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KIPP Tulsa high school comes to OSU-Tulsa campus

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, center, welcomes KIPP Tulsa University Prep High School students to campus. Standing from left are Jamia Newson, assistant school leader, Sarah Seekins, composition teacher and Chris Mahnken, school leader.   OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett welcomed KIPP Tulsa high school students to campus Friday, topping off the first week of the new charter high school's 2018-19 academic year.

Students began attending classes on the second floor of North Hall on Aug. 13. KIPP Tulsa anticipates up to 125 students will enroll.

"We are happy to have you at OSU-Tulsa and wish you well in your first year of high school," Barnett said.

Each student was provided an OSU backpack with school supplies and will receive financial assistance in purchasing the required TI-84 scientific calculator for school.

The supplies were made possible by generous donations to the OSU-Tulsa 1999 Founders Fund by OSU alumnus and Tulsa civic leader Jack Allen and the OSU Office of Institutional Diversity led by Dr. Jason Kirksey, OSU chief diversity officer and associate professor of political science.

OSU-Tulsa is providing temporary space to KIPP Tulsa for the 2018-2019 school year as the Tulsa Public Schools charter school expands its offerings to high school. The school's inaugural class is made up of 9th-grade students, and the plan is to add a new grade level each year.

The KIPP Tulsa University Prep High School office is located in North Hall 218. The office phone number is 918-594-8153.

KIPP, a San Francisco-based group that operates Knowledge is Power Program charters schools nationwide, opened in Tulsa in 2005.