Michael and Iara Gustafson started Atlas Academy in September of 2018 (then known as Dracut Children’s House) for their son Kash, who was one-and-a-half at the time.
Prior to that, Michael was a Kindergarten teacher for four years in Dracut. During his time there, he earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and he tutored students on the side in all grades up through high school.
One day, in June of 2018, Michael submitted his resignation letter to his principal, and drove down the street to sign a lease with the building owner at 112 Sladen St. in Dracut.
It was a big leap, but Michael and Iara were willing to risk it all to build a school for their son.
They started in an empty building with no students; and now they are entering their third year with 4 classrooms and over 40 students ranging from toddler up to 1st grade.
Atlas Academy started as a preschool called Dracut Children’s House. But now, it has added a private elementary school program with a Kindergarten and 1st grade class.
Atlas Academy operates the first private school program in Dracut’s history.
Looking forward, they will continue to grow and add grades each year--2nd grade, 3rd grade, etc.--up through high school.
Their goal is to build a school to educate children from birth to maturity.
Michael and Iara Gustafson are still at the beginning of a big project to provide the best education possible for their children, and for other families in the area.