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KIPP Gaston: A Region of KIPP Schools

“What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.”
- T. S. Eliot

Dear Supporters,

Eleven years ago a brave and committed group of teachers, fifth graders and their families helped transform 27 acres of soybeans and peanuts into a campus dedicated to ensuring that every student would be prepared to attend the college of their choice and positively impact the world. Today those fifth graders are sophomores in college and our campus is now home to more than 700 students and 100 staff members working together to continue the fight for educational equality and social justice for all.

Our schools are a member of the KIPP network. KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) is a national network of schools dedicated to preparing traditionally underserved students for college. Every student who walks through our doors has “KIPP cousins” at over 100 schools around the country who are making a similar choice to work harder, behave better, and think more. As one of the first five KIPP schools in the country we are proud to be part of a movement to change the expectations for American public education.

All KIPP schools are charter schools. As a public school of choice, any student in the state of North Carolina can choose to enroll at our school. By making the choice to attend KIPP we (students, parents, and teachers) express our belief in our shared mission and values.

We are thrilled to begin our eleventh year and will continue to analyze the results and accomplishments of the past decade by reflecting on our progress, difficulties and successes and continue to find ways to strengthen our school community and improve. We are all looking forward to an even more powerful year.

Thank you for your interest in and support of our school and community.


Tammi Sutton
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Contact KIPP GCP

School Phone: 252-308-6932
School Fax: 252-308-6936

320 Pleasant Hill Road
Gaston, NC 27832-9511

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KIPP Schools

There are over 80 KIPP public schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia enrolling more than 20,000 students. The majority of KIPP schools (more than 85 percent) are middle schools designed to serve fifth through eighth grade students. The remaining schools include seven high schools, six pre-kindergarten/elementary schools, and one pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school.

More than 80 percent of KIPP students are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meals program. Students are accepted regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socioeconomic background.

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KIPP Foundation

In 2000, Doris and Don Fisher, co-founders of Gap Inc., formed a unique partnership with Feinberg and Levin to replicate the success of the two original KIPP Academies through the non-profit KIPP Foundation. The KIPP Foundation focuses its efforts on recruiting, training, and supporting outstanding leaders to open new, locally run KIPP schools in high-need communities.

The KIPP Foundation does not manage KIPP schools, but is responsible for supporting and monitoring school quality across the network. Each KIPP school is run independently by a KIPP-trained school leader and local board of directors.