High School Moves to College Campus Creating Pipeline to Higher Education – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Students returned to school in North Texas with the usual mix of excitement and nervousness.

Maybe that felt a bit more here at Kipp Oak Cliff Academy, the high school opened this week on a college campus.

“It’s great, you’re in a new environment, you feel comfortable, safer, happier. I’m happy in the building,” said Valeria Reyes, a student.

Oak Cliff Academy is now inside one of the buildings that was not in use at Paul Quinn College.

Now, high school students don’t just take college courses in high school, but take them to a college campus, and the college receives a pipeline of new students.

School administrators say they are already seeing the synergy.

“I’m actually going to know this student. ‘Oh, we’re cool, he helped me with math’, and so now we have this direct lifeline that we know specifically for students of color accessing the room and feel like having an advocacy and connection point in colleges really makes the difference between staying and finishing or leaving early,” said Wauneta Van, Principal of KIPP Oak Cliff Academy.

You may have heard that Paul Quinn College has also partnered with Dallas ISD to create an on-campus college.

“We have created a pathway for each member of this family to improve their status in life,” said Michael Sorrells, president of Paul Quinn College.

Dallas ISD also hopes to add a high school here, it’s all part of the master plan to better connect this historically black college to its community and help students know what it can offer them in life, whether at this school or another one.

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