Charles Drew High School History

Charles R. Drew High School opened in the Fall of the 2009 school year. This Clayton County School is named after Dr. Charles R. Drew, an American surgeon and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks. 

During the school inaugural year, CDHS housed students in grades 9 and 10 from 5 surrounding high schools in order to alleviate overcrowding at those facilities in portions of Jonesboro, Rex, Riverdale and College Park. 

In 2012, Charles R. Drew High School added its first senior class to the student body. In 2013, Charles R. Drew High School graduated its first true graduation class. Serving more than 1,555 students in grades 9-12, the academy structure, smaller learning communities and a focus on career paths is the signature feature of Charles R. Drew High School.


·The Medical Science Magnet program gives students interested in medical science careers and early pathway to learning about the field.

·We are proud of our learning communities where students and faculty create stronger relationships, more mentoring occurs, and academics excel.

·The Career Technology labs are places where hands-on, project based learning is taking place. Students who are not inspired by the traditional classroom often shine in these environments.

·Project based learning is how the working world works, working in teams on assignments and then presenting your work to a group. Each lab has several working areas, which challenges the students and develops cognitive skills, social skills, and academic skills all of which contribute to a culture of lifelong learning.

GMAS Testing Begins Next Week

GMAS testing will begin for students enrolled in the following courses next week: Algebra I, Ameican  Literature and Composition, Biology, and US History

The testing dates have been modified due to 12-6-2022 now being an ELBC day for the GA Senate Runoff

12- 7 American Literature and Composition - 1

12- 8 American Literature and Composition - 2,3

12 - 9 Biology

12 -12 Algebra I

12 - 13 US History

12-14 through 16 Makeups

Parents andor Guardians - It is extremely important that students are on time and in school these days. The GMAS is a state madated test and cannot be exempted. It counts for 20% of a student's grade for the semester. Please make every attempt to have your student(s) here and on time these days. Thank you for your support in this.


Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year at Charles R. Drew High School. We are excited to have everyone back in the building and look forward to a great and productive year.

Some reminders and information:

Lost Laptop/ Equipment Link

If you have lost your laptop, charger, or bag you need to follow the instructions below to replace them.

Go to

Select Register Now

Fill in the registration code “hP1mC6vA6t”, select “I’m Not a Robot” and follow the instructions. Once completed select “Next”.


Complete Registration Form to order

ELBC User Agreement Form.pdf

Laptop Agreement Form - Please fill this form out for your student to receive his or her laptop if they are new 9th graders to CDHS or if they are recent transfers to CDHS. Students will not receive a laptop without the form. 

Medical Magnet Sign Up Information


Parents/ Guardians - Please follow the link below to go to set up appointments with your student's counselor. Meetings are by appointment only.

Counseling Appointment Requests 

Request Enrollment Verification

Click here for Online Registration


Click here for Records Requests

School Supplies 

Parents/ Guardians - We have been asked about school supplies so here is a general list. This is not all that your student may need but it is a good starting place. 

Loose Leaf Paper (college ruled), Binder, Notebooks (college ruled), A storage device (external hard drive, flash drive, etc), pencils and pens.

Please make sure that your student has his/ her laptop if they attended CDHS last year. They should bring computer, charger, and bag to school daily. 

** Announcements will be made on this page and automated calls as to when new students will pick up laptops.

Parents and Students, please click here to view photos from the 2021 Graduation Ceremony      Graduation Photos