For Immediate Release: Feb. 5, 2016
KIPP STRIVE Academy in Atlanta wins the Georgia Charter School Association’s 2016 Georgia Charter School of the Year Award. The Coca-Cola Foundation sponsored the $50,000 award for the fifth straight year.
KIPP STRIVE Academy is a college preparatory charter school in the national Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). The public charter school was founded in 2009 and serves more than 300 students in grades 5-8. KIPP STRIVE Academy believes all students can succeed academically. More than 95 percent of those who attend the Academy are African American, and 78 percent are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.
“We’re extremely honored to receive this award. I’m so proud of the staff, parents and students at KIPP STRIVE Academy,” said Christy Harris, Principal KIPP STRIVE Academy. “They prove the possible everyday.”
The honor comes just months after KIPP STRIVE Academy was recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding schools that have demonstrated overall academic excellence or who have managed to close the achievement gaps among subgroups.
KIPP Strive Academy was selected for the honor from a group of four other finalists: DeKalb PATH Academy, Lake Oconee Academy, Oglethorpe Charter School and The Museum School of Avondale Estates.