The 2021-22 school year was the fourth full year of operating the complete PreK – 12 pipeline of schools. In Progress with Purpose, we look back at the many gains our schools have made. The APS-PBSA partnership has resulted in strong student growth, more stable schools with student-centered cultures and increased caregiver engagement, and unprecedented equity-based investments.View Progress Report Online
Carver STEAM Academy has increased its graduation rate by 10.3 percentage points in the four years since APS partnered with Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to run Carver STEAM. This is the largest improvement in graduation rate of any other high school in the district over this four-year period (2018-2022).
We are making noteworthy gains on the APS Challenge Index, which measures schools’ ability to “beat the odds” based on their student demographics. For the first time in more than six years, two of our schools outperformed schools in the district that serve student populations with similar income levels.
Thomasville Heights Elementary School
From SY16-SY22, Thomasville Heights Elementary School made the second largest gain on the Challenge Index of any APS elementary school based on math and ELA scores.
Price Middle School
From SY17-SY22, Price Middle School made the largest gain on the Challenge Index of any APS middle school based on math and ELA scores.
Prior to the pandemic, we had made huge gains in student transiency across all of our schools. Even with the closure of Forest Cove Apartments and the subsequent closure of Thomasville Heights Elementary School, we are confident that we will make gains again as students settle back into school life following the pandemic.
With an intentional focus on restorative justice, we reduced out-of-school suspensions by 40% across all four schools prior to the pandemic.