By Sydia Bell

KIPP, Knowledge Is Power Program, recently opened their first high school, Atlanta Collegiate. With a current enrollment of 130 students in the initial 9th grade class, this marks KIPP’s fifth public charter school opening in the metro area.

KIPP’s Communication Director Jill Joplin understands the vital role of education and is steadfast about getting children, “all the way to and through college.”

Targeting students who need extra attention, KIPP offers mentoring and tutoring programs to students attending high school, but once they reach college as well. Whether they need help selecting courses or finding an internship, KIPP is devoted to fostering individuals, Joplin said.

With approximately 85 percent of students enrolling in college after graduation, the addition of Atlanta Collegiate is sure to make an impact on college success rates in the local community.

KIPP believes that following a structure, which includes focused problem solving, critical thinking, self-directed study and extended school days, offers “more time for learning. School days at KIPP run 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is a half day of class every other Saturday, plus two-to-three week summer sessions prior to the start of the academic year.

Allowing for a more enriched and well-rounded experience, KIPP also focuses attention on the fine arts offering students dance, band and recreational sport options.

In addition to the high school, there are four middle schools – KIPP South Fulton Academy, KIPP WAYS (West Young Atlanta Scholars) Academy, KIPP STRIVE (Success through Rigorous Instruction Virtue & Enrichment) Academy and KIPP Vision Academy – and plans to expand even further. KIPP also plans to open an elementary school.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.