New charter high school proposed to San Francisco 

click to enlarge The Knowledge Is Power Program has 61 middle, 30 elementary and 18 high schools in urban areas nationwide.
  • The Knowledge Is Power Program has 61 middle, 30 elementary and 18 high schools in urban areas nationwide.

A well-regarded nationwide chain of charter schools is seeking to open a high school in San Francisco in 2013.

Knowledge Is Power Program, which is better known as KIPP and has operated two middle schools in The City for nearly a decade, has petitioned the San Francisco Unified School District for a charter to open a high school. The chain includes 61 middle, 30 elementary and 18 high schools in urban areas nationwide.

Beth Sutkus Thompson, executive director of KIPP Bay Area Schools, said that while KIPP initially focused on middle schools, it has been gradually expanding.

Thompson touted the success of the organization’s two other Bay Area high schools, in San Jose and San Lorenzo. Those schools boast academic performance indexes of 909 and 819, respectively, out of a possible 1,000 points. California’s goal for all schools is 800.

San Francisco’s school board will consider the petition over the next few weeks.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

Correction: This article was corrected on May 10, 2012. A headline on a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that there are two proposed charter high schools.

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