Welcome to Dunbar Elementary School

Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is the most significant predictor of high school graduation, college enrollment and career success.

Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Mechanicsville community, Dunbar Elementary School opened in 1969. The school was named after Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of the first African-American poets to gain national eminence.

Dunbar builds on the solid foundation of early literacy provided by Educare Atlanta. The two schools work with students and their families to prepare children to transition into kindergarten. Educare teachers share information about students’ learning and development with their kindergarten teachers, and Dunbar hosts events to welcome incoming students and their families.

Dunbar’s philosophy revolves around the healthy development of the whole child — socially, emotionally and academically. The faculty and staff strive to create and maintain a productive and positive learning environment while maximizing teaching potential and student achievement. To foster a globally competitive learning environment, teachers actively engage their students in the learning process through a rigorous curriculum based on the Common Core standards, real-world experiences, technology and the after-school program. The staff and teachers at Dunbar expect excellence daily from everyone in the school community, and students leave the school with a well-developed love of learning that will remain with them for life.

Through partner organizations, students are able to make connections between the classroom and the real world. Those enrolled in the after-school program also have opportunities to further develop a passion for learning through additional field trips throughout the school year.

Dunbar Elementary is home to a cutting-edge 21st Century Learning Lab, where students are simultaneously exposed to three different operating systems (Mac, Windows and Linux). They also learn to navigate various software programs while engaging in lessons that serve as extensions of classroom assignments. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders visit the lab at least once per week, depending on the targeted skill. In addition to the lab, classrooms are equipped with Promethean Boards, and all teachers are required to integrate technology into their classrooms.

Complex Floor Plan 

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