The Atlanta Girls School is one of the rare gems within the educational system in Atlanta. It has been such a confidence boost for my daughter. Having 2 children (boys) at other schools in the area, I have had the benefit of comparing them. Without a doubt i have seen the benefits of single sex education. My daughter has been able to develop and grow without the typical social pressures that other girls encounter at coed schools. The staff is so nurturing and pour into those girls on a daily basis. As a business woman, I wish i had had this education as a child; there is no telling what i could have accomplished if i had had a head start with my confidence and academic achievements.
I completely disagree with the review that says if you have a smart girl, this school will not encourage individuality. I feel just the opposite! I know many brilliant girls that go to AGS that could easily be at other private schools in Atlanta. They are extremely challenged at AGS. The difference is, not only are they challenged but they develop a love of learning because they do focus on how girls learn. My daughter loves computers, math and science. She is extremely technologically advanced for her age as a result of AGS's iPad program and how they incorporate technology into the classroom. My daughter is in middle school and wakes up every morning, with a strong desire to go to school and a love of learning. What more can I ask for? In middle school? I couldn't be happier! She is blossoming into a beautiful, responsible young person who cares about others. She loves her friends and she loves her teachers. It just doesn't get much better than that! I can't speak for the curriculum at other schools, I just know I am impressed with what she is learning at AGS! If you live in Atlanta, and you have a girl, you are missing out if you don't seriously consider AGS!!
AGS is one of a kind in Atlanta, and it provided my girl with opportunities that she had not experienced at her previous independent school. The no-cut policy in middle school sports allowed her to try volleyball and swimming for the first time, which opened possibilities that led to club involvement and elected roles. She is now a successful sophomore at a leading university in the northeast and is thriving. Her success would not be possible without her caring teachers, coaches, and advisor at AGS. They knew her well and helped her reach further than she thought possible.
Save your money. The focus is not on academics but on some strange idea of how girls should learn. If your daughter is really smart, this is not a school that will encourage or promote individuality. I was sold on same gender education but very disappointed in how my child was treated. Extraordinarily high turnover with staff. 3 good teachers, the rest were marginal. This school caters to the lowest common denominator.
AGS is a one-of-a-kind school. GIrls feel completely free to be themselves, while faculty focus on helping them access their best selves. Students benefit from guidance in numerous intellectual pursuits (a larger percentage of graduates of this school attend top-ranked schools by Forbes than most Atlanta independent schools), but they also learn to lead and follow. Girls benefit from internship programs, global travel, no-cut athletics in middle school and much more. Because no boys are around, faculty can actively help girls practice strong intellectual inquiry and social problem-solving. Girl drama exists everywhere (because girl meanness in middle school is explained by both brain and hormonal science), but at AGS girls are called out when they exert social power inappropriately. Many girls at this school elect to go further in math and science than girls at co-ed schools. After their AGS and college careers, girls go on to become White House staff, attend medical school, pursue college counseling careers, become entrepreneurs, and more.
I would have to disagree whole-heartedly with the parent who stated that an AGS education is sub-par. I attended AGS for five years and had a wonderful experience. I found that it prepared me extremely well for the ivy-league university which I attended. The teachers are ALWAYS willing to stay after school to help students understand material. Teachers form relationships with the students, and often write them recommendations for jobs years after graduation. Because AGS is a growing school, it provides endless opportunities for leadership and community-building by the students themselves. These experiences, though not traditional "classroom-learning" are invaluable and will be useful for the rest of the students' lives. Parents: DO send your daughters to AGS!
My daughter is currently a 7 th grade student at AGS. Her first year was a year of unparalleled growth and personal discovery. I watched my daughter blossom into a full fledged athlete, scholar, actress, and Social butterfly. I saw her take risks and make many new friends. She didn't have any friends on day 1 but she quickly made them on all grade levels. Her teachers were extremely supportive and were available for after school tutoring. She was not afraid to run for office or try different sports. I truly believe in the mission of the school. The student teacher ratio last year was 9 to 1! I recommend this school without reservation.
I am going into freshman year, and I hope to stay for all of high school. I love this school! I have so many friends, and I really feel accepted. The teachers all genuinely care about us, and I know I have a few teachers that I wouldn't hesitate to go to if I had a problem. However, the school is not for everyone. It's a very small community with no boys. Girls who want to live huge social lives and go to football games and date wouldn't like this school. I am very happy here. Of course, you can't stop girls from gossiping, and there has been drama, but it has always been resolved before it got nasty. We still see boys; we have dances with a military academy, and socials, and we go to neighboring schools football gems.most girls have found that doing a n activity outside of school gives hem more time with boys, and most of my friend have discovered that high school boys aren't really all that great. If you want a real experience, try a shadow day. I really recommend it. To the reviewer who said their kid wasn't welcomed, I'm very sorry. I have never heard of anything like that happening. Honestly, I always se my friends being warm and open to all new students
My daughter attended this attened this school for one year. I would not recommend that any responsible parent send their daughter to this school. The education is not up to the standards that they claim that it is. Don't send your daugthers to this school.
I have loved every minute of my AGS experience, I am very blessed to go to a school with such great people and teachers, the girls in my grade are like my sisters. AGS is the best place for your daughter and I can't imagine my life without AGS.
In a sentence, There is no better school for your daughter in Atlanta. I am continually amazed and impressed by the growth I see in my daughter and her class mates. Their ability to advocate, defend, take risks, think for themselves and think outside the box is refreshing. The compassion and inclusiveness that they have amongst each other and for students outside AGS makes me proud. I have gotten so much more than I pay for and am completely happy with my choice. Of all the schools we visited, this one is hands down the most diverse independent school in the Atlanta area. The only thing lacking at AGS is the pretentiousness, snootiness and haughtiness that is ever so present at many other private institutions.
My daughter has been at AGS for 6 years and this is her senior year. I'm a single parent father so I wanted to put my daughter around positive female role models. It has been perfect, there are a few bad teachers anywhere you go but at AGS they are few. I was given an incredible financial aid deal and the most forgiving atmosphere I could imagine. My daughter has maintained an A average and made 2100 on the SAT, the colleges are calling. Do yourself a favor and look long and hard at AGS, for your little girl if you have done any kind of job as a parent at all she will excel.
My daughter is entering her 5th year at AGS. We are thrilled with the education she is receiving. The teachers are dedicated to each girl thoroughly understanding the material. They are available each afternoon for tutorial. Girls who participate and work hard are rewarded with a wide choice of the finest colleges and universities in the country. AGS is on the cutting edge of technology. These girls know how to use their computers to their best advantage but are constantly warned about the dangers and pitfalls of technology too. The recent changes in administration are positive and in the long term best interest of the school. There is a great team in place to continue the schools growth and keep AGS relevant in a fast changing world. Don't hesitate to send your daughter to AGS. It is the best life decision we have ever made for our daughters future.
I am a former parent of AGS. The summer before school began,there was a social for new and already students. A few of the AGS students said, "We like things just the way they are. We don't need any new students.". That was the beginning of my daughter's hellish experience at AGS. Attending an all girls school myself, loving it and growing confident through out those years is exactly what I wanted and expected for my daughter. After two years, she was completely torn down with no confidence emotionally or academically. No sense of community, no one was doing anything about the mean girls, teachers were definitely hit or miss and saw examples in the classroom that were opposite of building girls up and more like making them feel bad about themselves. If you need to build your confidence and have people encourage you and believe in you, this isn't the place for you. My daughter has never been the same since her experience at AGS and that's something I have to live with. I have to rate this school with 1 star to post this review but I'm really rating this school "0" stars.
Atlanta Girls' School provides its students with an excellent learning environment and opportunities to fly in their character, connections with the world, and in academics. The school's staff is filled with talented and understanding teachers. I have been able to identify my passions and run with them. I have learned to take risks in the walls of this school that have led me to take chances outside of school that have changed my life. I love the connections that students are able to connect with their teachers, and they help us embrace our education like no other teachers I have known. The sisterhood that I have experienced here is like none other, and I know that as I grow into an adult and make big choices for myself and the world, I will carry my education at AGS with me, and I'll come back and visit all the time! One statement that I live by, that is on a poster in my Biology teacher's classroom at AGS, goes like this: "The FUTURE depends on the PRESENT". I think Atlanta Girls' School is sculpting the female leaders of tomarrow, so the decision to enroll here promises a bright and endless future for the girls of today.
I am a current 8th grader at AGS, and am having a stellar experience. I have been selected by my classmates to be a Circle of Sisters, or a class leader. I have also had many other chances to experience class leadership. My teachers are always friendly and want me to do my best. They are willing to go the extra mile to help me get where I want to be academically. I have loved being at AGS, and I am planning on staying through high school.
This is my daughter's fourth year at the Atlanta Girls School. Her improved confidence and academic achievement testify to this schools' ability to bring out the best in students. She went from getting poor grades in math to being one of the best math students in her grade now. Teachers support her in every endeavor. It is the only school in Atlanta that actually teachs a full semester course in philantrophy. Their internship program is unlike any other in Atlanta. In my daughters Junior and Senior years, she will be doing two internships and an independent study all related to neuroscience that are carefully selected and monitored by an advisor whose sole job is to teach philanthrophy and develop these internships with the girls. My daughter is well on her way to attending a leading university.
I have been at Atlanta Girls School for about three years.(6-8) I feel that this school is A-1 in education but the social life hear is bad. There are cliques and plenty of branding. I call it branding when people brand a certain grade or group of people bad. AGS is great with academics but a sense of community between grades is not there.
This school is not only hypocritical but fake. Teachers only pay attention to who they want to pay attention. There is also unfair behaviors towards other people. They over exaggerate thing that are actually petty. They also act like when we gossip that we killed someone. No matter where you go someone is going to gossip. They also are very bias and accuse people for certain things. This school is over expensive and we're not even getting a good education. Academics are just typical.
Both our girls are at AGS. As a dad, I could not be happier. Serious college-prep academics and a system designed to develop girls into thinkers and leaders, despite the toxic "popular culture" of today's world.
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