G. A. Towns Elementary School is named for George Alexander Towns, an educator and civil rights activist who served in the Atlanta area until his death in 1960. It was built in 1962 and opened its doors in 1963. Renovations to the present structure took place in 1998 when 13 new classrooms, a state of the art media center, gymnatorium, and several beautiful courtyards were added. In the summer of 2017, our Media Center once again received a make-over and is now the 21st Century Learning Center.
Towns has caringly served Collier Heights Community families for over 50 years. Our school is a member of the Douglass High School Cluster where the signature program is STEM. We are a feeder school for John Lewis Invictus Academy and Douglass High School.
In the summer of 2015, Towns Elementary School was rebranded and is now affectionately known as Tiger Town.
Tiger Town serves a diverse community of learners from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. Our scholars receive instruction in Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health/PE, Visual Arts, General Music, and Spanish. They also receive weekly classroom counseling sessions and instruction in the 21st Century Learning Center. Our curriculum also includes specialized instruction for scholars who are in the Gifted Program, Special Education Program or English as a Second Language Program.
We take pride in educating the hearts and minds of our scholars. We achieve this by incorporating Social and Emotional Learning in our curriculum. The SEL model is the core of our district and school wide-behavioral expectations. SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Tiger Town utilizes the Second Step Curriculum.
In 2017, our scholars made substantial gains on the Georgia Milestones Assessment. In fact, Tiger Town made the highest gains in the district from grades 3-8. We are aware that we have much work to do and we know that it takes hard work from scholars, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members!
Our motto is: "Every player! Every play! Every day!"
WE ARE TEAM TOWNS!