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KIPP GCP was founded in 2001 as one of the first KIPP schools in the entire country and year after year has demonstrated the reality that "All Children Can Learn."

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Our teachers share a passion for helping underserved children, regardless of race and background, climb the mountain to college — yet each offers a distinct vision, inspiration, and motivation for the hard work and dedication they put forth each and every day.

Charlotte Observer - “Charter School Coming To Charlotte; Teaching style yields success; KIPP approach rejects notion that poverty, race hinder students”

By Ann Doss Helms
March 25, 2007

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- In Francie Webb's fifth-grade class, a vocabulary drill looks like a pep rally. Hands wave wildly when Webb asks a question. Chants and gestures, done in unison, help the words stick in young minds.

Most of the 458 students at KIPP Gaston College Prep, a charter school in northeastern North Carolina, are African Americans from low-income homes. They're outperforming white and middle-class peers on N.C. reading and math tests.


KIPP Press Release, Thursday, March 1, 2007

-- New public middle school will provide college prep education to underserved children in Charlotte --

CHARLOTTE, NC – The KIPP Academy Charlotte public charter school, led by principal Keith Burnam, was approved today by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Scheduled to open in July of 2007, the new Charlotte public middle school will prepare students in Charlotte for college through innovative teaching, hard work, and a structured learning environment.

Winston-Salem Journal - “School gives at-risk kids a chance to change their lives; Gaston Prep students told to work hard, aim high and their goals can be achieved”

By Gil Klein
February 19, 2006


It's 9 a.m. Saturday and nearly 150 fifth- and sixth-graders sit in the school cafeteria, reading books and doing homework.

Nobody whispers. Nobody passes notes. Nobody squirms. The only sound is the shuffling of chairs and rustling of papers.

At a signal from teacher Keith Burnam, students break into a foot-stomping, raplike cheer.

"Why you work so ha-a-a-rd in pre-algebra?" shouts a sixth-grader.

The Raleigh News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)-- “Low-income students aim high at nontraditional school”

By Tim Simmons
December 25, 2005

No one at Gaston College Prep talks about the day they'll close the racial achievement gap. They did that the year the rural school opened in 2001.

Now they talk about the day when every kid will go to college from a student body that is predominantly black and mostly low-income. If they didn't believe it, they wouldn't be breaking ground for a new high school.

The New York Times - "A chance to learn"

December 16, 2002

The first thing you notice about the school is how quiet it is. The kids are absorbed in their studies and except for the low roar of conversation in the cafeteria during lunch, or the enthusiastic screeching of band practice, you hardly hear a sound.

The Gaston College Preparatory School in this rural town just across the border from Virginia is housed in a new low-rise building on land that until recently was a peanut and soybean farm. Farm equipment outlets and a cotton field or two line the roads leading to the school.

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

320 Pleasant Hill Road
Gaston, NC 27832-9511

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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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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.