Nora Rabelo Morado, a member of the first KIPP San Antonio class and first generation college graduate, graduates from UTSA
SAN ANTONIO, TX – December 18, 2014 – KIPP San Antonio is proud to announce that its first alumnus is graduating from college this Saturday. Nora Rabelo Morado, a member of the first KIPP San Antonio class, completed college in three and a half years and will graduate from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in accounting.
“The KIPP San Antonio Team & Family is excited to celebrate Nora’s accomplishments and her future. We are also looking forward to celebrating the many KIPP San Antonio alumni who will follow in her footsteps in the coming months and years,” said Mark Larson, founder and CEO of KIPP San Antonio. More than 200 additional KIPP San Antonio alumni are currently in college.
KIPP Aspire Academy, KIPP’s first school in San Antonio, opened in the fall of 2003. KIPP San Antonio has grown to five schools serving more than 1,900 students in elementary, middle, and high school. KIPP San Antonio will open its sixth school in August 2015 and over the coming years will grow to serve more than 9,000 K-12 students in 15 schools inside Loop 410. Once all 15 KIPP San Antonio schools are fully scaled, they will double the number of college graduates from San Antonio’s most underserved neighborhoods.
Nora is a first generation American, first generation high school graduate, and first generation college graduate. “Before KIPP, I thought college was unattainable and only for the privileged few with the financial resources,” said Nora. “I thought that it was out of my reach and almost magical or mythical, like Hogwarts.”
The mission of KIPP San Antonio 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 futures. KIPP San Antonio is part of the national KIPP network of free, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 162 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 58,000 students. As of spring 2014, 44 percent of KIPP students nationwide have earned a four-year college degree after finishing eighth grade at a KIPP middle school 10 or more years ago. This is more than four times the rate of the average student from a low-income community (8 percent).
KIPP San Antonio students are supported by outstanding educators and the KIPP Through College team. The KIPP Through College counselors and advisors support KIPP students and alumni as they navigate high school, prepare for college, and work hard on their journey through college.
After she became a student at KIPP San Antonio in middle school, Nora read her first book cover to cover, wrote her first essay, and visited colleges across the country. During those college visits, she began to picture herself as a college student and college graduate. “My small world expanded and there were no limits,” she said. “KIPP opened so many doors for me, but the greatest lesson I learned was that I should not limit myself based on what I lack. The values and work ethic that KIPP and my parents instilled in me have taken me to where I am today. I am very thankful for my KIPP teachers, Mr. Larson, and the KIPP Through College team. They will always be my Team & Family and I share my accomplishments with them.”