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.

Over the next few years, we will be expanding our operations to include the management of four schools within the Carver Cluster.  These four schools will include Thomasville Heights Elementary School, Slater Elementary School, Price Middle School, and select schools at Carver High School and will form a Pre-K to 12th grade feeder pattern. Through PBSA, a non-profit formed to replicate Drew Charter School around Atlanta, these four schools will be implementing an instructional approach based on a proven model that has positioned Drew as one of the highest ranked schools in APS.

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 our schools with an average of over 8 years of teaching? 


Current Openings

current Open

We are now recruiting our team to lead Slater Elementary School and Price Middle School this fall. The Purpose Built Schools Atlanta team already includes a combination of former Drew leaders who bring a depth of knowledge about the academic model and teachers and staff from Thomasville Heights Elementary School and the rest of the country.

We are also currently hiring a Human Resources / Thomasville Heights Operations Manager who will have HR responsibilities for all PBS schools in Atlanta, as well as day-to-day operational accountability for Thomasville Heights.

For more information or to view the job posting, please follow the links below: 
   - Slater Elementary School: http://goo.gl/Oj9mYF
   - Price Middle School: http://goo.gl/XjDAqm
   - Human Resources / Thomasville Heights Operations Manager:  http://goo.gl/7q6ItZ


Learn more about what it’s like to work in a Purpose Built School. And when you're ready, submit your application to jobs@purposebuiltschools.org

Worried that we cherry-picked the best photos? Come visit Drew Charter School or Thomasville Heights Elementary 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.

Purpose Built Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status (as defined under the Immigration Reform and Control Act), disability, or veterans status. The American Disability Act requires the school to provide reasonable     accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.