Capital Campaign

We have now started our capital campaign! Funds raised from the capital campaign will be used for costs related to our new permanent site that will be located on over seven acres of land that is adjacent to our lower campus.

You may remit your pledge via the following methods:
By check mailed to:
Westside Atlanta Charter School
Attn: Jenny Borders
1903 Drew Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

By credit card:
Select the Donate button on the right side of this page. Here you can choose a one-time gift or set up recurring donations. OR Like Westside Atlanta Charter School on Facebook and choose Donate.

With so many opportunities to give to worthy causes, we appreciate your wiliness to include Westside among those that you support. Your financial contribution to Westside Atlanta Charter School will sustain the impact we are having on the future of not only the students at Westside Atlanta Charter School, but also the diverse community we serve. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Donate to A Unique Educational Option for a Diverse Community

Westside Atlanta Charter School was established by neighbors, individuals and families that live in the growing Westside community of Atlanta based on the belief that a truly vibrant community can only exist with thriving, innovative schools that provide families with meaningful educational choices for their children.

Westside is an Atlanta Public Schools-accepted charter school serving Atlanta’s Westside community. At the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, Westside enrolled a total of 120 students—40 students per grade in kindergarten, first, and second grades. Westside plans to grow by one grade per year until the school serves kindergarten through eighth grade. Approximately 50% of Westside students qualify for free or reduced lunch status. The student population is approximately 59% African American, 40% Caucasian, and 1% other ethnicities.

Prior to Westside’s establishment, there were no charter school options located within Atlanta’s Westside community, roughly defined as the 30318 zip code and, as such, families, particularly those of lesser means, had limited educational alternatives. Westside seeks to bridge the tremendous gap in racial and socio-economic characteristics between neighborhoods and schools in the north (Buckhead) and south (Bankhead) portions of this zip code, a disparity reflected 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. Westside offers a meaningful option for parents in the area, enabled by freedom from existing school zoning through our charter so that they can actively participate in bringing the students in these diverse neighborhoods together. As a result of the high demand for enrollment in Westside, a waiting list was established for the 2014-2015 academic year. There are approximately 150 students currently on Westside’s waiting list, and we anticipate this number increasing as we approach the new academic year.

Westside’s innovative language and literacy focus provides a firm educational foundation for the students, enabling them to grow in leadership and character through applied learning opportunities. Westside strives to ensure that each student leaves the school ready to engage in meaningful ways with their broader community, having internalized the core values of imagination, rigor and service.

Westside seeks to align the 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 the community. The children we serve today, the children we will serve in the future, and Atlanta as a whole will benefit from this unique educational option in the Westside community.

An Innovative Approach to Educating Students

Westside aims to develop articulate students who love learning, and creative students who enrich others through their leadership. These aims are being achieved through the most innovative of Westside’s approaches: student-centered learning, enhanced by design thinking. A student-centered approach utilizes multiple strategies that make the classroom an interactive place. Teachers at Westside employ inquiry, projects, and other hands-on instructional strategies, not supplemental to the core curriculum, but as an integral modus operandi. This paradigm divergence from other elementary schools in the Atlanta Public Schools system represents one primary reason for establishment of Westside; providing space and training for teachers to have the level of independence and flexibility necessary for this kind of classroom. In contrast to the traditional model of filling a child’s cup with information, a student-centered classroom works most like a plant nursery, providing the environment and nurturing necessary for student-initiated learning and creativity to unfurl.

Westside is educating children to fully employ their own unique and diverse talents to make the world a better place, beginning with their own communities. Awareness and observation begin this process, so the school’s curriculum uses local applications whenever possible. For instance, a science unit in first grade might focus on a growth cycle in the Westside community garden; a math lesson for fourth graders might center on a Westside merchant’s problem of how much merchandise to stock; and a sixth grade project might study the food vendors on a certain block, explore the effects of not having a grocery store in the community on the health and wellness of Westside citizens, and make recommendations to community leaders based on their investigation.

In addition, Westside has developed a significant partnership with the Atlanta Speech School, a leader in language development and literacy in Atlanta since the 1930s. Specifically, the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Learning (Rollins Center) provides Westside with regular teacher training and professional development, and works directly with the school’s Principal and full-time literacy coach to ensure that consistent and effective application of Rollins Center methodologies are regularly applied in the classroom. The Rollins Center has a strong track record as a professional development program that partners with public school systems and individual schools to provide teachers with innovative training, mentoring, and coaching, so that children will develop into proficient readers. Notably, the Rollins Center has achieved success working with students from both low-income and high-income backgrounds, both of which are characteristic of the diversity on the Westside.

Westside hopes to continue developing significant relationships with the other public schools on the Westside so that a “community of professionals” is created, and the ability to share professional development resources from the Rollins Center with other educators on the Westside is available. Westside plans to implement an annual summer program, hosted in partnership with the Rollins Center, modeled on a similar program that is already in place and achieving results in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. This program will provide significant, hands-on professional development opportunities for educators from Westside and other public schools alike as they work with students from around the community.

Your financial contribution to Westside Atlanta Charter School will sustain the impact we are having on the future of not only the students at Westside Atlanta Charter School, but also the of the diverse community we serve. Westside Atlanta Charter School is a 501c3 non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible.

  • There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

    - CS Lewis
  • If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.

    - William Arthur Ward
  • Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.

    - Helen Exley
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