Message from the Executive Director, Lisa Barber
As we move into the 2018-2019 school year, we reflect on where we started and what we have learned. Like any organization that is successful, we have evaluated our business model and are making adjustments.
It became clear last year that we simply could not reach the student body population that wanted to be a part of our school primarily because of accessibility. Secondly, as a small start-up school, we are not yet ready to provide all of the resources of larger public and private schools that also make them attractive: science labs, sports teams, cafeteria, and outside play space.
What we do REALLY well is to encourage students to find themselves, be themselves, and be comfortable in their own skin exactly as they are. We also provide excellent academic enrichment through classes and tutoring.
The Mission of Pride School Atlanta, Inc. is to provide LGBTQQIAA* educators, students and families a rigorous and fun learning environment, free of homophobia and transphobia – a place that honors their identities so they may be themselves, find themselves, and find friends and mentors who can help them navigate the challenges of life and education.
To create an openly affirming space for youth, families and educators which focuses on student development in an environment with student-driven interdisciplinary learning, innovative advocacy efforts, democratic decision making, and mentorship to support students’ well-being and academic growth.
*Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Questioning Intersex Asexual Allies
Pride School Atlanta is a tuition-based private non-profit school for students ages 9-18. It is founded on a modified Democratic Free School model. It operates M-F from 8:00–3:30, and offers both full time and part time enrollment. We believe students and people are uniquely gifted, whole and complete. We strive to give each student the opportunity to find themselves, discover their talents, develop their gifts, and pave the road to their future. We do this in an environment that is safe and accepting of ALL students regardless of their shape, size, or identity.
The organization works both inside and outside of the school to promote both the mission and the vision. We believe that by connecting with community to educate others on our similarities and differences both within and without the LGBTQQIAA communities that we can strengthen our bonds in the larger community and society in which we live and work daily.
We advocate and connect to community members and organizations to set new standards in education including and most importantly acceptance for all people regardless of their gender identity - conforming and non-conforming - sexual orientation and preference, race, color, creed, nationality, heritage, marital or relationship status – basically, humans are humans and there should not be anything that separates us from each other.