About KIPP: Central Ohio
Based in Columbus, Ohio, KIPP Central Ohio was founded in 2008 with the opening of its first school, KIPP Journey Academy. Today, KIPP Journey enrolls more than 300 students in grades 5-8.
In the 2010-2011 school year, 97% of KIPP Journey fifth graders met or exceeded their growth goal in reading, the strongest growth of any KIPP school in the country. Locally, our eighth graders scored 17.1 and 20.3 percentage points higher on the state math and reading assessments, respectively, than students enrolled in Columbus City Schools.
Building off of this success, KIPP Central Ohio will expand to reach nearly 2,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade by the end of the decade.
Mrs. Hannah Powell Tuney, Executive Director - KIPP Central Ohio, A native of Springfield, Ohio, graduated from Wittenberg University with a bachelor's degree in Communication. After graduation, Hannah joined Teach For America and served as a corps member for two years in Philadelphia, where she taught sixth and seventh grade at Anna Howard Shaw Middle while receiving her master's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Saint Joseph University. Hannah then joined the staff of an Ohio-based charter management organization, serving as the Director of Education Services and leading the first-ever reconstitution of an Ohio charter school. In late 2008, Hannah was named the School Leader of KIPP Journey Academy, overseeing the growth of the school from one grade to four and from 45 to more than 300 students. In June 2011, she was selected to lead the expansion of KIPP Central Ohio throughout the Columbus-area.