Unlike most charters in urban areas, Drew Charter is not all black or Hispanic, nor is it all poor. It is, instead, a demonstration of a novel concept in the modern education reform movement: trying to close the achievement gap between the poor and affluent by bringing them together to share their neighborhoods and their classrooms.
Drew Charter School in Atlanta, Ga. went from being the worst school in the city to the fourth best. How did they do it? For one thing: Getting rich kids and poor kids together under one classroom, and becoming an example that mixed income neighborhoods can create a healthy community.