Charles R. Drew High School will make its Riverdale debut in August, and has residents and students alike excited about its potential.
Drew intends to set the bar high from the start. Among other things, students will be required to wear uniforms, and parents are expected to be active participants in their child’s education and discipline, if necessary.
The school will focus on biotechnical/health occupations, but also offers a culinary arts program, a full service bank for students to learn finance, public safety and engineering programs. A full athletic program will be offered eventually. The new 5,000 seat athletic stadium built next door will be shared with all county high schools. Only freshmen and sophomores will attend initially, and the Class of 2012 will be Drew’s first graduates.
This could be the beginning of good things for the Riverdale area. If this school succeeds, it could be used as a model for others statewide and bring some positive publicity and energy not only to Riverdale but also to Clayton County Public Schools in general. Drew has the makings to become one of the more sought after high schools by Clayton students once accreditation is restored and residents begin to trust the system again.
Will your child attend Drew and if so, is he/she looking forward to it? Do you know any students who are trying to get into Drew?
On a different note, the AJC recently reported that former school board member Michael King was ousted from his seat last week for various ethics violations. Every single District 4 resident I ever spoke with claimed King was the best candidate in a pool of duds when elected.
Strike two for District 4 – is there anyone in that area capable of doing this job?