A neighborhood school in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Spalding Drive opened in 1966 for children in grades one through seven with only twelve classrooms. Serving the surrounding Sandy Springs communities as a small neighborhood school, the main facility was enlarged in 1968 to accommodate a new twelve room addition. Full-time Kindergarten classes were added in the 1970s. Another new classroom wing and separate gymnasium were added in the fall of 1988 and update improvements were made during the 1995-96 and 2007 school years.
In 2003 the school achieved conversion charter school status. Uniform dress code, required parent involvement, encouragement of gifted and/or ESOL endorsed staff, and comprehensive technology incorporation became integral components of our charter. Spalding's charter provided the flexibility to create an environment rich in exceptional learning opportunities.
Today Spalding serves approximately 500 students in Pre-K through fifth grade. Due to Atlanta's and Sandy Springs' rapid growth, many of Fulton County's schools have become overcrowded. However, when two new elementary schools opened in Sandy Springs in 2008 and 2009, Spalding's enrollment dropped from 700 students to approximately 400 students for the school year of 2009-2010.
In 2013, Spalding Drive Elementary decided, with parent input, to dissolve their conversion charter and become part of the Fulton County Schools charter. As a school in a charter system, we have been given the flexibility and autonomy to provide a curriculum and focus which best suits our students at Spalding Drive. As a school, we decided to focus on the STEAM content and have been developing instructional strategies and gathering resources to best meet the needs of our students in these content areas. Our STEAM focus and small community feel makes Spalding Drive Elementary an ideal school for any student!