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Atlas Preparatory Middle School (0369)

Middle school

Charter school

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Charter School.


Total Students Served

Grade 5 - Grade 8

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About Atlas Preparatory Middle School (0369)


Atlas Preparatory Middle School


Brief Description Demographics and Context: Founded in 2009, Atlas is a public, urban charter school that currently serves 1,250 students. It is a highly diverse demographic comprised of 85% Hispanic, 6% Caucasian, 5% African-American and 3% Two or More Races. Nearly 93% of students are on free or reduced lunch and many come from an impoverished family. Almost 54% of students qualify for English learner supports. Atlas was originally created to prepare academically underperforming low-income stu dents for college and successful careers. It is located in Harrison School District Two, a historically underserved and economically depressed area of the city populated with small strip malls, urban blight and a startling lack of physical community assets or quality school choice. Atlas? long-term investment in combating poverty and providing a sustainable, stable learning environment to all students goes beyond just allowing students to succeed. Atlas has fostered the belief that no matter what path students take to or beyond the school, they take the most important thing with them: the ability to be successful and become their highest potential. The founders of Atlas targeted Harrison School District 2 because of the consistently low academic outcomes for low-income and at-risk students in the district, the high drop-out rate, and the low college enrollment and finishing rates. The negative trajectory in academic achievement many students in the district take as they progress from 3rd to 10th grade is striking. More than half of all 8th graders eligible for free and reduced lunch are below grade level in each of the math, writing, reading, and science exams. For 10th graders in the subject of math, only one in ten students is able to perform math at grade level. Students eligible for free and reduced lunch evidence little statistical chance to score in the advanced category in any of the core subject areas in either the 8th or 10th grade. The average ACT score of 17 in the district as a proxy for college readiness means that low-income and minority students stand little chance of successful future educational opportunities. Stakeholder Input and Involvement: Atlas conducts quarterly parent conferences in which over 95% of families are in attendance. Families complete a survey each round which provides feedback on existing programs and supports, as well as ideas about how to improve. Additionally, Atlas staff participate in a variety of surveys including Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement survey and Promise54's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey. Additional focus groups provide qualitative data to support planning and improvement efforts. Principals and other academic leaders meet monthly to review data and plan adjustments. Meetings include evaluating subgroup performance leading to ESSA plan identification and trends. Further, Atlas students are asked each quarter to complete a student culture and climate survey. Teams and schools meet following the survey administration to review the results and make corresponding action plans. These collective efforts, parents/families, students, staff, leadership engagement, drove the planning and ultimate creation of the UIP.



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