As many others have noted, AIS looks wonderful on paper. When I first toured the school in sixth grade, I got the impression that I would be able to learn a couple and languages as well as reap the benefits of high academic standards, all while being in an environment that does not tolerate bullying. Unfortunately, I am sad to write that my expectations were unrealistic. Although I did learn many new languages (and I cannot thank the teachers enough), the students were an entirely different story. I, like many other students, felt isolated from the "popular" clique that seemed to encompass three-fourths of the grade. Furthermore, the administration flat out denied that there was a bullying problem. Additionally, its academics were slightly below average, and keep in mind that I was taking very high level courses. On a more positive note, however, I did have the opportunity to work with some truly talented teachers. Educators from the Science and language departments come to mind. In summary, like all schools, AIS has its problems. If you want your child to be challenged academically as well as comfortable in a social context, I would not recommend AIS.
AIS This school sound very good on paper. However, if you are not native speaker in German, Spanish or French they will not tell you that your child needs tutor to teach your kids the language. Some of the teachers are great and very enthusiastic and some have absolutely no clue what they doing and would rather not be bothered if your child needs any special help. For example if you go to them with concerns about your students progress they will tell you to wait and keep telling you to wait. You will get a thousands emails about donations and useless information that you don't care about 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. The administration is very unhelpful and don't really do anything. Overall my kids are okay and socially the class my daughter is in is diverse and the parents are wonderful. But ask yourself I you want to pay 20K for that plus tutoring which makes it closer to 30k? Big disappointment!
If you value your money and sanity, STAY AWAY from Atlanta International School. AIS not only tolerates bullying, it promotes a culture of bullying. If you want your children to go through serious bullying, this is the place to be. Per my knowledge, according to a recent school survey, 50% of children in each grade have been bullied in SS. After several yrs of AIS, we pulled out our children due to intense, prolonged bullying that remained uncontained for more than a year. Administration just does not accept there is bullying, and has no idea or inclination to stop bullying. In fact, they promote the bullies to leadership position in school because of serious nepotism. Some of the bullies are children of big donors or children whose parents work at school. They get away with anything! Headmasters are recruited every 2-4 yrs with very little US experience, leading to intense instability. Some teachers are good and some are poor. Very weak math and sciences program. SAT scores are low with poor college counseling. Socially, AIS is a very difficult school. AVOID THIS SCHOOL!
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!