KIPP Scholar Academy’s New Campus Sparks Excitement in South Los Angeles

KIPP Scholar Academy’s New Campus Sparks Excitement in South Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA (February 21, 2024) — KIPP Scholar Academy (KSA)—an award-winning, performing arts charter public middle school that has served as a pillar in South Los Angeles for over a decade—will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 4, from 3-5:30 p.m., to celebrate the opening of its new state-of-the-art campus in South Los Angeles. 

The three-story building, which opened in January 2024, spans 38,297 square feet. It features 22 classrooms, two music studios for our renowned KSA choirs and bands, and a multi-purpose/performance space. The building also features 5,000 square feet of outdoor play area and 3,800 square feet of multi-purpose outdoor space.

KIPP Scholar Academy School Leader Tommy McConnell in front of the beautiful new campus

“This day will mark a historic milestone for our school community as we proudly unveil our newly built school, a dream realized after 12 years of anticipation for a permanent location. This state-of-the-art facility symbolizes not just bricks and mortar, but a commitment to collaboration with our dedicated families, staff, and the vibrant new community we now call home. Our ultimate goal is to empower our musical Scholars to go to and through college, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and resilience needed for success. This school will be a beacon of hope, a place where dreams take flight, and aspirations are nurtured,” said KSA School Leader Tommy McConnell.

The ceremony’s powerful theme, “Renaissance: Proud of the Past, Committed to the Future,” will be featured throughout the program with remarks from prominent community leaders, captivating student performances of Beyonce’s “Renaissance,” and guided tours showcasing the new cutting-edge campus.

  • What: KIPP Scholar Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    • 3:00 p.m. — Campus tours, interactive activities, and refreshments 
    • 4 p.m. — Formal program, student performances (choir, band, and dance team), and ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • Program Speakers: 
    • Hon. Curren Price, LA City Councilmember, District 9 
    • Tommy McConnell, KIPP Scholar Academy, School Leader
    • Tiffany Moore, KIPP Scholar Academy, Founding School Leader 
    • Angella Martinez, KIPP SoCal, CEO
  • When: Monday, March 4, 2024, from 3-5:30 p.m. 
  • Where: KIPP Scholar Academy, 6100 S. Hoover St. Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • Why: Since 2012, KIPP Scholar Academy has been providing a tuition-free, high-quality public education to students in grades 5-8 in South Los Angeles. KSA has earned recognition as one of the Top-Performing LA County Public Schools and was recently awarded the title of one of the Best Middle Schools in California by US News & World Report. At present, KSA serves over 300 students and provides a transformative educational environment where students are engaged in rigorous academic instruction, collaborative character development, and arts & music-based learning experiences.

About KIPP SoCal Public Schools

KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 23 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, grades TK-8, within 20 Local Education Agencies. KIPP SoCal's award-winning schools educate students with a whole-child approach to learning and support over 10,150 students and 8,300 alumni to and through college.

KIPP SoCal Public Schools have won three National Blue Ribbon School awards, nine California Distinguished School awards, nine U.S. News & World Report “Best Schools” across the country awards, and 11 Top LA County Public School awards.


KIPP SoCal Media Relations
Contact: Stephanie Salazar, 213-312-5086