A Foundation for Success
An example is the Charles R. Drew Charter School, a critical component of the East Lake revitalization effort that now serves as the model for Purpose Built Communities. Before Drew Charter, only 5 percent of 5th graders in the neighborhood school were able to meet state math standards. Today, students at Drew are outpacing their peers across the state, and Drew’s academic achievements are among the best in the city. In mathematics, 98 percent of students in grades 3 – 8 meet or exceed state standards, while 99 percent meet or exceed the standards for reading.
Martin Luther King, Jr., who grew up not far from East Lake, said, “the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” A strong, effective cradle-to-college pipeline provides students with the tools to build brighter futures for themselves and their families.
Replicating the Model
See how some of our Network Members are moving forward with their cradle-to-college education pipelines: