The school pathway creates a personalized learning environment that spans a student’s educational career. One high school and all(or a selected group) of the schools that feed into it, from pre-school on, form an academic community that works together to set standards and establish guidelines for coherent teaching, learning, and assessment across the pathway. Teachers across the pathway know each other, their students, and their families well and work hard to build a community that is united across schools and grade levels. Teachers and administrators share responsibility for the students they all work with. Principals act as instructional leaders, facilitating this work in their schools and collaborating with each other as a united team.
–from the Atlas Communities Design Summary