For more than 10 years, KIPP San Antonio Public Schools has been redefining what is possible in public education. KIPP San Antonio is a growing network of free, college-preparatory public charter schools that prepare students for success in college and in life. Outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains.
The mission of KIPP San Antonio Public Schools is to enable students from underserved communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to graduate from college, lead in their communities, and command their future.
KIPP San Antonio will offer an unparalleled education, empowering our community one student at a time.
When Mark Larson, a veteran San Antonio public school math and science teacher and Trinity University graduate, earned a spot in the third cohort of Fisher Fellows, there were only five KIPP schools in the country. In the fall of 2003, he opened San Antonio’s first KIPP school, KIPP Aspire Academy, with an inaugural class of fifth-grade students. KIPP Aspire added one grade per year until it grew to a complete fifth through eighth grade middle school in the fall of 2006.
KIPP San Antonio began in a small building on Basse Road in central San Antonio in August 2003. Founded by school leader Mark Larson and a committed team of educators, KIPP Aspire Academy demonstrated from its inception that it could transform the life trajectory of students. In the decade since, KIPP Aspire has consistently ranked among the top middle schools in San Antonio and the state of Texas. Responding to student, parent, and community demand, KIPP San Antonio created its first strategic growth plan in 2009, envisioning five schools serving students from kindergarten all the way to and through college. That plan came to fruition in the fall of 2014 with the opening of our fifth school, KIPP Esperanza Dual Language Academy. At full enrollment, this first pod of five schools will serve more than 3,000 students.
KIPP San Antonio Public Schools is growing to serve more than 9,000 K-12 students in 15 schools inside Loop 410. Our KIPP Through College team will support an additional 3,000 alumni as they climb the mountain to and through college.
As we grow, KIPP San Antonio Public Schools will continue to drive dramatic change in urban education and prove what is possible through our students’ remarkable success.
When we complete our growth, we will double the number of college graduates from San Antonio’s most underserved neighborhoods. A college degree is the surest lever to break the cycles of poverty and create upward mobility that will affect our students and their families for generations.