Phillips Academy Andover looks more like a college campus than a traditional high school. Of course, it is one of the nation’s most prestigious college-prep boarding schools.
It’s also where one graduate of the Knowledge Is Power Program in Oklahoma City will head this month to continue her studies.
Alexis Walker was accepted to the school in Andover, Mass., which happens to be my husband’s hometown. He attended the town’s public high school, but he still showed me the boarding school from the outside during one of my visits.
A few interesting facts he shared with me about the campus: It’s where high-profile people like Presidents George W. Bush and John F. Kennedy, Jr., as well as New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went to school. It’s also where Uncle Tom’s Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe is buried.
Four of Walker’s classmates also were accepted to selective boarding schools, KIPP spokeswoman Mautra Jones said.
From left to right: Annetta O’Leru, Karice King, Kadijah Newton, Christian Walker and Alexis Walker.
-Annetta O’Leru, St. George’s in Newport, R.I.
-Karice King, Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill.
-Kadijah Newton, Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va.
-Christian Walker, The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn.
The students all received scholarships worth $35,000 or more per year to attend. Jones said 29 students have received almost $2.5 million in scholarships to boarding and private high schools since 2006 when KIPP graduated its first class.