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Charles R. Drew Charter School

Charter | PK-8

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 6, 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


Posted November 19, 2007

overall 5 star This the best middle school in aps
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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95%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

76 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

79 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

79 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

79 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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96%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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98%

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94%

2010

 
 
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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 92% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 89% 37%
White 5% 44%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/A51%
Female 52%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Nicholas Stapleton
Fax number
  • (404) 687-0480

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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301 E Lake Blvd SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
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