KIPP Tulsa and OKC charter schools announce merger | Education
Two Oklahoma charter schools join forces in 2022.
KIPP Tulsa and KIPP Oklahoma City officials have announced that their schools will merge to form KIPP Oklahoma effective July 1. The pair are already part of the same network of 270 KIPP charter schools in 21 states.
“We couldn’t be more excited to get together with our KIPP teammates in Oklahoma City,” said Jason Kirksey, Chairman of the KIPP Tulsa Board of Directors. “This represents a huge opportunity for us to better support teachers and staff and to unleash the full potential of our students and alumni to succeed in university and lead fulfilling lives. “
KIPP Tulsa operates a middle school at 1661 E. Virgin St. in the former EW Woods Elementary School and a high school in the former Mark Twain Elementary School. A spokeswoman for the KIPP Foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the national network of KIPP charter schools, said the two Tulsa campuses have a total of 589 students.
KIPP Oklahoma City serves 435 students in grades four to eight on a single campus on the north side of Oklahoma City.
State law requires charter schools to have an authorizer, such as a public school district, tribe, university, or in some circumstances, the Oklahoma State Board of Education. KIPP Tulsa is licensed by Tulsa Public Schools, while its Oklahoma City counterpart is licensed by Oklahoma City Public Schools.