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International Community School

Charter | K-6 | 383 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted September 17, 2014

Our last child graduated May 2014 and our whole family misses the overall ICS experience. With that said, it was hard to see so many good teachers and staff leave or be forced out from 2012-2014. Things seemed disorganized and chaotic towards the end and information was filtered at best to concerned parents. They had to do a lot on a tight budget and I hope things get better. This school offers a unique educational experience that is hard to duplicate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2014

ICS has been in transition for the last few years. They moved to a great new space at Medlock. They have really embraced the building and made it their own. A beloved principal stepped down in the fall of 2013 and the school has operated under an interim since then, who has worked doggedly to keep things running and make improvements. There are many great teachers, but we will be starting the school year with many new-to-ICS teachers as many are leaving or have left. This can be scary, but it's also a great time of opportunity for ICS families to embrace change and to make a great school even better. Overall the ICS experience has been a good one for my children. They are thriving academically, and you really can't put a price on the richness of culture and the unique friendships they have built at ICS. I recommend ICS to families that love their community and who have open hearts, open minds, and an interest in service and making the world a better place. The education ICS offers is solid, but know that the ICS experience is beauty in chaos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Great school. Very diverse. Lots of after school activities such as tennis, jogging, and soccer. The annual UN day celebration gets better every year. The children do not see color oe race, they accept each other lovingly without any biases. The children are not flooded with homework. One downfall is the school financial budget is limited and they need to find ways to get big corporations to give the school grant money. Because of that, administration made several changes with the staff that caused a lot of parents to be upset. Otherwise, a good place for children to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

My school is wonderful and is the first school in which my family and I have felt a sense of belonging and community. My son has had exceptional, caring teachers every year and we are looking forward to sending our daughter there next year when she begins kindergarten. I have been pleased with the commitment of the teachers even during some tough challenged we have had this year. This school community is one that is nurturing and focused on educating whole children. Glad to be a part of it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

my first child's first school life starts at ICS with love, care, diverse, curiosity, enthusiasm and new skill....without ICS my child won't be able to get all of the taste of academic. i really appreciated ICS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter is new to the school this year as a kindergartener. And so far she is enjoying each day. I am impressed by the friendliness and warmth of the teachers and staff and how it already is beginning to feel like a family. I like that the school allows time for kids to be kids with two recess periods a day. Also each day the child is exposed to a second language of either French or Spanish. The specials are impressive too; music, art, and science lab. Our first impressions are all favorable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

In a short period of time, it is apparent that children are how to be open, welcoming and inviting to others who may be new, different or just plain shy. After stressing about transitioning our children, we could not be happier that we have finally made the choice now if we could only go all the way to the 8th grade what a beloved community this really would be. Kudos to all those who work hard here the teachers, the administrative staff, the principal everyone for making education and joy your number one priorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

ICS is a place where children matter. The staff both reflect and honor cultural diversity. This school is in the business of nuturing, educating, and developing outstanding world citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Doing the 'Just' thing isn't just a tag line...it's the mission of The International Community School, where educating and supporting refugee children from around the globe along side American children, is a gift to the world. ICS... where everyone is a teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Community, Awareness, Every Child Matters, Amazing Experiences!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

It his giving my beautiful grandaughters a a diverse and broad education that will equip them well to face the challenges and opportunities of life in a multi cultural world. Well done ICS!


Posted April 21, 2010

I love this school for its creativity, caring, values, and extremely qualified teachers. Most parents are unaware that georgia teachers can teach with a four year degree. Its the the little things tha make me feel safe after 4 years of my little girl going to ICS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

I love how each individul child is honored and valued while still creating a sense of community that brings together so many diverse cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I love the mission of the school and its commitment to refugee, international, and community students through the IB curriculum...not to mention the fabulous staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I love most everything at ICS, but they have great teachers/staff who LOVE children and know how to have fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

There is NO PLACE in Atlanta where true diversity is more valued
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I love the school because the atmosphere is like that of a family. The community is a diverse one and the classrooms have a low student teacher ratio, with an assistant teacher in every classroom. The school without question will prepare any child for the WORLD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

My daughter will soon graduate from ICS. She has attended since Kindergarten. She has blossomed into a very caring and beautiful person. I owe much of her disposition to ICS. The school has been an inspiration to our family. Many families have come together at ICS in love and commitment for a better tomorrow and stronger relations across our different cultures. ICS has provided a safe and loving environment that really focus on a child's global development. I am sad that 6th grade will be it for us at ICS. ICS will do a great job with winning America's Favorite School as they have already done so much with so little. If you have never heard of ICS, visit our web site www.icsgeorgia.org.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

I have worked in the afterschool program at ICS for four years providing a Character Club Program for Kindergarteners. I am a retired teacher and never have I witnessed such a dedicated, caring, loving school community. The teachers and staff truly care about the children and each other. It seems to be a very supportive environment. The teachers are happy to be there (inspite of the fact that their salaries are lower than others in the system) and work well together to support the mission of the school (to serve the children and their families). Furthermore, I am very impressed with the International Bacalaureate Curriculum and the way it focuses on educating the whole child (mind, body and spirit) and helping each child to develop a sense of his or her identity as a world citizen. The children are so loving and eager to learn, inspite of the many horrors and hardships many of them have experienced. They are caring and compasionate and work hard to be 'Peacemakers'. This school is succeeding in a sea of failing schools. ICS certainly needs funds because of all the special needs of both the refugee children and the local children. Better facilities and more funds could help to make the school a 5 star and it would be nice to be able to reward all those that are working for 'love' of the kids and the mission.


Posted April 16, 2010

Excellence in education and a nurturing, intentionally diverse community--ICS is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 86% in 2010.

56 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

56 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

58 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
77%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
63%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 92% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 48% 37%
White 18% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 3%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 52%N/A51%
Female 48%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Decatur, GA 30032
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