KIPP: Developing a sustainable growth strategy

KIPPSince 2010 Bain has supported the KIPP public charter school network, whose mission is to provide underserved communities with access to schools with outstanding educators, more time in school learning and a strong culture of achievement. The network, which is currently comprised of 125 schools in 20 states serving more than 39,000 students, is viewed as a leader in education reform and college preparation. Learn more about KIPP schools (video).

The first phase of our partnership with KIPP involved developing a 10 year growth strategy for the Bay Area region to increase impact and the number of students served. The team set about identifying the markets in which KIPP could have the greatest impact, the combination of school types that would yield the highest graduation rates and the operating and financial models that would be most sustainable in the long run. With Bain’s help, KIPP is now on a path to double the number of students served by 2017.

Our relationship with KIPP Bay Area deepened with three subsequent projects. First, we worked closely with KIPP on a strategic fundraising plan to support their ambitious growth target. Next, we did a deep dive into their talent management practices - changing the way they recruit, train and retain their teachers, and helping to ensure that every KIPPster has access to great teachers, every step of the way. Most recently we worked with them to determine the future role of technology in the classroom to help achieve greater student outcomes, teacher sustainability and to provide a platform for growth. The strategy included the need to balance the promise of new technologies with the need to preserve the KIPP culture.

We also began work with KIPP’s New York region in 2011, helping that region tackle critical issues facing the organization in New York as it prepares for the next wave of growth. The team helped KIPP-NYC develop a staffing and organizational model that would allow the region to scale effectively and continue to deliver outstanding academic results for its students across a much larger network. We developed a long-range financial model to ensure that the organization would be sustainable over the medium and longer-term. KIPP-NYC is now executing those plans and embarking on its next phase of growth.

We recently expanded our regional work to KIPP Houston, the first and largest KIPP region, to plan their next wave of growth and have also begun work with the KIPP Foundation on the topic of growth vectors.