Ride and Shine Schools Award - Administration
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate is a public charter school and part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school network. Instead of providing school buses, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate makes use of existing transit infrastructure to transport students to school. The school provides free weekly MARTA cards to students who are eligible to receive free and reduced lunch. In fact, KIPP purchases 300 MARTA cards for students each week — most students receive a free card, and some students qualify for a reduced price card.
KIPP found a creative solution to a complex problem— they chose a school location that was transit accessible and funded student ridership on MARTA trains and buses. Not only does KIPP’s MARTA card program get kids taking transit, the lack of an idling bus fleet has improved the air quality around their school!