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This fall a new state-of-the-art building, funded in-part by Robin Hood donors, opened in the South Bronx and became the new home of KIPP NYC College Prep High School!
Robin Hood has long been a supporter of effective charter schools that provide a rigorous education to students in under-served communities. Three of these charter networks – Achievement First, Uncommon Schools and KIPP – had a proven model of success, and sought to fill a gap by continuing to serve their students through high school. While all three programs had the academic expertise to support such an expansion, they lacked the physical space and funding to make it a reality. Knowing it was in a unique position to help, Robin Hood embarked on a multi-year funding and building initiative, with the goal of creating a brand new state-of-the-art facility, to be shared by the schools, allowing them to continue their highly successful programs.
In 2006, Robin Hood launched a program to build a state-of-the-art facility that would shepherd these students through their high school careers and on to success in college.
Robin Hood planned to raise funds for a single building at its annual benefit in May 2006. However, thanks to the amazing generosity of its donors, and a unique partnership with the New York City Department of Education, more than $180 million was raised, which enabled Robin Hood and the Department of Education to create two brand new high school facilities.
In the fall of 2010, a new building shared by the Achievement First and Uncommon Charter High Schools opened its doors in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Each school provides a rigorous education to its scholars who are drawn from some of the poorest sections of New York City.
In August 2013, a second building was completed in the South Bronx, which is now home to KIPP NYC College Prep High School. The new building has more than 30 classrooms, a library, five science labs, computer lab, gymnasium, music room and shared cafeteria and auditorium – all the tools a student needs for a challenging and well-rounded education. Most importantly, these two facilities – in Crown Heights and the South Bronx – will serve thousands of students for generations to come, and in the process, provide them with an amazing education, one of the best tools we know to help break the cycle of poverty.