Crystal Gorden

KIPP Liberty student Crystal Gorden enjoys breakfast at KIPP Liberty on the first day of school. 

The West Little River area has a Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) public charter middle school.

KIPP Liberty Academy kicked off the 2019-2020 school year with the opening of its first middle school, which is co-located at Madison Middle School, with more than 170 students in grades fifth and sixth.

This is KIPP’s second school in the area, expanding the organization’s footprint in the South Florida region.

Last school year, KIPP Miami opened its first school, KIPP Sunrise Academy, an elementary school located at Poinciana Park Elementary in Liberty City. That campus serves more than 280 kindergarten, first and second graders.

KIPP Miami has forged a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which allows the co-locating on school campuses that show a need.

“We are thrilled to expand our presence in the community and kick off this school year with the opening of KIPP Miami’s first middle school,” said KIPP Miami Executive Director Brett Kimmel.

Students at KIPP Liberty are taught reading, math, science and social studies, and extracurricular. Fifth and sixth graders can partake in specialized course offerings such as computer coding, physical education paired with nutritional health, and performing arts such as theatre.

The KIPP curriculum includes access to longer school days, free uniforms and bussing options. KIPP Miami schools accept all students, including those with special needs and individualized education plans.

“We first joined the KIPP family last year when we enrolled our daughter for first grade. After watching her educational and personal growth, we decided to also enroll our son in the new middle school,” said Eddie Brown, KIPP Miami parent. “KIPP always goes the extra mile for our children, providing everything from in-home visits before the start of school to regular progress check-ins. I am so grateful for the doors KIPP has opened for our family.” 

Since its commencement in 2018, the organization partnered with local nonprofits such as the Urban League of Greater Miami and its We Rise Educational Initiative, to build a strong presence throughout Liberty City.

 KIPP Liberty Academy is the first charter school to open as a School of Hope, a Florida state program that provides resources to enhance education for areas in need.

To learn more about KIPP Miami, visit http://www.kippmiami.org/.

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