Middle School Relocated to Southeastern San Diego Provides Free, Comprehensive Distance Learning

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A KIPP school leader and teacher virtually check-in with a KIPPster. KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy has prioritized connecting with 100% of its students in meaningful ways during KIPP’s distance learning program. Courtesy KIPP.

KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy, a tuition-free, charter middle school and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation announced today that the school has relocated to Southeastern San Diego, and San Diego families are encouraged to submit an interest form for their fifth through eighth grade students for next school year. KIPP Adelante is opening 2021-2022 enrollment applications on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

The neighborhood’s new college preparatory public school completed construction in June 2020. The school was formerly located in downtown San Diego since 2003 and has since moved to its newly constructed campus at 426 Euclid Avenue, adjacent to the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center.

“Our team at KIPP Adelante knows that there’s simply no substitute for in-person learning; however, we’ve embraced the opportunity to face a challenge with creative solutions anchored in our students and families,” said Rachelle Minix, KIPP Adelante school leader. “We’ve created a comprehensive distance learning program so that our team can meet our advocates’ socio-emotional and learning needs, their families’ priorities and pressing needs, and leverage the collective strength of the team to rise to this moment. A central belief in the power of advocacy guides all of our work. We want our students to have the awareness, tools and mindset to create and speak for themselves, even when we’re physically apart, particularly as they come of age in a time that desperately needs the voice and leadership of our young people.”

KIPP Adelante is prioritizing students’ access to technology and virtual communication with teachers. All students have a Google Chromebook and wireless hotspots have been provided to families without internet access. Every day, there is a live schedule for students to connect with their teachers, and physical education activities are offered three times per week.

The award-winning KIPP schools advocate for and empower their students, guiding them toward success with resources like connecting each student with their own high school placement and transition counselor, who provides support through the high school application and matriculation process. KIPP SoCal also offers extensive support to 5,100 alumni to and through college. This is historically significant since KIPP SoCal eighth grade alumni graduate college at a rate three times higher than the national average of students from under-resourced communities.

“We’re pleased to welcome KIPP Adelante to Southeastern San Diego,” said Reginald Jones, president and CEO of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. “KIPP SoCal’s diverse staff and school leaders, 78% of who are people of color, provide an enriching and supportive learning experience for students. The school’s strong curriculum and free tuition offer a great opportunity for our area’s middle schoolers and their families, and we encourage local parents to contact the school to learn more.”

KIPP Adelante is also a San Diego Unified School District meal distribution site, serving free meals to any child under the age of 18, regardless of if they are a student at the school. Meals are distributed at the school Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

KIPP Adelante is part of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) SoCal Public Schools, a nonprofit organization that operates 20 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, educating more than 8,800 students across Southern California. For more information about KIPP Adelante or to submit an interest form, visit kippsocal.org/adelante or call 619-233-3242.

Weekday Meal Pickup Site for All Local Kids!
Every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., KIPP Adelante, a San Diego Unified School District meal site, serves curbside grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for ANY child under 18! KIPP is providing healthy meals to everyone, not just to those enrolled at the school. Pick up the meals at KIPP Adelante’s new campus in Southeastern San Diego at 426 Euclid Avenue.

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About KIPP SoCal
KIPP SoCal Public Schools educate within the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Compton Unified School District (CUSD). KIPP SoCal’s whole child approach to learning not only focuses on rigorous academics, but also character development, enrichment, social-emotional learning, physical and mental health, sense of identity, and the nurturing of one’s purpose.

KIPP SoCal Public Schools are joyful, academically excellent charter public schools. They’re free and open to all children, grades TK-8. KIPP SoCal has a 16-year track record of success, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools, five California Distinguished Schools and 11 Top LA County Public Schools.

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About Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations and partners to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills and educational success.

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