Junior Academy

Junior Academy Families:

YOU HAVE ARRIVED! On behalf of the entire staff and leadership team, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at Charles R. Drew Charter School! I am honored to serve as principal of the Jr. Academy. It is a privilege to be part of a community that strives to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. Middle school is such an exciting time for our learners, and it is our mission to make sure our students feel welcomed and connected. We are looking forward to having students back in the classrooms, filling them with energy and excitement as we embark upon the 2021-2022 school year. While we put forth a tremendous effort to minimize learning loss during the 2020-2021 school year and COVID, we know there is a lot of work to be done and thus have been planning for our return to school for many months. This will be a special year that will continue to build our resilience, test our limits and measure our ability to recover and adapt, but we are ready for the challenge! We understand that every student is unique and has an individualized formula for greatness, and our team believes that its mission to ensure each student discovers it. We have and will continue to build our programs on this belief as we keep the whole child in mind. Understanding that middle school serves as a bridge between the elementary and high school, we pride ourselves on encouraging each student to strive for a positive mindset, emphasizing the power of good choices, accountability, and community. Relationship building is crucial in these middle years, and helping students connect their academics to real life is necessary.

Through this approach, we help students curate a canvas for greatness while carving their mark in the world through STEAM, PBL, community service, and developing a better understanding of the power of their possibility. So buckle up! There is a lot to be done, and we welcome you to join us on this exciting ride! Thank you for entrusting your child to us! Together, let’s make this another great year at Charles R. Drew Charter School.

Terrilyn Ali-Ferguson 
Jr. Academy Principal