A New Direction for Learning
Our program serves the Carver Cluster, which is a Pre-k to 12th grade pipeline with current enrollment of 1,900 with a capacity to grow to 3,000. The schools will be managed by Purpose Built Schools, but will continue to be public neighborhood schools, and will remain a part of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system.
Over the next two years Purpose Built Schools will begin management of Thomasville Heights Elementary School (2016); Slater Elementary School (2017); Price Middle School (2017); and Carver High School (2018). Each school has a student population that is 95% African-American and 95% low-income. All of the schools are in the bottom 5% of schools in the state in terms of academic performance. Most notably, Thomasville Heights has been the lowest-ranked elementary school in Georgia (1,280th out of 1,280 schools) for three straight years.
We’ll accomplish our mission by replicating the Drew school model that has had success in serving primarily low-income students. This model has powered Drew to becoming one of the highest-performing schools in APS. Drew’s low-income, minority students consistently outperform their higher income, majority peers in both APS and the state. We expect to achieve the same results throughout our network.