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     Ralph J. Bunche Middle School

    1925 Niskey Lake Rd, SW

    Atlanta, Georgia 30331

    Phone: (404) 802-6700 • Fax: (404) 346-2537





    Dear Parents, Families and Friends,

     As I embark upon my first year as Principal of Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, I want to express my deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of your children and this community. I am energized, excited, and very much looking forward to building upon the strong foundation that has been established by those who have come before me. I acknowledge and appreciate the many talented students and supportive parents in this community. I know that without you, the successes we have had would not have been possible. In alignment with the vision and mission of Atlanta Public Schools, I too, believe that through trust and collaboration, we will continue to work collaboratively to ensure student success for all. By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increasing academic expectations for all students, and engaging the community, our students will surpass expectations and be college and career ready.

    My philosophy of Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence (PRIDE), is not a new one.  I began as a classroom teacher more than eleven years ago. Even then, I held true to the tenets of PRIDE. I believe in the students of Atlanta Public Schools and have worked in various roles within the district since 2007. My work experiences have included serving as math teacher here at Bunche Middle school, an Instructional Coach at Long Middle School, and most recently, an Assistant Principal at Therrell High School. Because of my experiences and my understanding of the community, I embrace the challenges of the future, yet cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past.

    My staff and I look forward to a very positive and productive year together!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families and community stakeholders to join us at school activities and events. We know parental involvement is invaluable. Thus, we want, we need, and more importantly, we value your involvement and support in your child’s education! We encourage you to contact us if and when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.

    My team and I are committed to ensuring your child is safe, healthy, productive, and college and career ready!  


    Octavius Harris