Pride School Atlanta is a non-accredited, tuition-based private school. It is a non-profit organization with an established 501(c)3 for donation purposes. It was created out of the need for students, staff and families to have a non-biased, prejudice free safe space for students to get a quality education – free from homophobia and transphobia. It has evolved into a safe space for any student seeking a quality education, parents seeking a safe space and resources for their students, and an open-minded place for educators to teach and mentor with the passion and drive that brought them into education in the first place.
Daily it operates as a modified Democratic Free School. Students drive their curriculum with their end game in mind. Students and Staff work together to create “rules” to live by that endorse respect and communication. The classes are multiage level with students congregating mostly in one classroom for instruction and study time. Students break out for specific courses or to work one on one with an instructor. Bathrooms are gender neutral; students and staff use the bathroom they feel most comfortable using.
The school has two full-time staff members, the Executive Director and School/Student Advocate, and six part-time staff including a substitute teacher and Linguist specializing in Spanish and French. The staff identify as Gay, Straight, Lesbian, Bisexual, Intersex, Pansexual, and Transgender who ethnically identify as African American, East Indian, and Caucasian. Student enrollment varies by term.
Student Body Profile Fall 2017: Currently the school has 5 students ranging in age from 9-15. Two students identify as male, three as female. Students identify as Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender and Straight/Cisgender. One student attends part time taking English and American Sign Language. She gets the remainder of her courses from online studies. Three students are registered as Home Schooled Students in the state of Georgia. They attend part time and receive instruction in US Government/Civics, American Sign Language, Biology and General Science, English Language Arts, Public Speaking, Technology Proficiency, and General Studies and tutoring. One student attends full time receiving all academic instruction from Pride School. Three students attend Yoga.