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About KIPP Gaston College Prep

KIPP Gaston College Preparatory is a free open-enrollment public charter school located in Gaston, North Carolina (Northampton County).

KIPP Gaston was founded in 2001 by Caleb Dolan and Tammi Sutton and was one of the first KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools in the country.

Growing from a single group of 80 students in 2001, KIPP Gaston now has over 600 students in grades 5-12 and is one of the highest performing public schools in North Carolina.

KIPP Gaston does not does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, socioeconomic status, past academic performance or disability.

High Expectations

Everyone operates with the belief that all students, regardless of race or socio-economic background,
will (not can) achieve at superior levels when taught in a high-quality way.

All students will be expected to graduate from high school and then attend and graduate from the college of their choice.

Commitment and Choice

We are a school of choice. Staff, students, and families must choose to commit to work harder, behave better, and think more in order to ensure academic success for all our students.

More Time

Students spend 67 percent more time in school than traditional students.

Through an extended school day and year and Saturday classes, students benefit from additional time.

Teachers are available after school to work with students.

Focus on Results

Everyone operates under the expectation that all students will do well on both state and national standardized tests.

Standardized tests are the minimum. Students are focused on PSAT, SAT, college admissions, summer programs, scholarships and additional real world results.

Power to Lead

At KIPP schools we believe that great schools require great school leaders. KIPP Gaston principal has control over the school’s budget and personnel, allowing him maximum effectiveness in helping students learn.

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.