Thursday, January 10, 2013

SBISD in the Press: SBISD Partners with KIPP and YES Prep

Reposted from the Houston Chronicle

Erik Schmidt, principal of the new KIPP Courage College Prep school within Landrum Middle School, was caught off-guard by the number of applicants seeking to enroll their children in his program for the fall.

One of two new programs that had summer school this year through a partnership between Spring Branch school district and the KIPP and YES charter schools, Schmidt's school, which is at Landrum, 2200 Ridgecrest, met its goal to enroll 105 fifth-graders.

The students were chosen through a lottery open for application from throughout the district. The school has a waiting list of more than 50 families.

"I'm humbled," said Schmidt, whose school will add a grade each year to eventually teach children in grades 5-8. "We are new in this community, and the parents have shown courage to believe in us."

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