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KIPP charter school network is closing one of its Memphis campuses

May 12, 2023
Low enrollment is blamed for shuttering KIPP Memphis Academy Middle.

The charter school operator KIPP Memphis has announced that it will be shutting down one of its city campuses at the end of the school year.

The Commercial Appeal reports that KIPP Memphis Academy Middle in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood will close June 1.

Officials blame the closure on low enrollment.

"Enrollment at [KIPP Memphis Academy Middle] has decreased the last few years," a KIPP news release said. "To be sustainable, we feel it is in our best interest to operate one middle school to provide the opportunity for more robust academic programming and community resources."

The closure will leave KIPP Memphis with three schools in Memphis — KIPP Memphis Collegiate Elementary, KIPP Memphis Collegiate Middle and KIPP Memphis Collegiate High — and 40 staffers without jobs.

The network began in 2020 with seven schools.

Terresa Todd, a spokesperson for KIPP Memphis, says students displaced by Memphis Academy Middle closing will have the option to attend Memphis Collegiate Middle and be provided transportation.

Students who have already been enrolled at Memphis Academy Middle will be automatically enrolled at Memphis Collegiate Middle.

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Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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