Our Commitment to Racial Justice and Equity

As an organization, we at Purpose Built Schools Atlanta define ourselves as a group of individuals who are committed to racial justice and equity as the guiding principle of our work.  Our mission, vision, and core values affirm this commitment and make it central to everything we do. It literally drives our work every day.… Continue Reading →

The Dyslexia Resource at The Schenck School Provides Reading Services to Students at THES and Slater

In 2017, Day brought The Schenck School’s Head of School, Josh Clark, for a meeting at and tour of Slater Elementary. As a result of that meeting, an official partnership formed between The Schenck School and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta for Schenck to provide direct reading services to students through The Dyslexia Resource, an outreach program of The Schenck School. Continue Reading →

COR Brings Courage–And Essential Resources–to Carver STEAM Students During COVID-19

A recent CDC study showed that providing children who have experienced trauma with supportive, nurturing relationships can help prevent the long lasting effects of childhood trauma. A large percentage of students in south Atlanta have experienced childhood trauma, so Purpose Built Schools partnered with COR, an organization that offers social-emotional support programming to trauma-impacted students marginalized by poverty and race-based educational inequities. Continue Reading →

Building Bridges: How Urban Farming Formed an Unlikely Partnership

When Ayanna Burroughs, a teacher at Thomasville Heights Elementary School (THES), reached out to Tania Herbert, Urban Agriculture Coordinator at The Paideia School, she hoped to learn from Paideia’s thriving farm program so she could start one at THES. Both educators, located in very different parts of the city–southeast Atlanta and Druid Hills, wanted to encourage students to make change in their communities by learning how to decrease food insecurity through urban farming. Continue Reading →

CHRIS 180 Provides Mental Wellness to Students

When a student at Price Middle School was having trouble forming relationships with her peers, one of her teachers suspected she may benefit from counseling and made a referral to the school’s CHRIS 180 therapist. After several months in individual and group counseling sessions at school with her CHRIS 180 therapist, she experienced dramatic, positive improvements. Continue Reading →

Health Tips for Preventing COVID-19

As we continue navigating these unforeseen circumstances with COVID-19, our school nurses are here to help even while schools are closed. Please call Nurse Eversley or Nurse Richie for medical advice during school hours. Continue Reading →

PBSA Distributes Chromebooks to Families That Need Them During School Closures

Narrowing the digital divide– commonly defined as the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not– has never been more critical. Any technological equity gap can potentially worsen the inequality already plaguing many American schools. Therefore, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta is fully committed to ensuring that… Continue Reading →

The T.H.E. Take-Home Project: A Local Initiative to Serve the Community During COVID-19

Led by Tania Herbert, Urban Agriculture Coordinator at The Paideia School, and Javan Wyche, Director of After-School Programming at THES, the Thomasville Heights (T.H.E.) Take-Home Project mobilized volunteers and parents from the community to collect and then distribute APS breakfasts and lunches to THES students each morning in their own neighborhood. Continue Reading →

School Closures and Online Learning Resources

Atlanta Public Schools has closed all schools for in-person instruction through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all Purpose Built Schools: Thomasville Heights Elementary School, Slater Elementary School, Price Middle School and Carver STEAM. Continue Reading →