Another KIPP middle school, the high-achieving charter school, is coming to East San Jose.
Last week, the board of the Franklin-McKinley School District voted 4-to-1 to approve KIPP's charter petition. Trustee John Lindner dissented. The school will open, likely at a campus shared with a district school, with a fifth-grade class in 2014; it will add a grade each year to become a 400-student, fifth-through-eighth-grade school by 2017.
The district worked cooperatively with KIPP on plans for the middle school, as well as for transforming other district schools. "They've been good partners," Superintendent John Porter said.
"We are grateful for Dr. Porter's support and leadership, and thrilled to work with him and his team to provide a quality education option to students and families," said KIPP Bay Area spokeswoman Debbie Fine.
KIPP's first school in San Jose, KIPP Heartwood, has a waiting list of 300 students, Fine said. The Alum Rock school board earlier this year approved opening a KIPP middle school in August 2013.
Next, Fine said, the organization hopes to open two more schools -- it already operates KIPP San Jose Collegiate -- in San Jose.
Contact Sharon Noguchi at 408-271-3775. Follow her at Twitter.com/NoguchiOnK12.