Drew’s low-income students outperform their higher income peers across the city and state. Learn more here.

Drew’s low-income students outperform their higher income peers across the city and state. Learn more here.

Drew’s low-income students outperform their higher income peers across the city and state. Learn more here.

Drew’s low-income students outperform their higher income peers across the city and state. Learn more here.

Drew’s low-income students outperform their higher income peers across the city and state. Learn more here.

Drew’s low-income students outperform their higher income peers across the city and state. Learn more here.

We partner with communities to support high-performing neighborhood schools based on Drew Charter School

About purpose built schools


Purpose Built Schools is a locally-based non-profit committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through high-performing schools. We partner with communities around the country to support high-performing neighborhood schools based on Drew Charter School's academic model. We are a philanthropically funded organization that grew out of the holistic neighborhood transformation efforts of the East Lake Foundation, Purpose Built Communities and Charles R. Drew Charter School. Our staff is comprised of professional educators and community developers with decades of experience achieving extraordinary results in neighborhood public schools in low income communities.

While you will be able to watch videos on this website and learn more about our philosophy, we feel the best way to get to know us is to visit us at Drew Charter School. Please reach out to us at schools@purposebuiltcommunities.org to arrange a time that works for you.

A day in the life: THE 3RD GRADE PROJECT ON ATLANTA'S "SNOWPOCALYPSE"

3rd graders along with Drew teachers share how they studied thermal energy and persuasive writing through the lens of Atlanta’s recent “Snowpocalypse.” This video also describes Purpose Built Schools' STEAM approach to education.

Watch more videos here.

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NOW HIRING

Do you love nurturing inquisitive students? 

Believe that all kids deserve an education that goes “beyond the test”?

Want to join a network with diverse teachers who come in to Drew with an average of over 8 years of teaching? 

We are now recruiting our team to partner with Thomasville Heights Elementary School this fall. The team already includes a combination of Thomasville Heights staff who bring a depth of knowledge about the Thomasville community, and leadership from Drew Charter School who bring experience executing on the Drew Model.

The leadership team at Thomasville Heights will include current Drew Elementary Academy Principal Barbara Preuss, and current Drew Director of Talent and former Toomer Elementary Principal Nicole Jones.

Here are the roles we are currently recruiting for:

  • Assistant Teachers and Paraprofessionals for all grade levels plus Math and Literacy Labs

  • Math Lab Teacher

  • Literacy Lab Teacher

  • Band/Orchestra Teacher

Learn more about what it’s like to work in a Purpose Built School. And when you’re ready, send your resume, cover letter, and a one-page writing sample to prioritypositions@purposebuiltcommunities.org.
Worried that we cherry-picked the best photos? Come visit Drew Charter School in Atlanta. We’ve stumbled upon students building race cars, learning to play the xylophone, and creating paper-mache “visual puns” during the thick of standardized testing season. We are sure you’ll find something that speaks to you, no matter when you visit.