Something a lot of parents whose kids benefit from white privlage and just have a higher standard of living don't want to talk about is the systematic segregation that occurs at Inman. The school's system is primarily set up to allow people with higher socioeconomic status to do better and achieve more throughout their middle school years. It is completely unacceptable and unfair. The administration has a noticeable difference in expectations, whether academic or behavioral, for people that either come from a lower income family or have a darker skin tone. I am a 8th grader at Inman and have met many different people that are borderline racist and to put it plainly ignorant. In conclusion, I would state that Inman middle is a school that has systems in place that allow only a kind of people to succeed and sort of push everyone else in the background. But maybe that is not just Inman and actually our county as a whole.
My son finished 6th grade. Teachers are pretty good. More project work than I expected which a good challenge. Good sports pgms. Principal is responsive and engaged. It's overcrowded and has some issues with fighting. But it's a good school.
The school gets it's reputation for academic sucess from two sources, first are the children of well educated parents who work at the CDC and colleges and universities, these kids come prepared and would test well anywhere no matter what the school itself did or did not do. It is not surprising to learn that in an area where houses cost upwards of $600,000.00 the children of doctors and lawyers and college professors do well on tests. Then then too, there are some very good teachers. On the other hand the violence and drugs are not adressed to the point where kids are asked by teachers to tell their parents about how dangerous the school is for the adults.
My son attends 7th grade at Inman. Overall, as a parent I'm very pleased with the school. My son is all praises for some of the teachers. He is in the gifted program and enjoys his classes. My only gripe is that there doesn't seem enough homework for him on a daily basis! However I must say that the project work required of them really encourages them to work hard and think outside the box. I have to say that in the beginning we had apprehensions about this school, but now we all are happy to be here.
I am currently a student at Inman. I think that this school is as good quality as, say, Woodward Academy, or many other private schools in the Atlanta area. Many parents are concerned about violence, bullying, and drugs, but the truth is that while there are fights, there are not so violent as some people make them out to be, and bullying and drug- use would happen as much, if not more, at a private school. The teachers are excellent and it is very diverse. However, I would say that Inman, unlike some other schools doesn't "hold your hand", so if your child needs a lot of help staying organized and isn't self- sufficient then you might want to look into another school.
Great school if you are of European descent or meet certain socio-economic criteria, otherwise you are not welcomed. The surrounding neighborhood, better known as the "Grady Cluster" tries to run this school as if it were their own "private school". This is my child's first year and fortunately she thrives in any environment. Other disadvantaged students may not be so lucky. A new principal is desperately needed, one who will see that the needs of all of the students are met.
My son has an IEP and has absolutely flourished at Inman. I was worried because we were moving into the district from the suburbs. The faculty is outstanding and has so much to offer (for example, a 6th grade social studies teacher at Inman won a Pulitzer for her play). The school has a community feel, is diverse, and welcoming. I get a good feeling every time I drive by. I know my son is safe, has access to all sorts of interesting information, experiences and activities. He comes home everyday feeling positive about his progress. Never before has he been more self motivated. Inman is one of the best schools in the APS.