Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund Open KIPP San Antonio Commerce Campus
- Oct 27, 2014
By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor
Tennis star Andre Agassi and other leaders from the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund joined the opening celebration for the KIPP San Antonio Commerce Campus, the permanent home for two KIPP San Antonio schools and the first investment of the fund in the city.
The KIPP San Antonio Commerce Campus is located at 4343 W. Commerce St., west of San Antonio. The 103,000-square-foot campus has been converted from a big-box retail center that sits on seven acres in a dense residential neighborhood. It enrolls more than 1,300 students a year, ranging from kindergarten through 2nd grade and 5th through 12th grade.
The property was developed by the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, an investment fund that provides resources and real estate expertise to high-performing charter school operators across the nation.
“Since we launched Turner-Agassi more than three years ago, we’ve worked with some of the country’s best charter school operators to create the long-term facilities they need to grow,” said Bobby Turner, the fund’s co-managing partner and principal & CEO of Turner Impact Capital. “This project shows the transformational impact that these schools can have on entire neighborhoods: We’ve turned a vacant retail center into a thriving learning environment for hundreds of students.”
The KIPP San Antonio Commerce Campus represents Turner-Agassi’s first investment in San Antonio and the third partnership with the LIPP network. The campus consists of 70 classrooms, three computer labs and collaborative spaces for teachers. Space for student recreation, a gymnasium, a multipurpose room, an athletic field and an elementary school playground are also included.
“We are excited to be able to open our first permanent KIPP San Antonio campus on the west side of San Antonio, close to so many of our families,” said Mark Larson, founder & CEO of KIPP San Antonio. “This campus marks an important step in our ongoing growth as we continue to prove what is possible in urban public education. We are thankful for our partnership with Turner-Agassi that helped build this campus that will serve our students and families well for many years to come.”
Photo courtesy of Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund.