KIPP Empower Academy hasn't been around for very long but it has already made a name for itself.
Only three years after opening its doors in South Los Angeles, the elementary school has topped the Los Angeles Unified School District ranks for student achievement and placed 10th in the entire state, according to California's Academic Performance Index, or API, released today. The results prove that strong charter management organizations like KIPP get results -- and should be granted the necessary facilities and funds to serve more students.
Empower is one of nine public schools run by the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which, with support from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, has grown from a few campuses in Houston in 1994 to 141 public schools in 20 states -- and is still growing every year. Since KIPP's arrival in L.A. in 2003, its schools, along with those of other Broad-supported charter operators like the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, have repeatedly proved their mettle on California's key measure of public school achievement.