Educator champions new methods at Atlanta Unbound Academy

Dr. Alaina Chipman-Leeks understood from a young age that education was essential to success in individuals’ lives and careers. She also understood that there were some societal obstacles in place that prevented some from receiving the kind of education they deserved. As a person who truly recognized the value and importance of education, she chose to do something about it. And she was not going to let a pandemic deter her.

In 2020, Chipman-Leeks, a graduate of Spelman College, founded the Atlanta Unbound Academy, a K-8 charter school that has adopted unorthodox, yet highly successful, approaches to educating its young people.

Atlanta Unbound Academy, located in College Park, started its initial 2020-2021 school year with 80 students. In order to recruit as many new students as possible for the coming school year, Chipman-Leeks and her board of directors approached parents in some unusual places: apartment complexes, grocery stores, parking lots and shopping malls. The staff’s enthusiasm was well-received by parents in the community, so much so that 80 families opted to send their children to a school that, at the time, did not actually exist. 

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