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KIPP set to expand with 9 new schools in south, east LA

Vanessa Romo | October 22, 2014

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KIPP Empower Academy

(Photo via Kipp Empower Academy’s Facebook page)

KIPP LA Schools today announced plans to open nine additional campuses, nearly doubling its presence in south and east LA by 2020.

The high performing charter schools are part of the Knowledge Is Power Program,which runs 162 campuses, educating 58,000 students nationally. In LA, the organization currently operates 11 schools serving 4,000 elementary and middle school students in some of the city’s most downtrodden neighborhoods.

“The families in these communities are demanding access to an excellent college-preparatory public education for their children. KIPP LA’s growth will help meet that demand,” said Executive Director Marcia Aaron at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the organization’s new home.

The campus features 27 classrooms designed for KIPP’s blended learning model. That learning style has contributed toward an Academic Performance Index score of 991, making KIPP Empower the highest performing school in LA Unified and the 10th-best performing elementary school in California.

KIPP also operates three other schools in LA Unified that have earned API scores above 900; the state standard is 800

KIPP has not yet detailed plans for location of future campuses.

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