KIPP DC proposes new high school in Southwest Washington

Mar 12, 2013 by

One of the District’s highest-performing charter schools is proposing to build a high school on public land in Southwest, drawing mixed reviews from those with a stake in that part of the city.

KIPP DC officials said they are aiming to put a campus at the Randall Recreation Center, in the shadow of Interstate 395 on South Capitol Street. KIPP officials said they spent 18 months looking for a centrally located site for the school; Randall is within walking distance of four Metro stations and is about four blocks north of Nationals Park.

Along with building the school, which would include a medical clinic to be operated in partnership with Georgetown University, KIPP DC is promising to renovate or rebuild Randall’s swimming pool, its playing fields and the recreation center.

The nonprofit organization, which has won wide admiration among philanthropists and government officials for its record of preparing poor children for college, would finance the $40 million project privately. There is also an ambitious timeline: KIPP hopes to break ground within a few months so it can open doors to students by summer 2014.

via KIPP DC proposes new high school in Southwest Washington – The Washington Post.

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