A New Direction for Learning

Our program serves the Carver Cluster, which is a Pre-k to 12th grade pipeline with current enrollment of 1,900 with a capacity to grow to 3,000. The schools will be managed by Purpose Built Schools, but will continue to be public neighborhood schools, and will remain a part of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system.

Over the next two years Purpose Built Schools will begin management of Thomasville Heights Elementary School (2016); Slater Elementary School (2017); Price Middle School (2017); and Carver High School (2018). Each school has a student population that is 95% African-American and 95% low-income. All of the schools are in the bottom 5% of schools in the state in terms of academic performance. Most notably, Thomasville Heights has been the lowest-ranked elementary school in Georgia (1,280th out of 1,280 schools) for three straight years.

We’ll accomplish our mission by replicating the Drew school model that has had success in serving primarily low-income students. This model has powered Drew to becoming one of the highest-performing schools in APS. Drew’s low-income, minority students consistently outperform their higher income, majority peers in both APS and the state. We expect to achieve the same results throughout our network.

Purpose Built Schools Offer Student Support Staff

We have invested significant resources to offer a holistic approach to supporting students and the challenges they may face outside of school. Student resources include:

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Builds strong relationships with the parents, community, businesses, and organizations around the city.

Social Worker
Identifies supports inside and outside of the school that can help a student be ready to learn.

Partners with students to work through social or emotional issues as they arise.

Parent Liaison
Cultivates strong relationships with the parent community, keeping them informed and engaged with how the school serves the body.

Serves each child’s physical needs that may affect his or her ability to focus in school and seeks solutions that may be addressing the broader student population.

Opportunity Gap Specialist
Works with each child to understand and find solutions to barriers to learning.