Proposed K-8 charter school plan to be reviewed tonight in Mattapan

By 
Jeanette Origel, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 10, 2014

A proposed four-story charter school building would be built between Blue Hill Avenue and Babson Street. Image courtesy KIPP

Representatives from a charter school that hopes to build a new campus on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan will detail their plans for the project at a community meeting organized by the Boston Redevelopment Authority this evening.

The KIPP Academy Boston Charter School is currently housed in a temporary location on Warren Street in Roxbury and has 144 students enrolled in grades 5-6. It plans to add grades each year in the Mattapan location— with a full enrollment of 588 students in grades K-8 by 2018. The proposed site — which is presently under agreement to be sold to the school— is presently occupied by a warehouse and sheds on what was formerly an industrial site along Babson Street— not far from the Mildred Ave. K-8 school operated by the Boston Public Schools.

The proposed school building would be a four-story, 53,000 square foot structure building containing classrooms with an adjacent two-story cafeteria and administrative space, along with a one story gymnasium.

KIPP Massachusetts is part of a national network of 141 KIPP Schools serving 50,000 students. All of the schools offer free, open enrollment. In Massachusetts KIPP serves over 850 students in grades 5-11 at three schools in Lynn and Boston.

Tonight's public meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave. More details on the project can be viewed at the BRA website.