Week of January 06th, 2020

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.


  • To the Senior Academy for “Beating the Odds” by 8 points! The Beat the Odds calculation represents whether a school’s performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) was higher than schools with similar characteristics across the state.
  • To Payton Gunner for receiving the Posse Scholarship to Brandeis University, and becoming a semifinalist for the Coca Cola Scholarship!
  • To Connor Mason for receiving the Posse Scholarship to College of Wooster!
  • To Emily Blackwell for her consistent kindness and generosity of spirit!
  • To Toni White for becoming a semifinalist for the Horatio Alger Scholarship!
  • To the 7 Drew Seniors who advanced to the second phase of the 5 Strong Scholarship selection process!
  • To Alexis Gaines who was accepted to Stanford, Caleb Carmichael who received a full ride to Morehouse, and Anna West who was accepted into Spelman!
  • To the Senior Academy staff for an amazing first semester and consistent dedication to students! Thanks for providing students with meaningful learning experiences – projects, midterms, and exams!
  • To the band, orchestra and dancers who contributed to memorable Winter Concert and to Mrs. Pryor, Vaughn, and Mr. GonzalezCruz for guiding our talented students for a well executed performance!
  • To Mr. Parker for putting together this great visual recap of the first semester!



Lottery Application Window for New Students Opens February 1st

If your student has a sibling who is interested in attending Drew for the 2020-2021 school year, the lottery application window for potential new students is from February 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.

The online application will be available on Drew’s website beginning February 1, and all qualifying applications will be included in the lottery on May 7th. Drew is not participating in Atlanta Public Schools’ pilot “Enroll APS Charter” project for the 2020-2021 school year. All Drew lottery applications must be submitted via Drew’s online process.

  • Please note that the lottery is for potential new students only; all current Drew students will have the opportunity to re-enroll in March (more details to come).
  • Additional lottery information can be found at www.drewcharterschool.org/enrollment. Please contact Mary Hartigan at 404-450-0567 or enrollment@drewcharterschool.org with any questions.

  • Presentations for Student and Guardian

    Senior Night Presentation – If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

    Junior Grade Level & College Counseling Night Presentation –  If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information covered at the Senior Parent Night, refer to this link for the full presentation.

  • Remind Instructions

    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…:


Seniors – Important Information for Dual Enrollment and Early College

  • Early College and Dual Enrollment Parents please be advised of the following:
    • On Tuesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 9th, GSU students will be dismissed at 9:30 and are required to leave campus
      • Georgia Piedmont Tech will begin classes on Tuesday, January 7th.
        • A bus will be available to take students to campus beginning that day.
      • Georgia State University Downtown and Clarkston will begin classes Tuesday, January 14th.
        • Buses for GSU will begin running on that day.
  • Please feel free to email Michelle Stinson (michelle.stinson@drewcharterschool.org) with any questions.


Week of  01/06-01/12

 01/06 | Monday | “A” Day
  • First Day of Spring Semester for Students
  •  Flex Time 
    • A week Clubs
      • Clubs This Week –  Beta, Anime, Business Club, Chess Board Games and Cards, Debate, Football, GSA, Guitar, HRRB, Mentorship in Medicine, Peer Leadership, Student Government, Yoga, YBE
 01/07 | Tuesday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – Extended Learning: Math, Social Studies, Spanish
    • 09th /12th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • Sophomore Community Forum
  • 5:30- Varsity Basketball @ Strong Rock
 01/08 | Wednesday | “A” Day 
  • 3:00 – Flex Time: Study Hall, Pathways, EL
    • 10th/12th Extended Learning or Main Gym
    • 9th/11th Extended Learning or Cafeteria
      • 11th Grade ACT Prep Option
  • 4:15- Tennis Tryouts [See Sports Section Below for more Information] 5:00- JV Boys v. Mays[HOME]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    When there is a home game, students that choose to stay at school are expected to wait in the cafeteria until 5:15. After 5:15 students can then go to the gym.

    • Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because re-entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 01/09 | Thursday | “B” Day
  • 3:00- Flex Time – ELA, Science, Pathways
    • Freshman Community Forum
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
    • 10th/12th – Extended Learning or Practice Gym
  • 4:30
  • Tennis Tryouts [See Sports Section Below for more Information]
 01/10 | Friday |  “A” Day
  • 1:30 – 2:20 Flex Time: Advisory 
    • 11th – ACT Prep Class
 01/11| Saturday
  • Mock ACT
  • SA Varsity Basketball v. Greenforest
  • 1:00- JV Basketball v. N. Atlanta[HOME]
  • Expectations for Home Games

    Entry is ONLY permitted through the main double doors.

    Students should take all of their belongings with them to the gym for the game because entry to the main building will not be allowed after or during the game.

 01/12| Sunday
  • N/A

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Academy’s

    Black History Program

     “Intergenerational Conversations on Student Activism with Civil Rights Leader, Charles Black”
    • Date: Friday, February 21st
    • Time: 1:30 to 2:20 pm
    • Location: Theater
    Sponsored by: Young Black Excellence and the Black History Program Staff Committee
  • Future Events
  • Week of 1/13/20 – 1/19/20
    • 01/14- Blazer Day
  • Week of 1/20/20 – 1/26/20
    • [Senior Academy Beta Convention- 1/22 – 1/24/20]
      • 1/20/20 – HOLIDAY – MLK DAY
      • 1/22/20 – SPEAK WHAT MUST BE SPOKEN
      • 01/24- FAMILY ID CLOSES
        • [This portal is used to enroll all Athletes or Interested Athletes of Drew]
      • 02/21- YBE: Black History Program
      • 02/28- 2:30 – Spring Pep Rally [GYM]
      • 05/16- Graduation


Student Opportunity

  • January 22nd, 2020:

    Speak What Must Be Spoken

    Traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University

    An amazing honor has been bestowed upon Senior Academy through a traveling art exhibit funded by Emory University.

    Check out the traveling exhibit recently installed at Drew. The exhibit is called Speak What Must Be Spoken.

    • The theme of the exhibit is activism through the lens of art.
    • The message to be received spotlights the importance of speaking truth which can correlate to power. A shared belief is that when injustice exists, it must be called out.
    • The exhibit hopes to empower students to recognize that they have a voice and to learn to use it in a manner that will be effective to bring about positive change.
      • The vision for the exhibit will be for students to learn about African American artists and others who spoke out against injustice in the United States and how that led to progress towards equal rights. 
      • We all know that injustice is alive in the US and the world at large. There is still a long way to go to address issues of racism, sexism, ageism, and poverty. Even though some progress has occurred over the years, concerned citizens must continue to speak up, just as those who came before us have done.
      • Speak What Must Be Spoken  uses materials from the Billops-Hatch: Still Raising Hell exhibit that was installed at Emory.
     The exhibit is sponsored by Emory University's:
    -Graduation Generation in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, the Rose Library, and Woodruff Library


  • Please Note

    Spring Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

    If your student is interested in participating in winter sports at Drew, online registration, through a new system known as FamilyID, is required to try-out for and/or to play on the following winter sports team(s):

    • Senior Academy E-Sports
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Track (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Tennis (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Senior Academy Baseball  (Boys)
    • Middle School Track & Field (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Golf (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Soccer (Girls & Boys)
    • Middle School Baseball ( Boys)

    Online registration through FamilyID is open now through Friday, January 24th. (Please note, if you completed registration for Fall Sports, your information have been saved in your FamilyID account and will auto-populated when you register for Winter Sports.

    To complete the online registration process, you will need the following:

    • A copy of your student’s current sports physical that was completed by a medical professional. 

    Note:  You will need to upload the completed sports physical form during the registration process.  Instructions for how to upload the form will be provided when you register. (If you do not have a current Sports Physical, please obtain one from a medical professional prior to registering.  The sports physical is valid for one year.)

    • Doctor’s Information (name, address, phone number)
    • Health Insurance information
    • Emergency Contact Information

    For step-by-step instructions and to complete the registration process, click the link here.

    Thank you.  Please be sure to register your student by the Friday, January 24th deadline. 

    For any questions or concerns contact: Tracy Edwards,Director of Athletics


Adult Opportunity

Want a RECAP of Homecoming?? Click here



Procedure Notification!

  • Avoid Charges to Student Accounts.

    Continued Afterschool Protocol [Effective 09/02/19]

    – To see letter click here

    This expectation is fully enforced and can result in the withholding of student records. Please read to be well informed
  • Running Late?

    ATTENTION: JA/SA parents, if students arrive to school at 8am, then they should proceed to the cafeteria to get a late pass up until 8:30.

    After 8:30 students will receive a late pass from the main office secretary- Ms. Edwards.
  • Need to Visit a student/teacher?

    • Parents/Guardians, Atlanta Public Schools has introduced a new way to record movement throughout the school on a daily basis. The new protocol is in effort to enhance Atlanta Public School’s student, staff and campus security. Once the system is installed parents/guardians will need to bring in their state ID, regardless of how long they have been a parent/guardian at Drew, to conduct any school business.
  • Dropping off Food?

    REMINDER: If you bring a meal to the school for your student before your student’s lunch period, then the lunch is required to be placed inside the cafeteria in the designated lunch cubbies.

    Instructional time cannot be interrupted. Moving forward administration will reinforce this policy as noted in the student/parent handbook.

Message from Dean of Students
CONCERNING: Food delivery and Item Drop-off Policy
Hello SA families,

Due to recent safety concerns, we would like to reiterate our policy on food deliveries and item drop offs during the school day.

Students are not permitted to order food to be delivered to the school at any time. This includes but is not limited to pizza, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc. Any student order that is intercepted by staff will be disposed of immediately and students/parents will not be reimbursed.

Also, any student that is caught in the process of accepting food from a vehicle will be directed to dispose of it immediately.
In the event that a parent/guardian must bring a lunch to the school, please follow these guidelines:
  • Bring the lunch prior to the designated lunch period to the main office to sign in (students will not be called out of class)
    • 9th/10th grade lunch is 11:10-11:40 and 11th/12th grade lunch 12:50-1:25.
    • Meal drop off will not be permitted after the student’s scheduled lunch time.
  • Pack and label lunch in a closed container (sack or lunch box/bag)
  • Bring lunch only for students for which you are a contact
    • Please do not send unauthorized individuals with food for your student. They will not be permitted to drop it off.
  • Lunches must be placed in cubby in cafeteria
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted to meet their student in front of the school to deliver food, but must park, enter the building and sign in
  • Please note that the lunch cubbies are not secure and we are not responsible for any lost items. Students should do their best to bring their lunches to school with them as the lunch cubbies should be used in emergency situations only.
Lastly, students are not permitted to walk out to a car or accept anything from a person outside of the school building during the school day for any reason. Students found doing this will face disciplinary action regardless of the item accepted. All items should be dropped off at the front desk for pick up and food items should be dropped off via the procedure above.

Thank you for following this protocol and working with Drew staff to ensure that our students receive a wonderful education in a safe environment.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Dr. Allen
Senior Academy Dean of Students

Other Concerns

Uniform Concerns!

Families who still have not received their orders:

Please forward a copy or screenshot of the confirmation information to Kendrick.Myers@drewcharterschool.org and Tameka.Allen@drewcharterschool.org with the students’ name in the subject line.

Note: Students are still expected to be in uniform: Khakis, white button-down and tie are required.

– Khakis and button downs can be purchased outside of the Tommy Hilfiger.
– Ties will be onsite and for sell at the school store tomorrow morning!
  • Parents looking for uniform options can visit our online store with Tommy Hilfiger.

The School Store
Hours are 9:00 – 3:00 pm daily. 
The School Store is located in the Theater Box Office at the Yates/Upper Campus. 

- Stop by and get your Drew gear! 

Portal for Paying for Nutrition/Lunch Fees


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

Update for Students:

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