In 2002, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) responded to a request from Baltimore City Schools to open a middle school. KIPP Ujima Village Academy opened in Baltimore when our middle schools were nothing short of dismal options for kids. In 2003, only 11.5 percent of Baltimore's middle school students passed the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in math, and 33 percent passed the reading test.
In the ensuing years, we have seen progress across the board throughout city schools. Today, KIPP is part of an expanding portfolio of Baltimore schools created with the approval of the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners and the guidance of Dr. Andres Alonso's leadership team.