An adage I heard once taught me that there are two types of people. One looks out at a barren, desolate terrain and feels despair and hopelessness. The other looks out at that same landscape and sees endless opportunities and possibilities. The former generally makes excuses about what “could have been,” and how they are cursed by bad luck, while the latter works to create a new reality.
Last fall, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta to provide a “learning pod” for approximately 70 students who were identified as having the potential to benefit from additional learning resources in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The club is serving as a distance-learning hub where students of all grade levels can come during the school day to do online classes.
Price Middle School students created new student handbooks for their first project-based learning (PBL) unit of the year. By examining local politics, the pandemic and social justice, students worked together to develop a set of shared school principles, policies and processes to help create a positive school culture–in person and online.
For the first time ever, rugby has come to south Atlanta. Purpose Built Schools Atlanta has partnered with Atlanta Youth Rugby (AYR) to create the first co-ed rugby team at Price Middle School and Slater Elementary School.
Atlanta’s partnership with Purpose Built Schools broke new ground for both APS and Georgia. Jovan Miles, principal of Thomasville Heights Elementary School, shared the benefits of the partnership school model in a guest column on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s education blog, Get Schooled.
From Carver to Price, Slater to Thomasville Heights, our team of educators have a passion for turning around schools, impacting families and our community, and deliberately changing the trajectory of students. But with this work comes challenges. Life inside a turnaround school is incredibly meaningful, but there are daily obstacles that each of our teachers … Continue Reading →
The Price Middle School Green Squad helps students see themselves as change agents. Every Friday morning, the group meets to learn lessons about the environment and what is happening around the world. “The Green Squad is a great example of why Purpose Built Schools invests in enriching programs beyond the classroom,” says Luqman Abdur-Rahman, principal … Continue Reading →
Ms. Marian Edmonds, a teacher at Price Middle School, was on cafeteria duty in the fall of 2017 when she pulled out a chess board. The kids seemed interested, so she taught a few to play. A few turned into more, and the Price chess team was formed.
In the 2016-2017 school year, Thomasville Heights Elementary School underwent a transformation through a partnership between Purpose Built Schools and Atlanta Public Schools. The first year of this partnership was a great success, with a new culture fostering stronger sense of community, services for children and families and higher student achievement.