I recently went to this school with my six year old daughter seeking information about the school. The girl in the front of the school was very very rude. I approached her and asked if I could speak with someone, she then told me to wait. I waited for 30minutes. She then left and never came back. After I got fed up of waiting I asked a security guard where could i find an administrator, he pointed to the room down the hall. I saw someone (forgot her name) then she gave me an information packet. she was extremely unprofessional in her demeanor. When i was leaving i saw that the front desk girl still didn't come back.
Our daughter has been at AIS for 7 years. Can't say enough about the institution. They keep getting better and better every year. Great leadership at the top, but more importantly, totally dedicated teaching staff who genuinely care about our children. While the reputation of the school is outstanding, in the end, what we care most is the quality of instruction - and that is definitely a positive. The international IB program prepares children perfectly for the world they're about to enter. Great school!
Our Daughter has attended this school for 10 years now. The dual language program has left her totally fluent in two languages and the IB Program has taught her to think more broadly about the subjects she is being taught. Whenever I visit the school I am always impressed by the positive interaction between students, showing respect for each other. I do not believe that any school can totally eradicate all forms of bullying but, when cases come to light they are looked into and dealt with. I know of at least one case that resulted in expulsion recently. I cannot help thinking that some of the more negative reviews are posted by parents of older students who took issue over a necessary policy that required students who drive to school to park off campus. No school is perfect in every aspect but I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this great school to families interested in the IB Program and a dual language track.
It appears that the recent 7 reviews on 9/24/15 are all written by the same 'parent' and are all similar.
Our 3 children were at AIS for past several years. We took them out of this terrible school 3 years ago due to serious bullying issues and academic and administrative slack. While I agree that all schools may have some degree of bullying issue, its the way AIS mishandles the bullying issues that is the problem. Basically, AIS does not acknowledge that there is ANY bullying problem. If you report it, they shrug it away, deny it, or blame your children. If a child is bullied and has emotional problem as a result of it, any degree of academics does not help. Academically, AIS has slacked off the curve. College counsellors all left last year to go to another school. Check out teachers' review of AIS (google it) and you will see how poorly teachers are treated at this school. Children are given preference based on how much money their parents contribute to the school. I just don't understand why someone would pay $23K per year to a school which is subpar academically, and has serious social issues as you can see in the reviews below. Thankfully, our children are at a different private school in Atlanta and are thriving well. After we left AIS and experienced the new school, we wondered why did we suffer through for so many years. What a difference we see in our children at the new school. Parents, be forewarned. Do your research.
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!