By: Alicia Sands Lurry
Earlier this week, hundreds of bright-eyed students at Thomasville Heights Elementary School were greeted with smiling faces as they entered freshly painted doors, excited and ready to learn on their first day of school. School started for these youngsters on Wednesday, July 27 – one week sooner than the rest of Atlanta Public Schools students, who begin Day One on Aug. 3.
From the looks of it, students at Thomasville Heights have every reason to be excited. Thanks to a new partnership model with Purpose Built Schools, Thomasville Heights is now a school on a mission. With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and project-based learning, Thomasville Heights is designed to replicate the success of Drew Charter School. Purpose Built now serves as the partner organization responsible for the instructional and operational management of both schools.
To ensure successful student outcomes, Thomasville Heights will continue its pre-K program and offer several enrichment classes such as dance, music, art, robotics, technology and Spanish, as well as literacy and math intervention and an after-school program. Social-emotional learning is also part of the curriculum.
Dr. Nicole Evans Jones, chief operating officer, said this school year marks a special beginning for Thomasville Heights.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to meet all of our kids and families and deliver the Drew model to some very deserving students,” Dr. Jones said. “We look forward to providing improved outcomes. This is a great partnership.”