Atlanta Public Schools and the Cluster Model
Stable communities and stable school clusters often result in stable, quality schools.
As a result, beginning in 2012-2013, Atlanta Public Schools began operating according to a cluster model. The district formed 9 clusters composed of dedicated elementary schools feeding into dedicated middle schools and ultimately into dedicated high schools.
Our expectation is that every school within every cluster will follow a rigorous curriculum. All students will have access to music, arts, foreign language and core academic programs that are high quality and well coordinated – from start to finish, from kindergarten through Grade 12. We believe the cluster model will decrease the dropout rate and instruction, especially as the Common Core State Standards are implemented across the curriculum.
While periodic diseconomies between clusters may, at times, surface, we believe that the defined clusters will remain stable.