DENVER – Denver Public Schools and KIPP Colorado Schools celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the future home of two KIPP Colorado schools on Wednesday, August 31st. The new facility, located in Far Northeast Denver, will house KIPP Montbello Elementary and KIPP Montbello College Prep, and is scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year.
The new campus will serve the rapidly growing communities of Montbello and Green Valley Ranch.
School leaders, students, families, and members of the community were on hand to commemorate the important milestone. Lindsey Lorehn, founding school leader of KIPP Montbello Elementary, spoke about the educational value of having both schools on the same campus.
“With our new permanent home, our littlest KIPPsters will have the opportunity to learn and grow under the leadership of our middle school KIPP Montbello College Prep,” said Lorehn. “Our kids will see what they can be when they get to middle school and our middle schoolers can learn valuable leadership lessons on their pathway to High School and through College.”
Veronica Booz, the parent of three KIPP Colorado students, spoke about the added convenience of both schools being located on the same site.
“I remember feeling frustrated and concerned about the difficulties of having my children on three different campuses,” she said. “I know I speak for many families who have multiple children in KIPP schools when I say, thank you Denver Public Schools for hearing our voices during the process. Thank you for granting a home to our KIPPsters.”
KIPP Montbello College Prep educates approximately 400 students in grades five through eight. KIPP Montbello Elementary opened in 2015 and educates approximately 250 students in kindergarten through second grade. One grade will be added each year until the school is at full capacity with students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.