Since 2009, 100% of KIPP Gaston’s seniors have earned acceptance letters to four year universities and colleges from across the nation including UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, Morehouse, Princeton, Davidson, Georgetown, Howard, UPenn, Spelman, Harvard, and Wake Forest. Since 2009, each senior class has averaged more than $1M in merit based scholarships – including the Robertson Scholarship, Gates Millennium Scholarship, Dell Scholars, Leonore Annenberg Scholarship, and the Golden Leaf Scholarship.
For those students whose journey began in 2001 on a former peanut farm, the dream of a high-quality education—the opportunity to go beyond others’ expectations and achieve at extraordinary levels—is now a reality. Led by a tireless staff of top-notch educators, KIPP Eastern North Carolina’s students have redefined the notion of what is possible in public education. Now thirteen years later, eighteen members of the founding class have returned to teach the next generation of the Pride – which includes their brothers, sisters, cousins and neighbors.
Fueled by their success, KIPP ENC will continue to work with communities throughout the state, serving as a model of a high-performing public school system that prepares students for success in college and in life. The extraordinary accomplishments of KIPP ENC’s students represent just the beginning of a journey that will, one day, ensure that every student in the state of North Carolina will have access to a high-quality, college preparatory public education.