Our daughter entered this school in the 5th grade after we had been relocated to Atlanta for work. She was bullied from the start by a very mean clique of extremely rich girls. Every time we approached someone in an official capacity we were told, "Well, those girls couldn't be doing that. Their parents are fine, upstanding members of the school community." Later we found out that these parents contribute large sums to the school's annual giving campaign every year. The quality of teachers was also subpar. In 7 years at this school my daughter never had a decent teacher in either math or science. This unfortunately led to very low scores on those sections of the ACT. For the social, academic, and administrative reasons above, if you value your child's education, I would strongly encourage you to look at other private schools in Atlanta.
My family is very pleased with the level of education our children are receiving at AIS. It is a very enriching, diverse, caring and safe environment. Teachers and staff truly care for our children and our children are thriving. Families are from all parts of the city and are active in the community.
I've had two children at AIS, and it is a mixed blessing. For my oldest child it worked out well. My younger child, not as well. Their language program is great and my children each speak three languages. however, socially it is hard. In recent years we have noticed the school getting snootier and the caliber of students diminishing to the point where many are now struggling with the IB. The trimester system is a mess and the teachers are very unhappy. So there it is, your children will learn languages and work hard, but they will not enjoy the social situation. Last personal note. I agree with one of the previous comments. The French really do stick to themselves and actively shut others out. I've been to France and the people there are lovely. So it's not a French thing. Perhaps it is a French at AIS thing.
Atlanta International School was the biggest mistake I ever made in my educational career. I am presently a senior applying for college and I left AIS a year ago. The colleges DO NOT ACCEPT AIS's math as an acceptable math subject. AIS put me several grade levels behind in math. The teachers do not care about their students and the faculty attempts to justify unfair treatment by these teachers. I still hold resentment for certain subjects as a whole because of how the teachers handled it. AIS is a scam. Smart parents should do their research before sending their children there.
AIS is an amazing school. All the people there are so wonderful and positive all the time. I learnt 4 languages at the school and am native in 3. I didn't know any other than english when I started at age 4. It gives you such a wonderful experience to grow up with people from all around the world. The teacher are good at what they do and know how to teach in the right way. It hurts me to see that others have not enjoyed AIS as much as I have because it truly is fantastic. The school pushes you to be the best that you can be and builds strong students that can succeed in the real world. It is a hard school, but the people that come out of it are better because of it. Important life skills are learnt and almost everyone who leaves AIS is better because of the experiences had there. I have never heard of any bullying or bad treatment at the school and everyone should check it out! Alumni 2012
AIS This school sound very good on paper. If you are not native speaker in German, Spanish or French -- good luck... They will not tell you that you will need a tutor or nanny to teach your kids language. Some of the teachers are great and very enthusiastic and some have absolutely no clue what they doing... Some PS teachers have no special skills and knowledge at early adulation... You will get a thousands emails about donations/donations/donation and none about you kids progress or problems... For that you will need schedule a meeting with teachers or find out about it at the conference that may be way too late to fix something... Overall my kids are ok but because we do earl with them extra at home... But ask yourself I you want to pay 20K for that.. Big disappointment... Phony school!
AIS was the most precious gift my parents have ever given me. The staff and faculty at the school are absolutely exceptional and always went out of their way to make sure that I was my best academically and socially. I do not think that I would have been able to succeed in such a rigorous program as the IB without the constant support of the administration and teachers. The students were also all generally very nice and unique-being from all over the world. Anything that came close to bullying was immediately addressed by the administration to the highest degree. AIS also has a wonderful theatre program that is above par to any other high school. The language program is definitely like nothing else and has left me breezing through my language classes in university with ease. I couldn't be prouder to be an AIS alumna and I will always cherish the memories and the support I received from the school. When I break from this poor, college student status, I will without a doubt make annual donations.
My child spent 12 years at this school; we couldn't see it through financially. My child did learn how to enjoy learning ; in the pre-k thru 5th grade the teachers were awesome, although the admistration was horrible in the primary section;in middle school the "money" started to matter more and more in admission decisions and among parents cliques....including the language tracks of students and the quality of the teachers was ok for the most part; in high school there were a few ultra long term teachers who dictate the course of your student's life at the school - that is simply unacceptable. Too many parents get jobs at the school which in my view gives certain students a better treatment versus others; the school wouldn't work with us financially to allow our child to graduate there, and indeed did not release our child's transcript until all of the tuition was paid...overall very disappointed with how were were treated over well a decade of service to the school volunteering, etc :-(
Ouch! So sad to read such a negative review of what is, essentially, a great school. To the previous reviewer, I'm sorry your bullying experience wasn't resolved to your satisfaction. Sadly every school has bullying so, hopefully, your next experience will be better. Wow...no school is perfect but I have never come across a school which is more open to discussion with parents and students, and to trying to improve the way they do things. If your child is smart, verbal and highly intelligent, this could well be the school for you since AIS offers something for everyone, no matter what his/her interest or strength. As a full IB school, AIS offers a challenging level of academics and many extra curricula opportunities. The school and parents go to great lengths to welcome new students and families; I have spoken with secondary students, new to the school, who were amazed that everyone was so friendly and helpful. This school is not 'international' in name only. If your child attends AIS, they cannot help but receive an education with a global perspective.
I just graduated from AIS in May 2011 and I am now enrolled in undergraduate studies in the New York area. AIS provides a high quality education and the focus is on the student. The number of teachers I had over nine years who helped me, inspired me, and allowed me to grow ... just incredible. I can't speak much for the administrative side of things but the instruction was first rate. I feel prepared for whatever comes next. I grew at AIS through my participation in organized sports, theatre, music, and creative writing. The IB program is serious stuff and will be a challenge for anyone. I made it through, though! I only wish I could have taken both theatre and music in the IB Diploma Program. Both of those programs are great and taught by amazing instructors, but IB only allows one group six subject. Also, there are numerous opportunities to travel internationally as an AIS student. I participated in THIMUN two years and got to see Holland, Germany and met many other students from around the world. One thing I would like to see AIS improve upon would be the communication. All around, this is an area that needs some work. I am proud to be an AIS alumnus now!
I am a student at AIS and have been since 4-year kindergarten. In high school now, I definitely would say that AIS has become a home to me. I am always encouraged by my teachers who have my best interests at heart and find that AIS helps me and my classmates to have a balanced life. With the help of teachers and counselors, I'm able to strive in academics, physical health, and do community service through AIS. I love that AIS has no "cliques". I feel like I am very much a part of the lives of all my classmates and the social environment is anything but exclusive. Although I was only a new student when I came in kindergarten, I know that the new students who join my grade and others are always taken in. People always take the time to get to know them. I think because the grades are small, we soon become a family (even though that sounds clich ) and there is always support for those who need it. I also have a great relationship with the faculty and enjoy talking with the cafeteria ladies, as we know each other by name. I appreciate and treasure the opportunity of coming to AIS and hope that others can be changed by the school that has had such a large role in nurturing my growth.
What a wonderful schools AIS is. From its leadership, faculty, staff, community, etc. AIS is without a doubt the best international school in Atlanta, Georgia. AIS is located 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta, GA (404) 841-3840
Both our son and daughter are in the secondary school at AIS and have a truly exceptional educational and cultural experience. They have close friends from both Europe and Latin America and are both actively participating in exchange programs. Theater and model UN are two particularly strong extracurricular activities. There is also a strong soccor team although other sports are not emphasized. The teachers are a much more interesting group of people than one finds at secondary schools and on the whole are very engaged and involved with the students. Parents have been extremely friendly and there are many informal parties and other events that include both parents and students.
After several years in the secondary school, it's clear one of the basic problems with AIS is the utter lack of customer service: by the time a parent is paying close to $20,000/year for their child(ren)'s IB education, they need to experience more listening, responsive behaviors from the school's leaders. Were it not for the worldwide quality assurances of the IB curriculum, AIS would be a very average school with sub-par administrators and staff, despite a very good albeit transient faculty. Key problems include: a highly subjective college counseling staff that only recently acquired professional software for tracking workflow...a math/high class that's mixed in with math/standard students, to a class total of 28...lackluster and turbulent programming for the new Mandarin track...a recurring theft problem exacerbated by the school's use of unlocked lockers for PR...trustees who are overly involved with the day-to-day operations of the school...We left with mixed feelings for AIS.
Our child is in her third year at AIS and we have been extremely happy with the school. Having come from overseas we felt immediately that we were part of the school community and the buddy program worked very well for us. Our daughter has thrived at the school, speaks French very well and impressed French people we know back in Europe. AIS is now one of the few schools in the US accredited with the MYP for the IB. I was frankly amazed at some of the comments here as our experience has been nothing but positive. The arrival of Kevin Glass has been a welcome addition but we felt that there had already been improvements in communication and openness. We see the school as going from strength to strength.
Atlanta International School is one of distinct polar opposites: the primary school employs capable and creative teachers who do all that is within their possibility to engage their students and help them learn to love knowledge and language. But as soon as one reaches the middle school, everything one does is chastised and scrutinized and given an infraction without a legitimate reason or any explanation. I abhored the entirety of my middle school experience: there was minimal communication between teachers, administration and parents; almost all teachers were uninspired and lack lustre, which reflected in my (usually above par) English scores; the students were moody and rebellious thanks to the entire convoluted system. As a freshman in the high school, we are begins subjected to yet another new head, Kevin Glass. Hopefully he'll rev up what was once a fantastic school and fire some of the most notorious teachers.
AIS has lofty goals, but the quality of its teachers is below average. Also, the MS program involves too much discipline and not enough true challenges for the students. The schedule of ever-changing daily classes (every 8 days, and then that again changes due to holidays, field trips, guest lectures, etc.) is very confusing for the students to keep up with and offers no real benefits. The curriculum for Math and Sciences need to be more rigorous (and maybe silly classes like 'PSHE' and 'DEAR' could be done away with, please?) and the teachers need to be nicer and more involved. A disappointing experience for us for MS for sure. The teachers we've had in European and American public schools were MUCH more impressive than at AIS! This school should focus on improving its staff first, NOT its buildings and athletic fields. (AIS Athletics are very weak anyway!)
Great school; the I.B program is simply excellent compared to the American curriculum which only provides students with the bare minimum and no view on the 'outside' world. It provides students with life-long skills and it simply makes you a better overall person. You learn to be hard-working due to the loads of work, and you learn to be a responsible and tolerant young adult. At this school, I have made friends from all around the globe, and the atmosphere at this school is like no other.
AIS is an interesting place. Can be an enchantment (as you will find in several reviews) or a disappointment (as it was for others). The main difference stems from what teachers your children had in primary and especially in middle school. If you were lucky to have a good teacher (as some of them were), great; if not, then you would have to deal with teachers which are really subpar and with a leadership body that is like a perfect stone, ie rigid, non-reflective and dull. Math and science are in great need of improvement, otherwise the SAT scores will continue to look as bad they are now. Hence, in order to be successful, the new principal will need to stick to his guns (hopefully the right ones and well calibrated), fire a few teachers and institute a house of rules, consistency and high standards throughout. Good luck!
Hi, I am a student at AIS and I have some thoughts for the new Headmaster. I have heard that the old-fashion principals were pacing the classes regularly, trying to monitor the quality of classroom teaching in the entire school. That sounds like a great, forgotten tool for all school heads and principals! One of the reviews about AIS brought up the idea of quality surveys and feedback another great way of finding the truths that generally get berried in various offices overtime. Giving feedback to the teachers and asking for regular feedback from parents and children need to be paired with dynamism, zero-tolerance for byzantine relationships and inadequate quality. If these changes won't happen soon, some children will be attending other schools in the meantime and the school reputation will be then more difficult to repair. There is great momentum in the next 6 months!
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