Our community is a beautiful mix of the old and the new. Northwest Atlanta, defined roughly as the 30318 zip code, has grown rapidly in recently years with the
addition of brand new residential units in neighborhoods alongside some of the Westside’s historic neighborhoods. Developments such as Atlantic Station and White
Provisions are drawing new residents to the area, while the nearby Beltline, including the proposed 300-acre Westside Park, promises to bring additional dwelling
units, many of which will provide affordable housing, to an area less than one mile from the proposed school location. Westside Atlanta Charter School seeks to align our investment of
educational resources with Atlanta’s investment in the Westside in order to best serve residents, old and new alike, by capitalizing on the tremendous diversity,
transportation infrastructure, outdoor spaces, and other community assets that exist and are continuing to develop in our community.
Before the Westside Atlanta Charter School was created, there were no charter school options that were located within the 30318 zip code. Significantly, there currently exists a tremendous disparity in racial
and socio-economic characteristics between neighborhoods and schools in the north (Buckhead) and south (Bankhead) portions of our zip code, a disparity exasperated
by the gap in test scores for these schools and the fact that enrollment is climbing on one side of this divide and falling on the other. We believe that Westside Atlanta Charter School now offers a meaningful option for parents in our area, enabled by waiver freedom from existing school zoning so that we can participate in bringing the students in
these diverse neighborhoods together.