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The Atlanta School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $270,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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Posted September 5, 2013

It is unfortunate to see the nasty things that people are saying about the The Atlanta School, Inc. Both of my children attended this school for 5+ years. What I saw were teachers that were paid very little and worked harder than most. These teachers and administrators loved and nurtured the WHOLE child and it was from that perspective that they taught them. The Atlanta School was their LIFE and they were committed to helping raise strong, intelligent, responsible citizens. They also did this with limited parental involvement. It is unfortunate that the public doesn't know the whole story in regards to why teachers were let go...if you did, perhaps you would retract your nasty statements and let TAS be. It is the end of an era. We are sorry to see TAS go. TAS was active in the community for nearly 30 years and will be greatly missed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2013

this school was once great. not surprised they closed, i know enrollment was down. they should have made sure all of thier staff were credible and actually accredited.

Posted July 11, 2013

Such a shame. . . I was one of the school s biggest supporters but now I am truly disgusted by the principal s questionable choices and the unfortunate events that took place at TAS these past few months. . .Half of the teachers were either let go or quit this year. . . Extremely high teacher turnover. . . Most of the current teachers do not have an education background/degree and are not state certified. . .This year alone TAS lost over half of its student body. . . Principal and so called co-principal (don t know what she does for the school) actively work against teachers; are condescending and hateful to students, parents, and teachers; and have questionable disciplinary techniques. . .the nonfunctioning school board is comprised of the principal s family members and friends. . .I pulled my child from TAS after well qualified/educated teachers left the school this past spring. . .Find a different school for your child. . .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 28, 2012

The Atlanta School is amazing because it celebrates our children's personalities and talents. It considers the whole child -- both challenges and strengths. The curriculum rewards curiosity and without doubt, is an extraordinary place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 27, 2012

The 2012-2013 school year brought a mass exodus of students. Believe me, they were not without reason. This is what I do know: Not all of the teachers are certified certification is imperative. Every child deserves the right to learn from someone who is educated in the subject, is aware of how to manage a classroom and can comprehend and execute lessons. Split Classrooms are Unsuccessful at TAS. Teachers Do Not Have Lesson Plans Children are subject to learn anything; or nothing at all. The field trips are great, but for those of us, who pulled our students from the school, we have learned a costly lesson our children were not learning appropriate, grade-level curriculum. Mathematics and English Simply put, the school does not teach. Do not allow the administration to convince you that lessons and report cards are individualized for students. I can show you 5 students with identical report cards from two different grades. Demand to see curriculum that aligns with State of Georgia Standards, do not allow standardized tests to be hand-graded and make sure your child can read and write well above grade level.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2012

I am a volunteer who comes in every week to teach knitting to the 4th/5th grade class. They are an engaging, charming class of children. I find their love of learning, focus and care for each other to be wonderful to experience. As they knit, I often overhear conversations, or a couple of the girls will sing together, and it is such a happy place. If I had children of school age I would most certainly choose this school. Some of the negative entries I have read just do not reflect what I have seen.

Posted October 29, 2012

My children have been at The Atlanta School for three years and we are thrilled with this school! They are learning so much and, just as important, feel respected and loved. As a parent, I like the small classes and the attention my children receive. I was drawn to the school because of its integrated curriculum and, being an artist, the arts. The school addresses the unique needs of each child -- what more could you ask?
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Posted October 25, 2012

I am a former parent who is disappointed, disheartened and disgusted that after 20 + years, The Atlanta School is allowed to represent themselves as a progressive private school in Atlanta. Field trips and non educational experiences were great but a hefty price to pay for the lack of a standard curriculum and the damage that was done to my child academically. The administrators at TAS should feel ashamed!!! PLEASE think twice before subjecting your child to this non accredited so called school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2012

If you want a small school with individualized instruction, this is the perfect place. We like the attention and caring that our children receive. When math seemed too easy for our son, the teacher put together an Algebra packet that challenged him. Our daughter loves that art is integrated with the academics and doesn't want to leave when we pick her up at the end of the day. There is also a family atmosphere and we felt welcome on the first day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2012

My daughter recently graduated from The Atlanta School and went to a public high school. She is doing very well academically and socially. We feel she was well prepared for high school and credit The Atlanta School for her success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2012

The Atlanta School offers a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Subjects are integrated through in-depth studies around focused topics. This allows students to gain a broader understanding of concepts over time rather than only obtaining surface level knowledge through rote memorization of facts. Teachers promote autonomy and self-reliance as they build meaningful relationships with each student. TAS honors the learning process as much as the product and truly inspires students to become life-long learners. Our children's transition into public school has been a positive one due to the strong emotional and educational foundation they received at The Atlanta School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2012

While there are some positive aspects, everything depends on the teacher. My typically progressing student now has an IEP in public school, and is below grade level. TAS may be a good fit for Pre-K, but beware of anything past that. A total waste of two years... There are must better options in Atlanta, especially for what you're paying at TAS.
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Posted October 6, 2012

The Atlanta School provided a disappointing educational experience. My child did not learn the academics needed to advance to the next grade level. The school's dysfunctional organization made it a frustrating place to be a parent. The lack of professional behavior and teacher expertise in dealing with students and parents was alarming.
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Posted October 2, 2012

I have a son and a daughter who attend The Atlanta School. I LOVE this school! The children get individualized attention and the teachers do in fact teach the Common Core standards. My daughter is now learning phonics, geometry, and the basic principles of writing in her Kindergarten class. The end of year reports give parents greater insight into their child's learning than a traditional public school. The children are happy and love to go to school! I definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2012

This school gives progressive education a bad name. Don't get me wrong -- the field trips and experiences were fun. But the academics are just not there. I had two children at TAS, and both had alarming gaps in knowledge when they left and had to be placed in remedial programs. The school does not consistently teach the basics -- phonics, spelling, time, money. There were no records and no standards for the teachers. In the end, I wonder whether we did more harm than good by sending our kids here. Beware!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2012

My children attended The Atlanta School for 2 years, and from what I could tell, it was a great learning environment, with individualized approaches to learning. During this past summer, my Mother who is a retired educator worked with my youngest child, and she came to realize that my daughter was not on grade level. She is now enrolled in a local public school, and was tested in math and reading, and is below her grade level. She is in the 4th grade, and was not taught the core standards for the 3rd grade. She did not know how to multiply, divide, for she was NEVER presented with the concepts. Her current teacher asked me, "What happened?" I could not answer. On the surface all seems well at The Atlanta School, but they are not teaching core standards set by the State of Georgia, and my child was left behind. I am broken hearted, and terribly disappointed for I was an active member of the parent group, and initially cared for the school, and what they stood for. My child was the victim in this situation, for she now must take special needs classes to catch up on what she did not learn, along with a math tutor. Paying $12K for a lackluster education was a hefty price.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2012

We love this school. We have been there a couple of years and our child is excited to go to school everyday. The playful learning and the acceptance of every child is wonderful.
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Posted August 18, 2011

The Atlanta School has some wonderful aspects - especially the emphasis on outdoor education, field trips and one-on-one attention with the children. However, they have some major security issues, especially for an intown school and are far less-than-enthusiastic about addressing them (very much a circle-the-wagons approach to the discussion). There are also concerns about curriculum for future transfers (we had to undergo more testing than usual to transfer out b/c of lack of grading techniques). If the family is a good fit, then the school might be good. We had a miserable experience here and do not recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2010

The Atlanta School has an under the radar population of children who have special learning needs - but does not have the classroom support in place for them. This seems to result in either a punative approach to all students to keep a child with a behavior issue in check or attention given to a child who has greater needs than the teacher ratio is set up for. It is also not an accredited schol. It is very hands on and does have some wonderful programs if you catch the right teacher or the right year - but curriculum and teacher quality is is not consistent. It also seems like it would or should be friendlier than the parents actually is a very insular group of parents. This might be a good choice for early elementary, but not for upper elementary or middle school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2010

The Atlanta School offers a great education, individualized for each child. In addition to a great education, the school offers a wonderful and supportive community.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 44%
Black 27% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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