July 31st; First Day of School!

Purpose – Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college pipeline within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Appreciating our unique status as a mixed-income school, Drew Charter School’s primary purpose is to provide an excellent education to all children living in the Villages of East Lake so that each student reaches his or her full potential and is launched on a pathway to health, impact and prosperity.

Vision – Drew Charter School students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and passion to create positive change in the world.

Mission – Drew Charter School is an exemplary, innovative education community that empowers all students to achieve their full potential.


From Principal Myers

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Welcome to the Senior Academy! We are tremendously excited to work with your student during the 2019‐2020 school year.

At Charles Drew Charter School, we take pride in the teaching we provide for our children. Our teachers and staff members work very hard to meet the needs of all students to ensure they achieve their highest potential. An important part of Charles Drew Charter School SA’s success is parent participation; we are excited to meet you and your student on July 29th from 11 am to 1 pm for your Senior Academy Meet and Greet.

We also want to welcome our new teachers this school year. ** This is a list of New Teachers **

  • Akua Ducard – Special Education Teacher
  • David Kurt – Art Teacher
  • Heather Stokes – Geometry Teacher
  • James Davis – Spanish I and II Teacher
  • Jeancarlo Gonzalez Cruz – Orchestra Teacher
  • Joel ‘Brock’ Derringer – Chorus Teacher
  • Justin Wilson – Engineering Teacher
  • Lisa Whittington – Art Teacher
  • Luciana Gresham – Math Support Teacher
  • Mark Mayfield – Special Education Teacher
  • Sarah Diaz – Spanish II and III Teacher
  • Tayler Murray – Personal Fitness and Health Teacher

We look forward to meeting you and making a positive difference in the lives of the children we serve.

K.Myers, Principal of Drew Senior Academy

Quick Calendar of Events

More information on these events can be found by scrolling through the rest of the blog
  • July 29th Meet and Greet
    • An event for everyone new and returning students/parents
  • July 31st First Day of School (Student Orientation)
  • August 2nd Midnight Madness
  • August 5th Blazer Ceremony
  • August 30th – Half-day (Conferences)**
    • Grade Level Counselors will reach out to targeted families for appointments.
    • Parents without appointments are encouraged to attend the grade level information session for updates and crucial information. Typically from 1:00 pm- 1:30 pm; be on the lookout for more details as the date gets closer.
      • NOTE: If you wish to have a meeting, it will be scheduled after this date. To schedule the meeting send an email to the grade level counselor requesting for the meeting. Address the subject line as “Request for Parent Conference
  • Graduation: TBD

**Note update to half-day conferences date to 8/30/19

For Updates that occur more frequently subscribe to Remind! Instructions for the respective cohorts can be found below, feel free to join multiple.

  • Parents are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for your student:
  • Students are encouraged to join this platform, to receive updates for daily announcements within the Senior Academy [flex time updates/ A and B day rotation, etc…:

Meet and Greet

  • Join us on Monday, July 29, 2019.
    • Come meet your student’s teacher(s) and receive their class schedule.

Midnight Madness!

Please sign up using the link below to Participate during one of our major events to kick off the school year!

Uniform Needs!

  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.
    • Parents be sure to order as soon as possible; the estimated time of delivery is 2-3 weeks from the day you order.
    • Ordering Instructions for Tommy Hilfiger
    • To reference the dress code for the Senior Academy, click here.
      • 9th Grade ONLY: Students are expected to bring their blazers on the first day of school, July 31st.
        • Students should bring their blazers to school inside of a plastic bag with their names on the outside of the bag.
        • It will also be helpful to write the students name on a sheet of paper to include inside the bag.
  • The BLAZER will be required for the Blazer Day Ceremony scheduled for August 5, 2019.
    • Parents are welcome to come to this event!

Rising Seniors!

  • Students must sit for pictures in order to be included in the yearbook.
  • Please note the scheduled picture day has passed.
    • To be photographed You must call SCORE to secure a make-up session from there they will be able to provide more details regarding logistics on the day of your appointment.
    • You can reach SCORE at 770-516-5880. 
  • See the attachment for more information.

Update for Students:

  • Summer Reading List –  Attached is the link to access summer reading materials for students who signed up for AP classes next school year.  https://tinyurl.com/APSummer19
  • Drew Opportunity Fund – In recognition of Mr. Don Doran, Head of School, and his decade of leadership we are delighted to announce the launch of the Drew Opportunity Fund. Join us in thanking Mr. Doran for his years of service by making a donation in his honor today! Learn more
  • Paying Lunch Balances – Please note that Drew JA/SA academies do not offer free lunch without the completion of the Federal Eligibility Application; this must be completed each school year. To monitor student nutrition activity visit www.MySchoolBucks.com.  The site allows users with an outstanding balance to settle accounts, add additional funds, and to set limits.  
    • Until you receive a letter or notice of approval after completing the Federal Eligibility Application your student(s) account will still be charged the full price for each meal received.
    • Applications will be released the first week of school.
      • Should you have questions regarding your students status AFTER COMPLETION OF THE APPLICATION, you may call Nutrition at 404-802-2540.

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees

Portal for Paying for Drew Events, Dues, Field Trips, etc..

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