Purpose, Mission, Vision, Philosophy, and Strategic Plan


Charles R. Drew Charter School serves as a key component of the cradle-to-college/career continuum within the holistic East Lake neighborhood revitalization. Drew was founded for the purpose of providing an excellent education to the children living in The Villages of East Lake. Drew Charter School will continue to center its work on The Villages of East Lake, while serving ethnically, culturally, socioeconomically diverse students. Drew is committed to an educational emphasis on removing economic and social barriers so that each child reaches their full potential.


Drew Charter School educates, nurtures and empowers all students to achieve their full potential as part of an exemplary, innovative, and equity-centered community.


Drew Charter School students will possess the knowledge, skills, passion and intellectual inquiry to successfully navigate and create positive change in the world.


Drew Charter School’s approach is based on our commitment to equity, particularly the belief that every child has gifts and talents that must be explored and nurtured. We believe in encouraging all students to reach their full potential. A Drew education supports strong intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth.

Strategic Plan

Drew Charter School’s 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan was adopted by Drew’s Board of Directors on July 31, 2020.  A copy of the 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan can be viewed here.  A one-page summary of the Strategic Plan is available hereA letter sent to families in August 2020 announcing the launch of the new Strategic Plan is here.

During the Spring 2023 semester, Peter McKnight, the Head of School for Drew Charter School, provided a mid-strategic plan update to the Drew Community here. The mid-strategic plan presentation can be viewed here.