gymnasium, which enhances our athletics and physical education offerings. In the summer of 2016, we completed construction on a freestanding building that now houses our expanded kindergarten and elementary programs. In addition to the new building, we have undertaken the complete demolition and renovation of the former race track between the buildings, which has become a student-friendly track and field area.