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PK-8
Public charter
Atlanta, GA
Students enrolled: 882

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301 E Lake Blvd SE
Atlanta, GA 30317

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December 18, 2014
I picked Drew due to my little sister thriving while attending. She is now in the 11th Grade. My son has really been struggling his last 2 years at Drew and it seems that most students from single parents households are slowly diminishing from the schools population. Drew's kindergarten program is phenomenal but when your child reaches 2nd grade, the teachers seem to no longer care. I pray things get better and I have faith that our family will beat the politics of what the school is attempting to do.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
Do not waste your time on the PreK lottery. The only children that get in are siblings of current students and little ones coming from the feeder daycare program. Big fat waste of time to do their "lottery" - you will not get in!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
We have absolutely LOVED our experience at Drew. My son has made so many friends over the years. He has learned to adapt to new situations and work collaboratively with others. The two specials that he has during the day give him exposure to different things that he wouldn't ordinarily have tried. My engineer uncle was amazed that my 7 year old was able to make a perspective drawing at such a young age and is actually using power tools to build things in school. As he gets older I know that he will be fully aware of all of his options in life. The day is about an hour longer than traditional schools but for us it's worth it and honestly my son has never noticed that the day is a bit longer.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
The instructional program at Drew Charter Junior Academy is academically rigorous, but at the same time, incredibly supportive and the teachers and staff have created a warm and caring culture. The building and resources at the Junior/Senior Academy are absolutely phenomenal! This is our first year at Drew and we look forward to our son graduating from Drew.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2014
I had my child a Drew last year before we moved to Decatur. If anyone is trying to decide between the two, I found Decatur City Schools to be a better fit for my family. Drew is getting sooo big, which is a negative in my opinion. (Have fun at drop-off and pick-up and don't plan on having any of your kids friends in the same class when there are 7 classes in one grade.) Seriously, Drew is fine, but the long school day, 8-4, is a bit much for younger kids. And while the extra time is spent on extracurricular activities like music or art, I felt like my child was never going to become proficient at any thing since they switch classes a couple times each semester. I'd rather have my child out of school at 2:45 in time to go to lessons, whether swimming, piano, etc., where I know he will actually have time to fully develop his skills. Just my two cents.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
I am and student and from y perspective Drew is amazing especially with the new high school coming Drew will be academically unstoppable. I love this school and its staff and I plan on never leaving until I graduate from its life changing " Cradle To College Program" By the way so you can marvel at my education I am in 7th grade and am using a laptop from our grant and partnership with Echo.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2013
Drew is a breathe of fresh air. This is our first year and already it's like night and day from where we came from. Both kids are in TAG but have been introduced to some pretty incredible things that expand way beyond. Very pleased and happy to have them as a partner in my childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
I attended Drew Charter from grades 2nd to 8th (2001-2008) and I must say it was a great experience! All of my teachers were very helpful in many different ways. The teachers there encouraged me to move forward and to do my best even if I didn't know what I was doing. Even though I have graduated from there and high school, I still go up to visit my old teachers that are still there because they still care and it shows.

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2013
We are in our 4th year at Drew Charter School and I can't say enough great things about the school. We have a very supportive staff and great parents. The kids have been exposed to so many great opportunities that they otherwise would not have experienced. We are very lucky to have found this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Drew Charter school is a 5 star school! It is a top notch academic school with concerned faculty and supporting staff. The security team is ever present and my kids are safe. I only wish there was a Drew University.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
My daughter started with Drew in Pre-K... I must admit the expectation level academically is above and beyond what I experienced growing up in the City of Decatur School System which was then and now a very good school system. I love the challenge that is placed on the kids to get them to think outside of the box and their own comfort levels. Although this school challenge my child to be her absolute best... at times, I find myself being challenged with science and social studies projects as well. My daughter is now in 3rd grade and I have enjoyed almost all of her teachers with the exception of one up to this point. Overall I think Drew is an excellent school however, I have found it a little perplexing that as the demographics of the area changed so has the schools in this area as all schools educationally should be equal.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
Our daughters started Drew six months ago after we relocated from a top performing school in the North. Friends advised that if we were moving to GA, to only consider private or public schools in the suburbs. We're so glad we chose to live in town and most importantly, Drew. So far we have zero regrets. Our experiences have been nothing but positive. Our daughters' teachers are well educated, professional and truly care about their students. The ongoing feedback the parents receive, make it virtually impossible for a student to slip through the cracks. And if a child requires remediation, the resources are there. I'm also impressed that despite the size, the administrators know many students by name. The STEAM curriculum is commended considering that many schools are phasing out art/music enrichment. Moreover, our daughters' friends are much more diverse not only in race, but socioeconomics; something we feel are invaluable. The approved high school is icing on the cake. I used to joke that Drew was the best kept secret, but my husband says the secret is out.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Both of my children are currently at this school. We have been thoroughly impressed. Not only are the teachers and administration thoroughly involved, but the curriculum is truly unique for Atlanta. Furthermore, the after school program is the outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
About 6 months ago we transferred 2 kids from private school to Drew. Obviously we were nervous about what type of education our kids would receive here. Well, so far its been great, far surpassing our expectations. If things continue to go this well we will be here until high school graduation. I m keeping my fingers crossed.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
My child just completed his first year at Drew Charter School and I have been impressed. My husband and I have been very involved in the school. We believe that parent involvement is what contributes to a great school. My son's teacher was very enthusiastic about teaching and that translated into a child that is very enthusiastic about learning. Drew Charter School offers many opportunities for enrichment that can't be found at other APS schools and even some private schools. Drew Charter School does a great job of nurturing well-rounded children that excel academically. I look forward to my second child joining the school in a few years.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
I don't think this is a bad school at all but I have to agree, the principal does seem very detach from the students but all in all I want to focus on the positive and to me, it is a great school! My son use to go to another school closer to our home and really didn't like school much but when I transfered him over to Drew his entire perspective changed. This is probably because he was around teachers that cared about him and was very concerned with him. He is now at Tech High Charter but I just want to say thank you to the teacher and staff at Drew. Keep up the good work!!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
I am horrified by what I've seen of Drew so far. My children do not attend; rather, I am often running on the track at the East Lake YMCA while they are in the gym. I have sometimes been so disgusted by what I've seen occur that I've had to leave the track and go work out in another area so I don't have to be witness to it. This afternoon, I watched as about fifteen students, who looked to be between 8 and 10, were sent to the gym. The teacher yelled at them for speaking too loudly and then left the gym for fifteen minutes. While he was gone, another teacher looked at his record book, not once looking up at the kids or engaging with them. During this whole time, the children were expected to remain silent and seated. I don't know what kind of educational philosophy this is based on, but I'd call it cruel and unusual punishment. The teachers I have seen educate the children in a military- school style, berating them for talking and making them sit still and silently for longer periods of time than is developmentally appropriate. . I always feel terrible for the children after seeing these kinds of things.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
THIS IS MY DAUGHTER'S SECOND YEAR AT DREW AND I AM THOROUGHLY SATISFIED WITH IT. THE ACADEMIC STANDARDS ARE AS HIGH, IF NOT HIGHER THAN THE PRIVATE SCHOOL SHE'D ATTENDED. THE TECHNOLOGY SURPASSES HER FORMER SCHOOL BY A LONG SHOT. THE SELECTION OF "SPECIALS" IS UNBELIEVABLE:CHORUS,SWIMMING,GOLF,VIOLIN,ETC...INITIALLY I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING TO ENROLL HER IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL(COMING FROM PRIVATE SCHOOL) BUT AFTER THE INITIAL INTERVIEW AND TOUR OF DREW, I FELT EXTREMELY CONFIDENT AND BLESSED TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR MY CHILD. I AM EVEN IMPRESSED WITH THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT;IT'S PHENOMENAL!!! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND DREW CHARTER TO ANYONE SEEKING A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. OH YEAH, PLEASE NOT LET ME FORGET THE STAFF, THEY ARE GREAT AS WELL; FROM THE CUSTODIAL, CAFETERIA, TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF. THEY ALL ARE EXCEPTIONAL!!! and kudos to the after school program too-its the next best thing to your child being cared for by you or a trusted relative: they cover academics as well as life coping classes and other enrichment courses that otherwise cost a fortune.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
The problem with the Drew Charter School is there are too many ignorant people hired to work there . Some of the teachers are loud, nosey and intrusive. It doesn't set a good example for the students, if you yell and scream at them to get your point across. Visit the parking lot in the mornings and you will even see top administrators yelling and screaming at people. One of the people who was hired or acquired to direct traffic in the mornings screamed "shut the f___ up" to one of the parents driving a car and this was right in front of all the students. Not exactly the type of wholesome environment you want to send your kids to every day.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
This is by far one of the best schools in the Atlanta area. We have three chrildren that attend Drew. We've had experiences with our children attending another charter school and a Fulton county school. Drew is innovative in its program offerings, and has resources that only private schools might have. Our children are being challenged in the classroom and are excited about learning. Drew is not perfect. No school is. Most of the staff and administrayion have not settled for merely passing, but push our kids to be their very best..

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
I am so impressed with this school. From the moment you walk in the door the ladies at the front are total on top of every situation. They know most of the kids names and where they are supposed to be. All the staff and teachers are very interactive. They are firm with the rules and have expect ions for their students, which I appreciate. I saw some complaints about the principal not being involved in everyday activities. He is the head principal and there are principals of each "academy" that are very involved. His main job seems to be administration and fundraising...which he seems to be incredible at. I'm thrilled to live in neighborhood where there are two good elementary school options and that both are improving through active community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
The Principal ( Don Doran ) has to be the worse Principal in the world!!!!!! He is only interactive while directing traffic. You should never expect him to resolve any concerns you may have. He is completely oblivious to what goes on in the classrooms at the school and frankly he can careless. He is very similar to a groundskeeper. He only cares about the appearance of the school to it WHITE sponsors. Don Doran is so detached from the daily functions of the school and the students it's ridiculous. This is a terrible SCHOOL. Now that is with all HONESTY!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
Great School!!! My Nieces take FREE Ballet classes with a lot of these students at The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance in Atlantic Station and they are all GREAT KIDS!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
My son is in the Gifted Program, but strangely he was the only Gifted child in his class. The poor quality of teachers far out weigh the cirricular. And there's no accountabilty. Im not sure whose interest the people running the school have, but it certainly wasn't my son's. I would stay with my child the entire day to ensure his safety. This teacher broke his spirit which effected his self esteem and absolutely nothing was done. My son had been physically, emotionally, and verbally abused at this educational institution. Complaints and concerns fell on death ears time and time again. My son has a 95% and a100% average in 2 subjects in Sept, by that Oct on his report card he recieved C's in both these subjects. Naturally I was shocked because grades had drastically changed in a matter of weeks without any notice. I was present at the school on a daily basis. At recess my son was playing football along w 2 other boys,doing the exact samething when only my son was picked out. She did this while I wasright there as if I was going to allow her to single him in my presence. She had a lot of nerve. I saught an explaination from administration, they had none execept she didnt know(cont)

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
On paper this school is one of the best. But in reality not so much. We moved to Atlanta not knowing any one or anything about the city. We looked at this web site and choose to move to the East Lake area because of the school and what we had read about how great it was. For the first year it was good, His teacher was wonderful 3/4 of the year the school year my son was not looking forward to school and talked about wanting to move to a new school. When a 6 year old is saying things like that its a sign something is not right. I found out he was being bullied. I went to the teachers and principal and was told it was nothing and it had been dealt with. By the end of the school year it was fixed but the damage was done. The start of the new school year was hard as now I had 2 in the school and the eldest really didn't want to go back there. Other issues came up this time with my younger son. I was told that this was not my base school and so they couldn't give my son the help and support he needed. Knowing that I withdrew the boys 3 weeks into the new school year. The lack of understanding and compassion was undeliverable. But I had no choice.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
I visited Drew Charter School with the 2010 GPEE (Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education) and I fell in love with the entire concept. I loved what I saw so much that I took my husband (who is a 5th grade teacher) and my sons (ages 11 and 8) back for a tour. They loved it too! We currently live in a rural community and just to see the opportunities available for these students and their parents via a public school is indeed heartwarming and very encouraging. As an educator, my husband was impressed with the overall environment, the projects on display and our observation of the students and the teachers interacting. My sons were impressed with the projects they saw and the plethora of extra curricular activities to choose from. They were excited to know that foreign language, music AND sports are available. Our prayer is that we can move to the Atlanta area so that our sons can be a part of the Drew Academy and if my husband can teach there, he is ready to sign up! God Bless everyone there for what are doing everyday for every student!

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2010
I absolutely love Drew Charter School. My child has attended Drew since she was in 6th grade and she LOVES Drew Charter and the teachers. I have found that the teachers have been consistent since she has been there on every grade level. My child has been in regular public school in Atlanta and Dekalb, and out of all the schools I find Drew the best thus far. The teachers care and show an interest in the students excelling. I also like Drew for the extracurricular activities that they provide which in turn will provide a well rounded child. From the chorus performing at different locations, to the band and dance team, the Jr. BETA Club and the bike club. Every school isn't perfect in every area but at Drew Charter I see that they try to work out any issue that arises. So we as the parents of the students shouldn't expect the teachers and staff to raise our kids, we should only expect them to teach them. Drew Charter keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
I love Drew Charter. My child is in the 1st grade and I have had lots of interactions with the teachers in the school, because I volunteer heavily. The one disappointment has nothing to do with the school, but everything to do with the lack of parental involvement. Granted part of this is because there has not been an active PTA but now that there is, hopefully more parents will step up. The same parents are always there. But overall the principal, and the teachers I find care about the students and want to help.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
I read all the previous reviews and glad other parents have had a great experience @ Drew. The kids' opinion of the school speaks volumes. My son hates both his teachers and school. How sad for a child. Its not only my son, but other kids felt the same after being asked. I for one am very active- PTA, volunteer @ school, and helped my child prepare for the CRCT. My child has attended for a number of years and I'm there enough to see the behind the scenes. Positive re-enforcement, compassion, and a genuine love and respect for kids and being a teacher/role model is ABSOLUTELY LACKING! The school is full because the teachers and staffs' kids who are out of district attend so priority is not giving to those of East Lake Villages. Is sad cause ppl responsible for the quality of teachers our kids encounter rather make excuses.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2010
I love Charles Drew Charter School. My son, who attended private school in elementary, only attended the Junior Academy and graduated June 2010. This school is structured with a warm and nuturing environment. My concern with Drew Charter is mimimum parent involvement. Many parents complain all the time but they do not place their children as priority. For example, they complain about the teachers but they dont come to PTA nor volunteer at school. Some parents complain about the CRCT but they dont spend $16 on a review book ,however, their child wears $200 Jordan's and $100 jeans. Wake Up Parents! Don Duran is an "excellent" principal(check his work history) and while the staff is not perfect, they could be better if we discipline our children at home and prepare them for school DAILY! Dr Bowen is also superb with the Beta Club and Mr Pomeroy is "The Best!" GF

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2010
I have 3 children that attend Drew Charter School. Coming from a neighborhood Atlanta Public school, I could not have asked for anything better short of putting my kids in Private School. I have recommended Drew to many other parents who have had diffculty getting accepted. I am so thankful mine are in and doing so well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2010
I give this school Five stars! I have 3 children who is and have been apart of Charles R Drew Charter school. My senior graduates this year in May and I have a sophmore both of whom graduated from Drew. Last year in 2009 Drew implemented a preschool program and I have the honor to say that my 3yr old is the first class. I am very pleased with the progress that my children has made being part of a school which shows Academic Excellence. My sophmore has been on the honor roll since starting Drew in the 5th grade!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2009
Drew Charter is an excellent school. The staff takes a special interest in students.

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September 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
Charles R. Drew is a wonderful school My son has been there for three years i have some issues with management, the principal and some of the administration, I love the teachers and the nurse they do a wonderful job keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
I am a parent, volunteer, and employee of edison schools. My child attends Charles R. Drew Charter. From my experience, the the plans put in place are often not carried out, orginization is poor, and their is very limited resources and services for families and students of Drew. For instance, I requested of my child's teacher and 3 administrators to have a Student Support Team meeting, as intervention was needed to help implement a individualized plan for my child and to encourage successful communication with her indifferent teacher. I requested both verbally and with no notes on several occassions, even mentioning it in a school meeting afterschool to the assistat principal, but received no action. It appears positive reinforcement is not used to encourage children, nor re there any interventions used when a child is having problems (at least not in my case). Instead, they would rather suspend the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 25, 2008
i think drew is a dynamic school it exposes my kids to so much i love drew charter school

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
My son is attending the 1st grade at Drew. This is our first year and we are LOVING it! The teacher is WONDERFUL and the staff and admistration is great. They listen to concerns and try to fix problems that may arise in a very timely matter. Anytime you visit the school you are always greeted and made to feel very welcome. I am so glad to be a part of such a WONDERFUL school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
I have had 3 kids to gradute & 2 currently enrolled in Drew and I know this is an excellent school with an awesome cirriculum. I encourage you to try for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2008
I have twins, a daughter and a son. My son goes to Coan and my daughter goes to Drew. My son comes home with homework assignments that I find challenging and hard wile my daughter does baby stuff. He recieved higher test scores than she did and is happy to attend Coan. He like his principal and she does not. His teachers are always calling me and hers does not. I taught charter schools were better. Not in this case, maybe the principal should walk down the street and visit Dr. Williams and Coan. I am moving my daughter to Coan.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
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July 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2008
This is an awful school. The teachers are lazy. The principle is rude and talks down to everyone. The academics are failing. I have 2 children who attend and their education has suffered. This is not a good school period.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
After searching for a quality learning experience in the APS System, we found that Charles R. Drew was far beyond note worthy. The opportunities and Drew are rich. The best prepared students can continue their education at selected top eschalon high schools both public and private. Families who choose to foster and build relationships with administration, faculty and staff will find that Drew's doors are always open. By the way, it is okay not to agree to issues and have differences of opinions and views without repercussions. Parents are utimately responsible for sending their children to school with a ready attitude to learn. We have no second thoughts, with our choice of Drew. This eminates from the on point and steadfast leadership of the school's administrator, loyal faculty and staff. Their committment to make a difference to all the students and their families only serves to reinforce our choice of Drew.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
As a parent, professional, and one of the community leaders in the area, i feel compelled to comment on the failing performance of this once striving establishment. I believe that success for our youth begins with the leadership, staff, and community (parents) as a whole. I am highly displeased with the current principal Dr. Stapleton as in a few occassions as i have visited Charles R. Drew and have found that the principal has demeaning and unprofessional mannerisms towards his staff, the children, and even some parents. I assure you this is not a message of personal attack. I have a child that had attended this establishment and i am highly disappointed of the high percentage of educator turnover, the undocumented disciplinary situations, and the nonchalant attitude of the principal. It appears that with the lack of competent leadership comes an alarming degradation of acedemic performance. The Board will be notified.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
I would just like to say that this school was built with the community in mind, i love that about the school. My daughter attended 6-8 grades and i really didn't like the Jr. High part of the school because my daughter had three different teachers in one year, and the kids are not respectful at all their very rude and most of the time the teachers could not con troll the students, i would say when it comes down to those Jr. high school kids, BE AWARE.... I also found that the teachers were young teaching the Jr. High kids and most of the time they were know different than the kids, i found them flirting, and playing around with each other just the the kids, The other half of the school is totally different, the pre-k to 5 grades i found to be hard working teachers. Excellent education and programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
Once Charles R. Drew decides to remove all the administrators in the building and replace them with patient, positive and professional leaders, then the school will rise to the outstanding caliber that it once was (2002-2004). Great afterschool program! You can't beat the price for the activities offered in this program.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
Charles R. Drew Charter School is a great school to attend. I have been attending this school since I was in the 2nd grade. The school's curriculum is excellent, and so are all the extracurricular activities that are mentioned. If your child was smart, then they would be in programs such as the BETA Club, and SGA. If your child was SMART then they would be placed in advance placement courses based off their CRCT scores. The counselor there is great, and the administration does a fab job. The students there are well disciplined, but then again, tell me a place where you wouldnt find bad students. People, be real. Get real. Drew is a great place to send your child if they are academically motivated and want to learn.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 06, 2007
My daughter went to kindergarden here until the end of November. The only thing I liked about the school was the after school program activities through the YMCA. The teacher and her assistant were millitant/mean. The after school program would not verify id during pick up. Each time I went to the childrens rest rooms they were unkept and the soap dispensors never worked. The principal was impersonal and unresponsive to suggestions to improve the school. When my daughter started this school I began looking for a better school right away because I knew I did not want her to spend her elementary years here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2007
overall 5 star This the best middle school in aps

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
We recently moved here from another state well the school system was great , luckily I found Drew Charter for my kids. The school is great but I have notice the turnover rate with some of the teachers is high because my daughter had three different teachers within one semester and the dismissal policy is terrible maybe if they get rid of the principle it would solve some of the problems. Just knowing anyone can come up to the school and just give a childs name and receive that child is harm warning to me. A caring parent

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
I think Drew is a great institution. My children have attended an Edison throughout their elementary and junior high school careers. As a parent, it is my responsibility to work with the teachers and be a major part in my childrens education. I have never had an issue with contacting a teacher or just showing up to check on my childrens progress. Majority of the teachers at Drew are very loving and supportive of the children. They are not there for a check, but because of their passion and commitment in educating these children. This is from their homebase teacher to their drama, spanish or dance teacher. My only issue with Drew is the principal. I have built a great relationship with the teachers, but it is a very short relationship (one school year). Due to the principals methods, they leave.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
The last school year was a complete and utter diaster. My child was making great grades, and I was told by teachers that she was doing well in every subject. The packets that were given out during the school year had no impact on her learning, nor did it help on the CRCT. I think that it was all a waste. I feel some teachers have no interest in motivating our children to learn. Some of us parents do everything we can to motivate our kids, but if the teachers are negative, it rubs off on the kids, and they feel they don't have to try, because some of these teachers don't care. The administration needs to be reviewed, and teachers need to be screened well, to find out why they are teaching.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
My daughter began Drew in 2004. That had been the best year every. She loved going to school enjoying the wonderful teachers and students. Now my daughter has advance to a higher level at Drew and I'm so disappointed in the way this has been ran. The communication skills has been shot! Everyone wants to be cool! No professional skill at all. What happen! My daughter ask me everyday will she have to go back. I just don't understand what is going on. Please come back to a friendly atmosphere. I really think the kids would love that. Every time I see other parent I never a positive conversation about Drew. It always something going on.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Where Drew is untouchable in academics, the lack of enthusiasm in the children is something to be examined. Parental involvement is at its all-time low and it has alot to do with the atmosphere of the administration. There are several staff members looking for an out due to the lack of structure and discipline from students and nonenforcement of rules. With proper guidance and the key parental piece Drew could be off the charts.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
This is the best school in the Atlanta Public Schools district. I enjoyed the experience at this school. The teach golf, tennis, swimming lessons, and so much more.

- submitted by a former student
October 23, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 26, 2006
This school's principal has taken great strides to ensure that his teaching staff is comprised of 'highly qualified' teachers. The list of extra-curricular activities provided by the school is superb: golf, swimming, tennis, poetry club, dance, tutoring, Beta Club, Student Government, and the list goes on!

- submitted by a teacher
May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
My daughter was enrolled at Drew Charter in december of 2005 and her academic progress has increased temendously. My daughter has developed a greater passion for Science with her new teacher. The students at drew are taught on a whole different level from other public schools. I am glade we finally made the transistion. It's worth the experiance. I highly recommend this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2005
Charles R. Drew is truely the best public school in Georgia as proven by the test scores. As my child grows with Drew (the school is 6 yrs. old), I see the amazing results. Having the extended day and year and before and after school programs, I feel my child is receiving a world class experience. The building is beautiful and the students use a 7 million dollar YMCA for PE and take golf on a PGA course. I encourage you to visit Drew and be fully involved in this community based school. I look forward to my child receiving a full scholarship to an elite high school, that I would never be able to do on my own! I can't say enough.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
I have been a parent of Charles Drew Charter School for 2 years and I have seen spectacular results in my child. He has excelled in every area especially in reading and arithmatic. They have wonderful programs that many of the parents shoudl take advantage of. The staff is great and they are very interactive with the training and discipline of the children. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2004
The good: extended school day, uniforms, clean building, nice facilities, state-of-the-art learning resources. The bad: All in all, I've found Drew Charter School to be a dismal disappointment. I've heard great things about the Elementary 'Academy,' but the Junior Academy (7th and 8th grades) leaves much to be desired. While my daughter does have a few teachers who truly care and are committed to education, there are just as many who are highly unorganized, uncaring, unprofessional and seem to have no true passion for teaching. There have been 2, 3, or 4 days in a row where she's had no homework, took no class notes, no quizzes, etc. When asked what she's done in school, her response is interpreted as 'busy work.' These same teachers when they do teach, will start another lesson without ever completing the previous lesson. When they don't feel like teaching, or have papers to grade, they'll just have the students read on their own for the entire period! Based on what my child has experienced there, I would never recommend this school to the parents of a middle school student.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2003
This is the best school overall in the Atlanta Area. I am sorry my daughter is graduating this year from Middle School into High School. If you are looking for a school to bring out the best in your child. Consider Charles R Drew.

- submitted by a parent
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Charles R. Drew Charter School
301 E Lake Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA  30317
(404) 687-0001
Last modified Charles R. Drew Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charles R. Drew Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top