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Release Date: 04.05.2013 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: KIPP Metro Atlanta

KIPP Metro Atlanta Receives $30,000 Grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a one-year, $30,000 grant to KIPP Metro Atlanta to relocate KIPP WAYS Academy to the former Herndon Elementary School building located in Washington Park to allow for the expansion to elementary grades.

KIPP Metro Atlanta’s mission is to equip students with the academic skills, scholarly habits, and character traits necessary to be successful in top quality colleges and the competitive world beyond. To achieve this mission, KIPP Metro Atlanta partners with local districts in Metro Atlanta to increase the number of college graduates and to change the mindset of what is possible in public education by investing in the growth and development of students, teachers, and school leaders.   

KIPP Metro Atlanta has established a tradition of academic excellence. By the eighth grade, KIPP Metro Atlanta students consistently outperform their peers across the state and within their districts on the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests.  In addition, 92% of KIPP Metro Atlanta alumni (students who completed eighth grade with KIPP) have graduated from high school and 83% have enrolled in college. 

This grant provides funding to help relocate KIPP WAYS Academy to the former Herndon Elementary School building in the Washington Park neighborhood.  Last fall the Atlanta Board of Education approved KIPP WAYS Academy’s expansion to include elementary grades.  In addition, the Board agreed to lease the former Herndon Elementary School to KIPP Metro Atlanta so that it can create a shared campus for the KIPP WAYS primary and middle school programs. The plan is to relocate KIPP WAYS Academy to the Herndon campus for the 2013-14 school year, and open KIPP WAYS primary program the following year.  The Herndon campus is an 85,000-square-foot facility that will eventually house 830 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and allow KIPP to achieve numerous shared campus efficiencies. 

“The support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation allows us to provide a seamless K-12 college preparatory education for students in northwest Atlanta,” said David Jernigan, Executive Director of KIPP Metro Atlanta. “We are pleased to have partners in Atlanta who share our vision for excellence.”

“The opening of KIPP WAYS Academy primary program will provide a solid K-8 educational foundation to ensure that students in the Washington Park, Vine City, and English Avenue neighborhoods will be prepared to be competitive college applicants,” said Blank Foundation President Penelope McPhee. 

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives, builds, and enhances the communities in which they live.  The Foundation seeks innovative solutions that enable young people, families, and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today.  Formed in 1995, the Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

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About KIPP Metro Atlanta:
KIPP Metro Atlanta is part of the growing network of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools across the nation.  KIPP is a network of free, open enrollment, college preparatory schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.  There are 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 41,000 students.  KIPP Metro Atlanta schools are public, charter schools.  In Metro Atlanta, there are currently six KIPP schools including four middle schools, one high school, and elementary school as well as the KIPP Through College Program which supports students on their journey “to and through” college.  KIPP Metro Atlanta plans to serve more students each year as it grows into a full K-12 network.

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Jill Joplin

Company: KIPP Metro ATlanta

Phone: 404-924-6310