The neighborhoods of south Atlanta are full of untapped potential, but the schools have not always ensured opportunity for all the students in their care. So Atlanta Public Schools (APS) recognized it was time for a change and created the partnership model, an innovative approach to turning around schools.
APS transitioned the management of Thomasville Heights Elementary, Slater Elementary, Price Middle and Carver STEAM Academy–some of the district’s lowest-performing schools in some of the state’s lowest-income neighborhoods–to Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to give each school the support they need.
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.