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3260 Covington Hwy
Decatur, GA 30032

(404) 499-8969
(404) 499-8968
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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
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
April 02, 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
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
December 06, 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
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
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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating April 21, 2010
Community, Awareness, Every Child Matters, Amazing Experiences!!

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
no rating 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
no rating 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
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
no rating April 19, 2010
There is NO PLACE in Atlanta where true diversity is more valued

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2010
Excellence in education and a nurturing, intentionally diverse community--ICS is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
This school is a once in a lifetime learning opportunity. As a charter school developed to serve the refugee community as well as U.S. born kids, it serves students from all over the world. The teachers, staff, and administration are among the most talented and dedicated I've even known. I feel so grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to attend this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
This school is awesome. We have 20 schools to choose from and this is our first choice, the teachers are so positive with the kids, they use compassionate communication instead of harsh criticism. Best school I've ever experienced.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
ICS is a very caring and nurturing environment. The faculty and staff go above and beyond to make sure all children are happy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
International Community School is on a Mission to join the local American Community to the International Refugee community. They are an awesome school that educations the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2009
I though this school would be hands-down the best place for my child due to the smaller class size and ethnic and cultural diversity. I found that there is an uncomfortable amount of disorganization throughout the ranks. When I noticed that my child was having difficulties and requested a meeting regarding this, I had to wait ten weeks for a n SST meeting. I do like the multiculturalism, although my child is not taught what this diversity can mean on a larger scale. I like the volunteer requirements for the parents and children, although this is also very disorganized. I don't think the upper ranks communicate well with the lower and finding out who is in charge was difficult...there are two campuses and who knows where the principal is at any given time is a mystery.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
My daughter has been going to ICS since her Kindergarten and she has developed a great sense of love and respect for people of all backgrounds and her knowledge of the countries around the world, their culture and geography, and everything that makes up a community and a society, is absolutely astonishing. Academically also, she is doing very well and has done very well in many of the entrance exams of the Middle Schools she will be attending next year. My husband and I are very happy with the ICS and wish them more success in the future.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
ICS has brought out so much positive volunteerism in our community to support the school and its programs. The sharing between the American children and families and the many refugee children and families set a great example for us all towards developing a loving community. The programs at the school are creative and heart-wrenching. Its a wonderful example of a community school.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2009
The school is extremely disorganized (they didn't have my child assigned to her class the week before school started or even the first day of school), they teach to the lowest common demoninator (she was coloring shapes in Kindergarten), and their is NO creativity in their teaching. The kids sit at desks the whole time they're in the classroom, and the school feels more like a jail than a warm, welcome school. My daughter, who is smart, creative and adaptable, was miserable there. She was acting out a lot and begged me to keep her home. She'd also ask me how many days until the weekend. Once I moved her to another school, her whole demeaner changed, and she became the sweet, happy child she is. If you're a parent who wants the best for your child, don't send them to ICS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
The staff is excellent, from the principal to the teachers and everyone in between. We are very thankful that the ICS community exists and are proud to send our children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Our biggest celebration is United Nations day when the children sing songs in many different languages, participate in the parade of nations and recite the UN Rights of the Child. I get teary-eyed every time. My grandson is not only getting an excellent academic education, he is learning to be proud to be an American for all the most beautiful reasons.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
This is a place where diversity is celebrated. We learn that a community is made up of all kinds of people and each of us has the power to change the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The International Community School in Atlanta has a big heart, big enough to welcome children from all countries and often very difficult circumstances. This welcome comes with wonderful teachers and the belief that for every one of those kids, school matters and education makes a difference. Bravo! Way to go to show us the way to a better world!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
ICS gives my daughter a truly global perspective while providing a great education. The parents, faculty, and students are all so positive and for each other - a real community based on respect and a shared vision of success. I also love that a second language is taught every day from kindergarten on up. This is a proven technique toward fluency instead of the usual nod toward teaching language.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My nephew loves his school. When I came to visit with his favorite cousin, he still went to school for the day. Loves it sooo much he won't miss a day!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I love the International Community School because I truly feel the spirit of shared joy, community, and a commitment to education, care, and the empowerment of our future generations.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 19, 2009
ICS is truly an international school. Over 40 different countries are represented at ICS. My daughter, who is in second grade, has friends from Russia, African, India, all over the world! In addition to learning Spanish, she is also learning to speak French from her friends. My son, in kindergarten, loves ICS and looks forward to school everyday. ICS is truly an experience that I know my children will always remember. In addition to the great and caring teachers, parents and staff, its an experience you just can't get anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Very unique and rewarding experience for parents and children. It's a school where the entire family learns something, and truly lives the community ideal. My kids are friends with kids from around the world, and know more about other cultures at a young age than I still do.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
This school is so welcoming to everybody and includes students from more than 40 nationalities. Every child gets treated special!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love the personal caring for every child at the school. Children are allowed to be children with lots of hugs from students and teacher alike! It offers a patient environment for children to learn

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love this school because ICS celebrates diversity & encourages the students to revel in their cultural identity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
This is the most amazing school community I have ever been in! There is a pervading enthusiasm for life, learning, and caring for one another found in students, staff, families, volunteers and everyone else who encounter ICS. It gives me a lot of hope for education and the general well-being of us all.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 18, 2009
All the best kids go there - well almost all the best kids, but the kids are open, smart, opinionated and respectable!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
A wonderful opportunity for children to become risk-takers and inquirers- great teachers, great administrators, wonderful volunteers, incredible children

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
They provide a wonderful and unique opportunity for students to learn in a multicultural environment. Nothing less than brag-worthy!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school is a wonderful place where children from all over the world learn not only academics but about other cultures.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I have my dream job. My students make every day worthwhile and exciting. How lucky I am to be part of such a great community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The diversity and intentional focus on the community and relationship building.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I like what it the international community school stands for; the nature of education: social justice meets empowering children lives. You will never find a better school more focused to the original purpose of education. Dewey could not have envisioned a better ideal for an educational concept.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
International Community School is a great school and a wonderful place for children to learn!

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
The community is wonderful and the learning experience is unbeatable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love how all the different cultures, including all the diverse American cultures, are celebrated.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
It an incredible school where values of respect, equality, community, friendship, trust, fairness, and education are teach and experience everyday for our kid, staff, and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We are like a family: students, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
I love the ICS because my grandson Aidan is learning so many wonderful things. And he loves to go to school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
A wonderful community with awesome kids, staff and parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The International Community School is a example of the power of diversity within our community. I am grateful children have the opportunity to learn in this accepting and exciting school. The International School provides a 21st century experience for children living in the 21st century.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
Great teachers and true commitment to all the children from across the globe.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the sense of community and the very diverse students, staff and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The International Community School is truly international. In my class there are children from the US, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, India, Sudan, Burundi, and Russia. We are a community of students, parents,staff ,and many, many tutors and friends. Everyone who visits says that this school is special, and different.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
We have the most caring teachers and we treat our students as individuals. We are a truly multicultural school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
I worked at ICS for a year, and although I moved an entire coastline away, I do not feel like my heart has left it, nor have I left the hearts of those still there. ICS is truly a place like no other- the time spent within the community of teachers, administrators, children and parents leaves one feeling blessed. There are no measures for the amount of love, support, and care that comes from this school. When most refugee children are facing discrimination and improper academic and social support in the United States, ICS defies opposition by embracing diversity and overcoming barriers. The community truly strives to leave no child behind.

- submitted by a teacher
September 16, 2009
The diversity and focus on academic success for all!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
It fills such a need in educating refugee chilren, as well as providing american children an excellent education, with knowledge that they are part of the world community.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
ICS is a school where all of the staff are passionate about serving the children there. It is a special school and an excellent school that I enthusiastically recommend.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
because the teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
This school is a truly unique school. It is the most diverse school I've ever seen! Faculty and students are caring and committed.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
This school is among the best in DeKalb. It has a diverse student body, fully engaged teachers and a challenging curriculum. You may notice that the children look happy, they also seem less restricted than kids in other schools. Hope this school goes from strength to strength.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2008
This is my first year at this school, and the level of parent involvement and the love I see for this school by the teachers and administrators warms my heart on a continual basis. It is far from perfect - the administration is not particularly helpful to parents seeking information - but the overall feel is that of a real and loving community and the potlucks are fantastic! The first time I went to a potluck there, I volunteered and couldn't pay as close attention to my child as I would have liked, but the first -time feeling of letting her run around the playground with the other kids and feel as though she was in a safe environment was phenomenal. it is truly an international community, not just a school.

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June 12, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 12, 2007
This school would be a five star school save for the lack of a decent facility. The atmosphere, the educational standards, the curriculum, the staff and the support from parents is tremendous. The learning environment is unique among public schools in the area with an emphasis on education of the whole child rather than achieving the highest test scores. The International Baccaleureate program is well administered and provides children of all abilities to learn and grow in a culturally diverse environment. After school programs offer support for working families and various extra curricular activities keep community involvement an important part of the whole school experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
One thing about ICS is the inquisitive learning path. My children learn through exploration. The IBPYP approach is highly recommended! I love ICS!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Academics at ICS are uneven at best, and decidedly weak in areas. While we had one great teacher we also had an awful one, and they are so overwhelmed with the needs of the refugee kids that kids at the other end of the spectrum are almost totally neglected. We also did not even know that our child qualified for gifted services until we left ICS! I could only recommend this school for parents who care more about socialization than academics. The population is very diverse, but that it both ICS' draw and its downfall. They don't manage the range of abilities well.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
There are many things to love about ICS. There is a strong sense of community, and I love that my child has friends from many different cultures. We have had some wonderful teachers, but we have also had some awful ones. If your child has strong academic skills this is probably not the school for you. They don't serve the needs of these kids well, and frankly, they don't seem to care that they don't. When people leave the school they seem to leave because of weak academics, and a feeling that their concerns aren't being heard. There also seems to be a taboo against saying anything negative because the school is underfunded and overwhelmed, but problems can't be addressed if they aren't open for discussion. The school is also notoriously disorganized.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
Conceptually the school could be great, but the lack of quality teachers impede the progress of many of the children. In addition, there are so many children from different countries that the language barriers force the teachers to slow the speed of teaching in order to accommodate the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
ICS does the 'community' part very well! Parents and children, especially the refugees, are truly made to feel welcome. The international mix of students and cultures plus daily foreign language (French or Spanish) taught by excellent native speakers were a big plus for us. Mr. Moon does indeed support his teachers but he has also been very receptive to our input for which we are grateful. Many if not most of the teachers welcome parental involvement to the point where I pulled out an advanced group of third-graders for math enrichment every week. As with any other school, the quality of education ultimately depends on the creativity and enthusiasm of the classroom teacher and this can be uneven at ICS. Biggest drawbacks: the advanced students do not get much attention and the IBPYP program is unevenly implemented.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Environment of school is wonderful. Some teachers are very good i.e. Ms Ruark Ms Edna and Ms Shunarrah (1st grade and K-4). Very loving office staff (Ms Santiago). Some teachers horrible. I get the impression that Mr Moon supports his teachers at all cost...so parents don't bother complaining. Overall a great school if you insist on supplemental education at home for your kids....u should probably do this anyway. International exposure for kids is well worth the agony. Parent

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
Wonderful school. Loving and truly caring teachers. Unbelievable mix of kids from all backgrounds. A lot of children are from refugee familes. My son's best friends are from Bosnia, Africa and the US too *8) Thanks to the school, I got to know and be really good friends with people from very different cultures and with unbelievable experiences. The school has not got much money but the staff is doing soooo much with what they have. The principal is awesome! And all the kids rave about their teachers. What an awesome group of people!

- submitted by a parent
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International Community School
3260 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA  30032
(404) 499-8969
Last modified International Community School is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
International Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 80 reviews. Top