Charles R. Drew Jr. Charter Schools (2013)

Atlanta, GA

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The Charles R. Drew Charter School (Drew), opened in 2000, was the first charter school in the Atlanta Public School system. The school is ranked first academically within the Atlanta Public School system and serves more than 1,000 students from pre-K through grade 8. Founded by the East Lake Foundation, a member of the Purpose Built Communities network, the school was launched to serve as the anchor for revitalization in the East Lake neighborhood. When Drew was founded, only 5% of 5th graders met the state’s minimum math standards. Now, over 98% of its 5th grade students meet or exceed state standards in reading, math and social sciences. The Low Income Investment Fund allocation of New Markets Tax Credits are helping to finance the construction of a new 200,000-square-foot educational facility and grow to include a high school. The new Charles R. Drew Junior and Senior Academy doubles student population, enabling Drew to educate 2,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade. The LEED-Gold certified building features 14 science labs, a 500 seat performance space, a full-size outdoor track field, two gymnasiums and an outdoor amphitheater.

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Voices from the Community

The NMTC program creates jobs, strengthens communities and provide life-changing opportunities to people which would not exist if it was not for the NMTC program. It makes a difference!

Amy Mallory, Manager, Fund Management, CAHEC, Raleigh, NC

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