KIPP girls’ complete four-peat

BOSTON — The KIPP Panthers battled back from an early deficit to defeat the Prospect Hill Academy Wizards, 51-47, Sunday morning to capture their fourth straight Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization Championship.

The Panthers faced plenty of adversity in this one, with a host of injuries to their most important players. Senior captain Alex Huffman was battling a foot injury that has kept her out for the past two and a half weeks. Senior Serena High and freshman Nayeli Germosen were both dealing with leg injuries.

Despite all that, Huffman finished with a game-high 20 points. Germosen added 15 and High scored 10. Pleilerkay Gaye was the anchor on the defensive side, pulling down seven rebounds and registering four blocks. She also added six points.

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KIPP girls’ quest for four-peat begins with win

BOSTON — Over the first three seasons in program history, the KIPP Academy girls’ basketball team has developed into a powerhouse, with back-to-back-to-back Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization tournament championships.

On Friday evening at UMass-Boston, the top-seeded Panthers took their first step toward a four-peat, defeating No. 4 Foxborough Regional, 59-41.

With top player and co-captain Alex Huffman out because of an injury, KIPP turned to its other five seniors, who will be members of the first class to graduate the charter school.

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KIPP Academy Lynn to add 736 students

By John Laidler Globe Correspondent March 08, 2015

The KIPP Academy Lynn charter school will grow by 736 students as a result approval from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school currently serves 850 students in the fifth to 12th grades at its middle and high school campus at 90 High Rock St. KIPP plans to add 600 students in a new kindergarten-grade 4 elementary school, and 136 students to its existing grades. The elementary school will open in August with a founding class of 120 kindergartners at a site to be determined. Lottery applications for prospective students are being accepted by mail or in person at the High Rock Street campus through 5 p.m. on Monday.

Students looking for luck in KIPP lottery

LYNN — KIPP Academy’s largest lottery to date — with seats available for grades K-12 — will be held for the rest of this week.

In 2005 KIPP opened its first school in Lynn with 77 fifth-graders. Sixty-eight percent of them are still in college. The academy moved into its current building on High Rock Street in 2011, with a founding class of 96 ninth-graders. When this class graduates in the spring, it will be the first-ever group of seniors to matriculate through a KIPP school in Massachusetts.

The lottery process is a state law the charter schools must follow. It is designed to make the admissions process fair, said Caleb Dolan, executive director of KIPP. This year, there are 120 kindergarten openings but 240 applicants, which is why the law is in effect, Dolan said.

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