How do the two schools at the complex work together?

The two separately managed schools at the complex, Educare Atlanta and Dunbar Elementary School, are located under one roof to foster seamless instruction and supports from early childhood through fifth grade.

Educare Atlanta, which serves children ages 6 weeks through prekindergarten, is staffed and managed by Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers. With 16 centers in the metro Atlanta region, Sheltering Arms is one of the most respected nonprofit early care and learning programs in the state of Georgia.

Dunbar Elementary School, a K-5 school, is part of the Atlanta Public Schools system.

While the schools are separately managed and run, they work in close partnership with a focus on reading proficiency by the end of third grade — a crucial milestone in a child’s educational development. Teachers at both schools participate in joint training sessions, and the schools offer transitional programs to prepare children and their families for moving from prekindergarten to elementary school. In addition, Educare Atlanta teachers share student information — including individual assessment data — with their Dunbar counterparts so that they can continue helping the students move forward in their academic journey.