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Purpose Built Schools Atlanta and Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta launch first-of-its-kind partnership

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.

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Teachers at THES Loop Grades to Provide Consistency for Students

Purpose Built Schools Atlanta strives to create a positive climate and culture where students feel known, accepted and supported. Providing consistency is a big part of that. But when children come from generational poverty, they face barriers that prevent them from experiencing that consistency in education, which can impede their ability to be successful in school. To break this cycle, a group of teachers at Thomasville Heights Elementary School have stayed with the same cohort of students year after year.

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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.

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Partnership School Model Puts Students on Path to Success

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.

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