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School year will begin with new and expanded charter schools

Posted on August 8, 2016 // KIPP Aspire Academy, KIPP Camino Academy, KIPP Esperanza, KIPP Poder, KIPP Un Mundo, KIPP University Prep,

by Alia Malik | San Antonio Express-News | August 8, 2016 | Photo: Billy Calzada

Mark Larson compares KIPP’s bright new downtown campus, the charter school network’s first ground-up build in San Antonio, to a 10-year-old boy he recruited in 2002 to KIPP’s first school here.

That boy, Jesús Alemán, didn’t speak English when he came to KIPP Aspire Academy, then located in a run-down former church. Now starting medical school at the University of North Texas, he is KIPP San Antonio’s first graduate on the path to becoming a doctor. And KIPP Aspire is moving into the new building going up on 18 acres between San Pedro Creek and the South Flores corridor, land that had been a rail switching yard before lying fallow for decades.

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