It is almost impossible to please every single person in a community, people think that because is an expensive school kids have to be treated as unique persons but the reality is that kids needs to go to school to learn not only academics but real life and it takes a lot of knowledge and work to lead staff,teachers, students and on top to please the parents. Our kids need to be prepared for everything when they go to college, not only the academics!
Great teachers, very involved, they do offer free tutoring after school or during breaks.
If a student is not performing well, teachers will contact their parents to follow up. This is something not very common in all the schools!
AIS has its own policy regarding homework and teachers have to plan according to the policies. Although there are subjects that requires practice and it is necessary to leave homework in order to reinforce what they learned.
Definitely they do develop persistence,grit and determination. Academically AIS is a great challenge for students and they need it in order to succeed . I remember last year we, the parents had a conference provided by the school, regarding this topic.
Respect is a topic that should start at home and then the school reinforce it. Regarding AIS I believe that the whole community is very open to respect and the school strongly supports it because of the different lifestyles and cultures.
The teachers from other far away countries and the families as well create a big consciousness of the necessities of other families worldwide , also they create a lot of opportunities to serve in the community and care.
AIS is very strict regarding honesty, also the diversity of cultures teaches the kids to be fair with each other and since is an international school fairness is a major topic in it.
The school exposes the students to different programs inside and outside the US which increases the integrity of each and every student in the school.
Having 3 kids, one graduated in AIS and other in the process to graduate next year, my first daughter was in AIS back in 1997, then we had to relocate, so I can share my experience of schools in US, Latin America and Asia and I feel blessed that my younger kids came back to AIS. By far is the best multicultural environment , great IB oriented education. Certainly there is no school in the world free of bullies or who's who situations, because that is a problem coming from homes not created at schools, although knowing children being bullied in other countries and in other US private schools, I loved the warmth and welcoming of AIS.
At AIS There are great opportunities for parents to get involved, which helps to improve the quality of assistance to the students,because we the parents are the toughest supervisors a school could have. I know there are still a lot of teachers since 1997 and the school is always improving the faculty by bringing teachers from overseas , so that our kids can experience the teachings from other cultures, what makes the learning process more interesting for them.
I am proud of my kids graduating from AIS not only because the great academic curriculum but also because they are graduating with a global sense of what a multicultural society is today.
Our kid recently graduated from this school and got accepted to a great university but we would give this school an average rating and we would strongly advise any parents who look to send their children here to determine carefully. A few pros and cons from our family's own experience with the school to share with you. PROS: the school did have a great pool of teachers when our kid started there, but under the current administration, many very good teachers have left to other international schools. The language programs are as close to a fully immersion experience as it can be. For our family, we preferred the IB program over the U.S. traditional high school program. CONS: There is a so-called "e-lite" community in this school, mostly determined by social economic means so for those parents who labor their hard-work to save for their kids to attend AIS, be mindful of the social-economic peer pressure that your kids may experience at AIS. Related reason, we think, and other parents have voiced, is that the bad behaviors may not have been addressed properly to provide positive reinforcement to learning environment because either it may be a "who's who" situation with the student in question or the Admin does not want to deal with it. As other parents pointed out, if a student is not a native speaker in German, Spanish, or French languages, AIS's program would not proactively provide language help for non-native speakers of these languages so if your kids fall in this category, this may or may not be the environment. In general, the school lacks of supporting to non-native speaking students to achieve the benefits the immersion language program that such students are in. Our kid was not a native Spanish speaker and none of us speak any other language than English at home so we needed to spend significant amount of time with our kid (way lot more than we thought we would need to when we decided to invest in this kind of tuition). Amongst with other shortfalls of the school's administration and programs, my spouse had to stay home for a period of time to help our kid overcame the challenges inherited in the school's culture and practices in order to achieve the great features of the program. Similar effects could be seen in parent communities. The current Admin, the school is dominantly liberal. This influences the learning environment significantly.
The jury is still out on this school. We have a 5th and 7th grader. Its test scores were not great last year for the rising 7th graders and the enchantment starts to wear off for more parents after the 3rd grade. They have far too many teachers who are parents to the point that you wonder why so many are hired. It does not take incidents of inappropriate student behavior seriously and it does affect the learning environment. UPDATE AFTER THE 8TH GRADE GRADUATION IN 2015: So, there was a mass exodus of some of the very best students. About 15 students out of a class of 90-100 left. The administration should be asking questions about how they can keep their best students rather than driving them off. Many of them left competing schools in the Atlanta area including the well-known private schools and public schools with the reputation of being solid and helping their best students get into great colleges. AIS has administration problems and has lost many teachers.