Miami Dade College to house KIPP Charter school building
KIPP Miami and Miami Dade College have partnered to offer public school and college students pathways for educational advancement and professional development.
As part of the new educational collaboration, Miami Dade College North Campus at 11380 NW 27th Ave. will house KIPP Royalty Academy and KIPP Courage Academy, with the construction of a new state-of-the-art 120,000-square-foot school building that will include 79 classrooms.
The estimated $30 million development is being managed by Summit Construction & Management Group and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2022 in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year. The new academic building will directly support KIPP Miami’s efforts of expanding its educational model from 300 school-age students who are in 20 temporary classrooms at the campus to over 1,500 students from kindergarten to 12th grade, said Brett Kimmel, executive director for KIPP Miami.
“We are thrilled to work alongside Miami Dade College in this new chapter for KIPP Miami, which will foster great advancement opportunities for students and staff,” Mr. Kimmel said. “The college has been an indispensable partner, and this collaboration will help us continue offering an unmatched educational opportunity for students in Miami-Dade while helping our teachers become world-class educators.”
KIPP Miami is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program national nonprofit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle and high school students. Founded in 2018, the Miami chapter operates four nonprofit charter schools in Miami-Dade County, providing an educational alternative in Liberty City and Little West River.
KIPP Miami’s collaboration with the college will also support the expansion of KIPP’s Teacher in Residence program, which is a hands-on, immersive experience that provides aspiring teachers real-world, practical exposure to the profession. Participants of the initiative will also go through a one-year credentialing program provided by the college to assist with their teacher certification process, ensuring they have the necessary accreditation, Mr. Kimmel added.
The program will provide access to classroom experiences that offer the opportunity to co-teach alongside experienced lead educators, craft planning and teaching lessons, build relationships with students and families and obtain school-based mentorship, he said.
“We are glad that the North Campus has developed an agreement with KIPP Miami to expand the educational opportunities in our community,” said Fermin Vazquez, interim president of Miami Dade College’s North Campus. “Now, KIPP Miami students will be able to benefit from all aspects of this partnership while being located on campus.”
KIPP Miami students will have access to robust programming and extracurricular activities that will contribute to meaningful relationships between KIPP and MDC students, Mr. Kimmel added.
“In the coming years,” he said, “KIPP Miami and MDC will develop a dual-enrollment program to support KIPP’s vision of building incredible pathways to opportunities and success.”