KIPP Oak Cliff Academy opens new school on Paul Quinn College campus

ByAlex Boyer

A partnership between KIPP Charter Schools and Paul Quinn College will introduce hundreds of high school students to the college experience.

Friday’s ribbon cutting made Kipp Oak Cliff Academy the first of its kind to be located inside a historically black college or university.

The high school students will attend class in a totally separate building from the Paul Quinn College students, although they will share some campus amenities, such as a new turf field.

KIPP students and staff are excited about their new digs, but the move was met with resistance from some within Dallas ISD, at least initially.

It’s a move two years in the making…

The high school is located inside of a standalone, renovated building on campus that is separate from the college students.

A major upgrade from their previous school located inside a strip plaza.

“It’s like moving from a studio apartment to a five-bedroom house,” said Wauneta Vann, school leader For Kipp Oak Cliff Academy.

Vann believes students will continue to flourish now that they have room to grow, both inside the building and out.

“Students deserve the best education and have access to the best education, and this building fulfills that,” Vann said.

FOX 4 reached out to Johnson to see if he still feels the same way about KIPP Academy now that their rating is up, but hasn’t heard back.

A KIPP spokeswoman said any student who successfully graduates from KIPP Oak Cliff Academy will be automatically accepted to Paul Quinn college.

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