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K-8
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Smyrna, GA
Students enrolled: 960
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2144 South Cobb Drive
Smyrna, GA 30080

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(678) 370-0980
(678) 370-0981
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October 28, 2014
I currently have 3 children at IAS, and this is our 2nd year. I have nothing but great things to say about IAS it's administrative staff, and the teachers. My children are excelling and every teacher they have had challenges them to reach higher achievement. For instance. my kindergartner could barely write his name, but he came out of kindergarten writing, reading and a honor roll student. He is now in 1st grade an a straight A student. Our 5th grader is reading on a high school level, a straight A student, CRCT scores were from the 890's to the 900's, and flourishes in the gifted program headed by Mrs. C. Bush. Our 3rd grader struggled in school and was in EIP (Early Intervention Program) and when the school was preparing for the CRCT the school offered free after school tutoring and Saturday tutoring. We took advantage of this and our 3rd grader passed the CRCT without difficulty. In my opinion the a lot of the problems come from the lack of parental support.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
This school has so much potential but it has become a mess. Administration is not trustworthy and I believe their act will be exposed soon. The turn over rate of teachers is high, which exposes faults from the top. They need to revamp the whole formula and get people who truly care, that's what charter schools are all about. Get people in there who do it for the KIDS.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
There's a TON of new teachers every year, the current principal (beginning 2013 school year) is seemingly clueless. IAS is on a slippery slope; this year they extended enrollment and asked the parents to refer IAS to families -JOKE! My family is disappointed in everything about IAS.We followed all rules:dress code, car pool, and volunteer hours. In return we got new teachers who can't catch up and provide educational instruction expected from an IB charter school and a principal who won't return calls/emails pertaining to concerns you have about your child's educational growth. It's almost comical how she dances around or ignores questions-except for it's real life. If you are looking to send your child to a place where the principal is clearly there to get a check and not qualified to run a school (qualifications is more than a picture frame with a degree), a higher teacher turn over rate that I've ever seen (less than 45% of the staff returns) and when you get more communication of what the SCHOOL needs (volunteers and MONEY) than educational needs of the children then this is the place for your family!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
The review below from the former IAS board member is probably the most honest yet. I am a former IAS consultant, volunteer and parent. Yes, the elementary division has good educators and some good parents, but 200 families didn't post ANY volunteer hours last year as required- in writing. Parents and teachers do not attend Board meetings either. And, yes, the current principal and male VP are not qualified to do their jobs, struggle with basic tasks, are never seen in a classroom, and just aren't good people, period. Yes, IAS is under-funded, the teachers often lack basic instructional materials and the school is a financial crisis or two away from shutting down. Yes, the middle school is a hot ghetto mess with the worst test scores in the district and too many bad acting and even violent students (who are never expelled) and incompetent educators, which are allowed to return year after year. And, yes, you are literally taking your life and that of your child in your hands, if you have to walk thru the carpool/ parking lot in the morning. To be honest; IAS is the struggling, poorer sister of Kennesaw Charter and should be a lot further along after 8 years. God help this school!

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2014
This is our 2nd year at IAS and we were very happy with our experience last year. I recently asked our child what she thought of the 1rst grade. Her response was "it's fun, the teachers are nice and the kids are nice". I am not on the board nor do I work behind the scenes, but I do volunteer a lot and can tell you that Principle Schrock and her staff are very hands on. There is constant activity for the students and tons of volunteer and networking opportunities for parents. While the school is not perfect, I see them making an effort. I love their IB approach, I love the fact our 6 year old talks to us about being "principled" and "reflective". Our child is learning Spanish, goes to P.E., music, art and seems to be excelling in her class. There are many changes we would like to see with the school but I believe that will come in time. I cannot speak for the middle school since we are not involved with the program, but we can tell you the elementary school staff is great. The parents I have volunteered with are very committed- it's my hope more parents will step up and bring about positive change to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
I am a former IAS Board member & parent. The building is nice & bright and there are some good educators. Aside from that, IAS is a very dysfunctional, grossly underfunded, underachieving school where almost 50% of the nearly all Black student body is low income. The Middle School has had the lowest Math & Science scores in Cobb for three years, fighting is rampant and my child was bullied so badly, he resorted to hiding in the restroom at lunch. Although I was on the Board, the current principal, VP and middle school teachers would not respond to my requests for meetings or help. The efforts of the Governing Board to carry out its duties were compromised by the current management company, operations manager (a founding board member) and the current principal and male vice principal. The management company and operations manager conspired to offer the current principal and male vice principal contracts for the 2014-15 school year before the Board had an opportunity to discuss their status and possibly vote to terminate them. In almost 20 years in the charter school movement, I have never seen two people more unfit to lead a school. Real talk; IAS is a charter school in name only.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2014
I am a seventh grade student there and they have yet to make improvement the dress code is extremely strict so don't waste any money trying to buy any shoes with color they don't let you be yourself and the test scores are low we don't have a gym or any sports team and the dance team is unorganized I highly don't suggest this school there is no diversity and there is a lack of new students

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2014
The staff has a lot to learn when it comes to ownership. They make to many mistakes not to rectify the problem and good luck speaking with the principal about it. If you're dealing with Mr. Rigsby make sure you follow up because he doesn't.

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2014
Great school, amazing teachers and many opportunities for Parent involvement! Every parent should join the PTA!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
staff is helpful and friendly, the teachers are wonderful. my kids have been challenged at this school, which i think is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
IAS has worked really hard to improve the level of education our children receive. Teachers are dedicated, available, and communicative.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Both my daughter (2nd grade) and son (Kindergarten) attend this school. They love going to school each day. My husband and I love the educational environment our children are experiencing. The international and IB component is very important to us.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
IAS is a school where each student is taught to be independent leaners as well as encourage parents involvement with both academic and social behavior that can impact our kids future.I like the fact that the school has respect for different culture and encourage each student to embrace their culture as well as accept other peoples way of living.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
IAS is the best choice that I have made for my kids, from the minute that you walk in their doors, their friendly staff is ready to assist you in anything you need, the pirincipal and the teachers are often looking for ways to improve your child performance to make them great students as well as involve citizens. I love the comunication with the teachers in basically inmeadiately I amuse of how fast you get answers from any of them, and this year with the use of sycamore we have access ti pretty much everything that your child is working on as well as events, grades, assignments,calendars,etc. The healthy choices of food is the cherry on top for me. One of the things I also love is the oportunity for us the parents to be involved in our kids education and be part of their future preparation. I love being a part of the IAS family, the place where your kids are treated and care for with respect and love.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
IAS is a great school! My daughter has been there 2 years and is already reading on a 4th grade level. The teachers, staff and principal are very accessible should you ever have a problem or concern especially good for a large school. There is always constant communication about school updates and more specifically regarding my child's progress. I do think there are room for improvements for middle school, but the principal is great at communicating what the upcoming goals are for the year and how as parents we can help achieve those goals. I do wish there was a bus service but can' t have it all!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
This school provides a great learining environment for the students. The teachers and administration go above and beyond in their methods. My kids are really blossoming here.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Awesome Charter School..... Great Teachers, My daughter is learning more & more daily. I will let my daughter stay at IAS until 8th grade... I Love Love Love this school

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We have been at this school since opening day. It improves each and every year. My favorite thing about this school is that it's public and free, but independent of the Cobb County School Board. That means we pick our own curriculum, calendar, field trips, and everything else. When something doesn't work, we change it. Parents are stakeholders with a voice. Unlike the regular school system, we do not have to teach the same thing at the same time the same way year after year after year. This flexibility breeds creativity and enthusiasm. It also makes for more work for students, families, and teachers, so if you are a "put your child on the bus and forget it" kind of parent, this school is not for you. The elementary school is outstanding - the only International Baccalaureate elementary school in Cobb County. The middle school needs reorganizing and that is underway for next year. The current principal is top notch - thoughtfully assessing and making all necessary changes to move the school forward. It's amazing what this school accomplishes with a fraction of the money other Cobb schools get. If you want more without paying for private school, this is it.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
IAS is definitely a better choice than the public schools in my area. Every school has some organizational problems now and then, but for the most part we think our daughter is getting a better education than at a public school. I love the fact that they have to adhere to a certain dress code that includes uniforms.I do believe most of the teachers and faculty care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I have two children that attend IAS, one in kindergarten and one in second grade. IAS has made huge strides at becoming a top rated school. The teachers are fabulous and administration as well! I would recommend this school to any parents looking to put their children in a school that focuses on children excelling!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
The school has a diverse curriculum and a great atmosphere for learning. I do believe the school needs e-readers for textbooks. It is hard to teach a child, and support the learning process at home, without some written material to refer back to.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I think our school needs better organization. We have been sending our child for four years. Each year we say, "It's a newer school, they are going to get it figured out." We love some of the administrators and teacher but there is a lot of miscommunication on every level. Whether it is volunteering or signing up for parent teacher conferences, there is often confusion in the process. I do feel like it is a better option than the public schools in our area, which is why we tolerate the disorganization. We appreciate the International Baccalaureate curriculum, the focus on values and world awareness and that they have been studying Spanish since kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
International Academy of Smyrna is one school I can say I am so happy I made the decision to enroll my son in. Everything about IAS is amazing. The best thing about IAS is the interaction of the teachers with the students; and their genuine concerns of the students success. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Great school with well rounded Faculty and Staff. International Academy of Smyrna provides excellent and quality education to the Students.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I really like IAS. My child has been attending IAS for 2 years and loves it. My child has had wonderful teachers who have kept communication lines open with us the parents. On the academic front, each grade follows a standard but also customizes the program to fit the needs of each student. The IB curriculum gives the children a well-rounded educational foundation. I really appreciate this. Academically, my child has felt successful and challenged at the same time. IAS has had small problems with organization within the administraion like late communication, uniform changes, etc. However, the current administration is doing a much better job. They have made good changes like incorporating online communication tools, etc. to address the issues. All in all, IAS is a wonderful school. I am happy about my choice to have my child at IAS.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I think this school is great. The teaching and non teaching staffs are helpful. From the reception you get a feeling of a working support unit ready to help you child learn and excel. The parents also volunteer as much as they can. I believe they all work to together to support and help the children grow through effective instructions, home work accountability, recognition and leadership building. Student growth percentiles are high using my child who is in First grade as a yardstick. However i wish they can have bus ride to school occasionally as my daughter loves to ride on the bus to school. Aside that I would give this school a 4.5 star rating and have been recommending this school to everyone I know.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
IAS puts kids first! Test scores improve year over year and class sizes remain small. My son has been a student for the past 5 yrs and i am please with the progree I see every year.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My kids have attended IAS for 4 years and the first couple of years were tough but with the change in administration and the adaption of the IB curriculum, I have noticed significant changes. All of the teachers my kids have had so far have been positive and passionate about teaching. We had one instance where we recieved a new teacher fresh out of college and that presented a challenge because she was not used working in a classroom setting. However, half way through the year things changed. The PTA is very engaged and they do a lot for the school. The population is diverse and I value that considering we live in a diverse world. Overall, I think IAS is a great school to send your children to. Like any school, you have ups and downs but if you stick with IAS you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Iputting it lightly. I have been a part of several of private, charter, college-preparatory independent schools. But, I have never ever seen a school so organized, so focus where the performance of Excellence is a day to day effort and routine for the Principle, Teachers and volunteer Parents at (IAS). I was sure this kind of service would only be displayed during Open House, P.T.A. or other times we guest here at the school. This is a continual day to day thing that I envision and come in contact with every day that I show up at (IAS). My granddaughter has been so impressed with every teacher she has learned under from Kindergarten up unto now 1st grade. I often assist her with homework she reads on a regular bases (4) books a week this is an assignment that started in Kindergarten and now in 1st Grade she already reads on a 2nd Grade level. This year all her grades have been 92 and above!!! She has really exceled; she speaks some Spanish as a second language. Which she achieved at (ISA) with the assistance of her Teacher.. This school has dedicated teachers exude contagious intellectual energy. It s all contagious!

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
IAS is awesome!! We've been here since day 1 and have seen the improvements. I like the small classes, the fact that it's K-8 and the use of uniforms. Our teachers are dedicated to our students. Mandatory parent volunteer hours helps increase patent involvement and awareness.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
wonderful school, kids all doing great, homework very challenging, but worth the time. Students and family centred

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I have a son in kindergarten who reads at a 3rd grade level and has a very kind and patient teacher. I also have a 6th grader who has gone there for 7 years. Huge improvements, dedicated and accessible principal and asst principal, and modern / clean facility. They are aware of certain areas for growth with specific strategies to achieve their goals. Great choice for Smyrna and surrounding families.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
OIAS is one of the best charter school, the best thing about this school is how involved the parents to support the students and staff to ensure the continued excellence. I am very proud of the process I see every day in my children due to the curriculum. IAS gets an A in my book.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
IAS has been the best school for my son. The teachers my son has had during his 2 years there have been great, and my son is doing so much better since he started going there. The teacher dedication is evident. I really appreciate the new changes with the new administration and look forward to the 2014-2015 school year. I know there are challenges but I have seen improvement this year and hope it continues. One change I would like to see is a more open door policy concerning parents participating in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
We have been with IAS since it's inception, in fact, our child began Kindergarten with the inaugural class as the school. While it is not a secret that the lower grades (elementary school grades K-5) have progressed well throughout the school's existence, it is also clear to most of us that the middle school needs some help in best shaping students (and in some cases parents). I am encouraged by the fact that the school administrators have recognized that the middle school needs to be "pushed" harder towards excellence and in identifying (read as: Being humble enough to admit that there are issues that need to be addressed) this need. That said, while the school may have it's growing pains, I am encouraged by their efforts and progress and can say that I am quite satisfied with the IB education that my children are receiving. Can things be better - YES. Most schools can say the same thing. Are they working on being better and initiating a higher standard - YES. All schools CANNOT say this, and thus, I believe that this school has a higher purpose and strong components that will allow it to get there.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I love IAS. My son is in Kindergarten and has a wonderful teacher. If I email her she responds quickly . The curriculum in place for kindergarten is amazing. I work with children in Atlanta and I see the difference education wise. The only complaint I had was in the beginning of the year when they didn't want them wearing tennis shoes but about 2 weeks later they changed the policy to allow them. Which was wonderful because my son is hard on shoes. I love that volunteer hours are mandatory because it shows that the parents really value the education IAS has to offer. Overall IAS IS A GREAT SCHOOL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE YEARS TO COME!!! :)

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
IAS is a school of choice for parents who choose to have children destined to succeed. My son is in the 1st grade and I couldn't have dreamt of a more caring, stern and challenging teacher, class and staff. I truly feel that I have a community of professionals dedicated to his success. He was recently accepted into the gifted program which is extremely challenging. To see what this school is able to accomplish with the limited resources its provided with is amazing. Unlike King Springs headed by the mayors sister with unlimited resources, IAS manages to provide kids with learning experiences through creativity. No school is perfect but it's perfect for my son!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
My school is International Academy of Smyrna - IAS and I love this school. My kids are in 1st and 3rd grade. Their teachers are very engaged and keep us informed of any updates. If any issues arise the are quick to take action and resolve the problem. The academics are on point and challenge the kids. The homework is appropriate and also challenging for growth.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
I am a teacher at the International Academy of Smyrna. I feel it an honor to be part of such a great school. The staff and administration work very hard around the clock. We also have wonderful parents. Everyone is involved and works together to ensure the success of the students.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
I am writing this review as a parent. My daughters (I have 2) have attended this school for 5 years. Each one has looked forward to the first day of school every year. We have been blessed with caring and concerned teachers. One will be graduating from high school this year while the other will be graduating from elementary school. My 8th grader has been accepted to the IB Program at Campbell High School. Each child has always exceeded 4 out of 5 standards on the CRCT. While the school is not perfect (as are none of them), I wouldn't want them anywhere else. What I try to remember is that I am their parent. I have EVERYTHING to do with their educational success. I familiarize myself with the standards during the summer and make certain to stay actively involved in their scholastic careers. I am happy my kids are here. Again, if we ALL do our parts our children will be successful wherever they go.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Great school with great innovations with the changing and challenging world. Love the high challenges that kids are given from kindergarten. I have 2 kids in this school love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
I see many complaints about the school and while there are things that need to change and things that I do not like over all the education that my daughter is receiving is fantastic. The teachers that she has had are engaged and love the students. The topics covered are relevant to the world today and push her to investigate more on her own time. She is driven to be a citizen of our community and is developing an understanding of how important sharing your time and energy with others is. We had an issue with bullying last year which was resolved quickly and effectively and allowed my daughter and the other student to become friends which is the best possible outcome. She loves the afterschool programs that are offered and as a parent that has to use aftercare every day, so do I. She is excited to go to school and learn and that is all I can ask for. Parent volunteers are important to the school and the student, support from parents is just as important. I do with the administration was more visible and available to parents. Only having office hours during school hours makes it very difficult to develop a rapport with parents. Overall though they are doing a good job.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
This school is ridiculous. These teachers have no care in the world do they? My child is sick and tired of having to be bullied by the students. Why these students have not been expelled, I do not know. We have to conference with these lousy teachers that have my child crying everyday. They play as if this is a game. Yes there are a few teachers that were very nice but only one stood out for not having an attitude with the students. If you want to work this job you need to act like it. Thank GOD they have a new principal because the current ones are very unruly

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
If you have a child that may not "fit into mold" I would not suggest sending your child here. My son's teacher was fresh out of school with none to very little training/experience. She was given a classroom full of 20+ rowdy kindergartners without assistance. My son had some behavior/learning issues at school. They all seemed baffled by his behavior and instead of trying to help me & my child they disenrolled him 3 months into the school year. No sympathy, no compassion, no real care for my child. I understand funding and charter school issues. It was really just a waste of my time and a true disservice to my child. That situation forced me to move to a much better school district. I also agree that the lack of professionalism and enthusiasm is ever so present at IAS! So glad they disenrolled my son! He's doing much much better and thriving at another school. He's actually been diagnosed as gifted... Something I would not have learned had he remained at IAS. The only reason I give 2 stars is b/c the facility is nice

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
My experience with the school has largely been good and my niece loves it. The staff has always been nice to us and most of the teachers are good although some lack experience and it shows. The Spanish teachers are probably the best in that subject. The biggest problem with this school is the selection process which is basically like buying a lottery ticket. This results in some students and parents that get in that really don't fit in. They think the rules don't apply to them and that attitude trickles down to their children. I think they need to change from a lottery to actually interviewing parents and students both in writing and orally to make sure they understand and can fit into the culture of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I recently removed my child from IAS after attending K-3. We consisting loved the friendly after school staff. We had a good K was good but his teacher left because of the low pay. His 1st grade teacher was competent but cold and probably better suited for older children. His second grade teacher was slightly unprofessional but competent. The wheels fell off third grade. My son's reading teacher would rarely return emails & he consistently earned low grades in this subject even though he only missed one question in this section on the CRCT. His main teacher gave him great grades but he really wasn't learning. He always earned As in her class but barely passed that subject on the CRCT. The homework load also doesn't equate to better learning & I was forced to teach a lot of things at home. We also dealt with a bullying situation that took months to resolve & I had to put my son in counseling to help him through. Leadership is lacking & I believe this filtered down to the children which led to bullying. If you have a public school rated < 5 of great schools this place may be better but if you can afford a private school or your public school is rated higher I would skip IAS.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
The administration, staff, and teachers of IAS have no business of being around any children. My daughter completed K and 1st grade at this school. It got worse and worse. I had no idea that this level of incompetence was even possible in the elementary school setting! First, my daughter had a ridiculous amount of homework which was not related to the material she was tested on at all. Her teacher yelled at kids all day long instead of teaching. I had to email the teacher on regular bases to find out what they covered in class and teach it to my kid (on top of all the homework) at home in order to get a good grade on a test. And that is EVERY subject! (But the Spanish teacher was awesome!) Second, while volunteering at the school, all I heard was staff yelling at the children to be quiet. They went as far as forcing even elementary school kids, including K, to stand facing the wall with hands on the wall for talking during lunch! To conclude, we moved to a better school district. Honestly, IAS is just as bad as the other "bad" schools in the area. Not sure why they get funding... And I am even more amazed they got IB certified. Makes me doubt the whole education system.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
This is a horrible school. All they seem to care about is how much money you can donate and how volunteer hours you did. My child went in 2012 for kindergarten. The front desk and administration people are the most unfriendliness people there-extremely rude. You can stand there for 5 minutes before they acknowledge you. The only great teachers are gym teachers and speech therapists. My Childs kindergarten teacher was unfriendly and rude as well. She was almost never there as she didn't feel well as she was pregnant. I never knew what class my child was in, they separated the children into separate classes. My child always complained how mean this teacher was. They actually ordered the substitute teacher over the original. My child was hurt at the school and no one called me, they said oh I didn't realize it. When I complained and wanted to talk to the principal the office personnel would not let me and said there were levels of personnel I had to go to and the principal would than decide to talk to me. Nerveless, we moved to canton area to a better school for our child so they would never go to this horrible school again. PARENTS BEWARE! NOT A GREAT SCHOOL!!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
Wouldn't it be great if the students in grades 5 through 8 got an optional homework assignment to write an anonymous review of IAS, and to share their views, both positive and negative. This would probably provide a very helpful insight into the school, its culture, the staff, programs that are successful, as well as areas for improvement. Parents tend to fall into two categories: They are either 'cheerleaders' for the school, or they are highly critical. Students, on the other hand, have a range of experiences at school, and sharing this information could be beneficial to prospective parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
The Learning and Safety of the School,also the way the Dressed in school.Other things are,the staff and teachers that work here,the way they communicate with parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
IAS is a school of choice, and parents make the decision to have their children attend IAS for individual reasons. The school started with a lot of potential, but sadly, there have been many disappointments lately. Whether or not the school receives IB certification is unclear, but one thing that is clear is that the overall quality of education is not acceptable. The school seems to cater to students in EIP (Early Intervention Program), while the needs of students capable of learning at a higher level are essentially ignored. Combine that with the "No Child Left Behind" directive, and you have a situation where essentially every child is left behind. Don't get me wrong, EIP is very important and essential, but so is having appropriate programs for students at the other end of the curve. IAS worked for a while. Now it is not working, which is very unfortunate. Some changes must be made at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
IAS is the most dysfunctional organization I have ever encountered. There is absolutely no communication from the administration or the teachers. No organization, no, no professionalism, no standards in place. No check and balance system in place to see what your child is learning in class, what the assignments are or what their grades are. Progress reports and report cards come home weeks late. No focus on the student s well-being. The administrative team is a complete joke. They are only worried about image. They ignore parent s concerns and allow issues to go unresolved because they don t want to deal with them or make the time. They allow rude, immature, incompetent teachers to bully students. There are some great teachers at the school and I praise them for trying to do the best they can . How much a parent volunteers at the school is not going to make it a great experience for their children; it s having nurturing teachers that they feel comfortable asking help from, it s knowing that they matter and not just a number, that there is support from counselors or administrators when they are needed.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I have an 8 year old daughter who has attended IAS since kindergarten. She absolutely loves her school! I love it too. I am an educator and understand that no school is perfect. (which reflects my 4 star rating). Parents are required to volunteer and I have done above and beyond my required hours since my child started. I've read some recent reviews and believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion. Teachers and administrators at IAS are professional and intelligent. Working at a charter school, which is still very new, is challenging. IAS is still establishing itself and working on making a great footprint here in Smyrna. The IB Curriculum is a highlight and the recent renovations are fabulous. Every school has it's positives and negatives. Don't believe every angry review and if you truly want to know more about the school get several opinions.Contact a PTA representative. Active parents who participate in creating a wonderful school experience for their children will give you their honest opinion. Don't complain, get involved wherever your child attends I am grateful to save 20k per year...private school would be my next option if IAS wasn't available.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2012
My child is in grade k. I read reviews about this school and really wished I had listened. The rudeness of the staff, lack ot respect for Parents and the unprofessionalism is just ridiculous. They only care about one thing MONEY. They never miss a beat when it comes to fundraising. I am done. I am pulling my child out as soon as he is done with this year. If you are considering this school for your child, DO NOT BOTHER. LOOK SOME WHERE ELSE. May be when they start losing students, they will wake up and smell the coffee. BUNCH OF RUDE, MONEY HUNGRY PEOPLE.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
My child has attended this school for the past 5 years and it continues to get worse. The reviews were padded. I was there that day when it was done. A lot of the teachers are immature, rude and do not know how to teach. Parents often pay for tutors or come home and reteach. I should have taken my chances with a traditional public school. It is a beautiful building with barely anything of value inside. Hoping to transfer.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
There is no procedure in place for bullying. This school put a band aid on real issues at hand because they do not want the publicity. The Assistant Principle needs to go home.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
I'm the grandmother of a 2nd grader, reviewing from a distance. As a retired teacher/principal, I see an thoroughly engaged 7 yr old who loves school and cannot wait to tell me about her latest school project. I am excited by how challenging and engaging the work sounds. Every time I see her, her vocabulary is larger, her knowledge of the world around her is greater, and she is more poised and self-assured. I only withhold the 5th star because I'm not there in person, but the proof is in the pudding. This school is doing something right.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2012
I must say that this is my 3rd year here. My sons K and firsta grade teachers set the bar pretty high. This year has been a FAIL!! His 3rd grade teacher is awful!! She never returns emails and she is rude to my child. She told him he has diarrhea of the mouth!! Who does that!! I can't wait for the year to be over!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
I hate this school but love the acedemics! Since the beginning of school the rules seem to change every few months. I've researched it and its not a charter school it's now public. The restrictions on the girls tights is beyond ridiculous and book bag rules to Focus on if the uniform is inappropriate. Focus on the fact that the teachers don't follow doctors orders or allergy warning. Kids having reactions walk to the nurse alone! Children wet there clothes rather than let children use the rest rooms when the time comes. Homework comes without full instructions. I can't wait til this years over. Both my kids and nieces will not be returning next year!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
This is my daughter's second year at IIAS and I love it. The quality of the education is enlightening and challenging for the children, the teachers can be easily contacted and involved, and the administrators take an active role as well. For those that complain about the police being at the school, they are there to control those parents that do not know how to follow directions. If the parents do not follow directions how would you expect the children to do the same. Lead by example. In addition, the school also offers many different programs for after school students, which I think is great for those parents that want their child/ren to be continually exposed to different things (instead of having them just "watched" or let them just "play".

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
My daughter has been at this school since 1st grade. She is now in the 4th. We have seen many changes at this school and many staff members change. I can honestly say that even with all of that, her education has not suffered. When I speak with other friends who have children in other schools, cities, states, etc, she is on point if not ahead. I don't know what people posting negative comments on this site expect from a school other than a good, safe environment, where your children can learn and have an enriching school experience. Contact Cobb county police and find out how many incident reports they have here compared to other schools. There's always something positive going on here. If you as a parent need to be coddled and made to feel special, maybe you need to go somewhere else where the parents needs are placed in front of the children's. Something as petty as carpool should not deter your child's education. Get up early and get here on time. The staff is here to teach our children and they do a great job of that. They put the needs of the child first. The ASP program offers many different activities for children that aren't offered elsewhere. Look up other schools and see.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
We are thrilled with IAS. Our daughter began in kindergarten at this school and is now in 1st. She is excelling! I am an academic snob and have no doubt that my daughter is getting a fantastic education. The mission statement that the kids learn and recite daily reinforces the attitude of "global-thinking" and being caring individuals. Through volunteering at the school we have met many wonderful families. For those that complain about carpool - see if you can design and better system and propose it to the administration. They have tried several different formats to try to determine the most efficient one. For those complaining about uniforms and other such issues - remember you made a choice to send your child to IAS and were made aware of the requirements prior to coming to the school. You can't and shouldn't expect to change the rules because they don't suit you at a particular moment. Parents need to stop expecting the schools and teachers to raise their children and take some accountability. I am thrilled with the school, have recommended it to several families and will continue to do so.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2011
I am happy with the academics of the school, but I am very unhappy with one particular assistant principal. Carpool seems to be an issue with this school. Police are there daily, though I am not sure why? This principal is very rude to parents that are "walkers" to the school. He has followed me OFF OF SCHOOL PROPERTY AND DOWN IN FRONT OF PUBLIX AND ACROSS THE PARKING LOT to "see where I am going"... Is it really his business where I walk to after I drop off my kids? NO! He is following me to see if I get into a car. Well I am not and after confronting school staff about his behavior, he still hasn't stopped, and he also does this to other parents walking their kids to school. I would gladly give this school 5 stars but after dealing with that man, I will only give 1.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
I agree with the last parent.... this IS a school of choice and its your decision to take you child to this school or not... as for the uniforms... do you not purchase new clothes for your children at the beginning of each school year anyways? My son has been at this school for 4 years and there would be no way that he would get the education at the school district (Labelle) we are currently in that he is receiving now. I am grateful for this school and its staff.... they have gone above and beyond to make sure my son is on track with his education. And speaking of education, my son who is in elementary school was assisting my nephew in 8th grade at another Cobb School with his homework. How is it that my elementary child is studying the same course of study as an 8th grader. As for car pool, I have no issues with car pool, the volunteers do a great job at making sure our students get in and out safely. At least I know my children son is getting to school safely.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
Our son has attended this school since its opening days 4 years ago. We have been very satisfied with the quality of teaching provided to our son and now our daughter for the past 2 years. They are excited to go school everyday and my son has done quite nicely on his CRCT scores every year. This is a new school started from the ground up by dedicated parents. The improvement in all aspects of the school has been exceptional considering the short amount of time this school has been open. This is not a generic comment! By the way before you criticize the school for their poor quality of academics, please make sure to post a comment that has good spelling and grammar...

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
I will be honest as possible and say that the staff, and constituents are the most illiterate bunch of adults Ive ever dealt with. They not only do not know how to separate adult conversations from children, but one of the staff members have festered negative energy for over 2 years for my husband as much as to call the police for a carpool issue that was an exception from parent to child pickup, I still haven't gotten the appropriate papers for our service provided to parents that cnat get their children to this school. After Ms Clark left for whatever reason the replacements are incompetent in caring for children with a heart, so much that they will let their negative emotions run the school. In the end my son has taken his smarts to another school to help THEIR scores.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
The PADDED POSITIVE REVIEWS were mostly made feb. 5. Most were made on the same week in 2011 How long has this school been opne for? This is questionable to say the least. The comments are all mostly generic statements. What a shame. This school is rotten to the core. I guess they did not want to give themselves all five stars so that it would not look tooo suspicious.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
I visited this school. It is run poorly. I would steer far from all the Imagine schools especially Imagine Smyrna. I heard worse (if that's posible) about Imagine Mableton. Two thumbs down... I would not send my child thier even if my life depended on it!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
The reviews for this school are questionable. Look at the dates of submission. It's not logical that so many "unknown" parent reviews are submitted on the SAME DAY and so FAVORABLE AS WELL! They sound similar using words like, "care, caring" citing test scores! What parent says these things!!!? Either four stars or five stars!! Schools need students for funding and it seems clear the reviews are PADDED possibly by faculty and staff. WOW! We need fair reviews. I know I won't send my kids to this school now.

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2011
In response to my recent volunteer day at the school I have come away with an even more positive outlook on the environment in which my children learn. I volunteered nearly five hours at the school and at the end of the day I found that the atmosphere at the school was very positive and encouraging yet disciplined enough to be conducive toward promoting a healthy learning platform. In my daily communications with my children I have found that my volunteer day visit is most likely a reflection of daily day to day operations at the school. The staff at the school is generally pleasant, helpful, and mission oriented from the principal to the janitor. I think good leadership in education starts at the top and trickles down to our children. It seems evident to me that the principal tries to promote leadership in education by example. I admit that I have not been able to spend a great amount of time at the school in each of my childrens classrooms but, I do feel that the thirty hours required for attendance at the school does promote parental involvement. If you are a parent considering our school I hope this review helps you in your decision.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
I was initially skeptical about sending my child to this school because she went to a private school for pre--k. She was already reading on a first grade level, so I did not want her to fall behind. Her teacher is excellent when we had the first initial conference she told me she noticed where my daughter was academically and she would make sure that she would continue to progress forward. She immediately changed her word list and challenged her by requiring her to spell these words each week. My daughter is now on a second grade reading level. I am so happy that I decided to place my daughter in this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
I was so excited to be given the opportunity to bring my child to this school, but it end up being a total disappointment. The classes were too big with one single teacher. My child s teacher had good intentions, but she was left alone to deal with 4 very difficult children, and spent much of her days disciplining the kids, rather than teaching them. The school is loud and disorganized at all times of the day and teachers sometimes can shout a bit too much for my taste. ASP is a mess. I see it more as cheap babysitting, but I don t think it is even safe. My child walked away from the park to the Publix parking lot without anyone noticing! I decided to move my child to another school four months into the school year. It was the best decision for us!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
High academic standards with a particualr emphasis on reading and writing. Modern well thought out facilities. Very supportive of my daughters education.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This school has been excellent. My son has some special needs and they have more than accomodating. The teachers and the principle are very involved and engaged. My son loves this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
We had our daughter in private school,another parent reccommend IIAS.We so glad we made that decision because my daughter loves the school.Thank you all for all you do,you guys are the best.We have reccommended this school to a lot of friends and families that we know. Kubrat Oladejo.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
IIAS is an excellent school with outstanding leadership. My daughter attended IIAS her first two years of school and when the school was relocated we decided to go back to the school closer to where we live. During the year there, we realized how much more challenging and well rounded the IIAS curriculum was. Well we're back at IIAS and enjoying every minute.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine International Academy of Smyrna has a good, challenging curriculum and staff. The principal is a caring professional and has a wonderful demeanor.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine Academy of Smyrna is an excellent school! I feel it would be a benefit to any child that can attend. After relocating here from New York, I was not pleased with the public school education that my children received. Now since they've been at Imagine, I have seen a boost in the self esteem, grades, and love for education. They provide dance, sports, all types of extra curricular activities so that the children aren't missing out on anything. There is excellent parent/teacher communication and open door policy if there are concerns. I have a daughter in 3rd grade, a son in1st, and one entering kindergarten in the fall! They all love Imagine!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This is our first year at IIAS. The kids are having a good year. The principal and administrative team is very supportive!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
IIAS is an excellent school! My son is in Kindegarten. Our first year has been fantastic. He learns on a higher level than the average kindergarten classes in public school. The teachers are very great with communicating with parents regarding, school work, behavior and etc. If you chose Imagine you have chosen a great shcool with a great enviorment. Imagine is a school of excelence for sure.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This is my kids first year here and over all I love it, with the exception of the carpool and my 3rd grader having to change teacher for the 3rd time this year. That's bothersome to me because of the difficulty I have with him and school already.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine Smyrna is an exceptional school where the teachers and staff genuinely care about my child's education and well-being. My daughters teacher goes above and beyond to make learning fun and easy for my daughter. The school actively communicates what is going on in the school on a regular basis through newsletters, emails, phone calls and letters home with the kids. I would definetly recommend this school to all families.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This is our first year here at Imagine Smyrna and have been very happy so far. It has taken us a bit of adjustment coming from a small private school to a larger public school, but my daughter has made the adjustment very well. We have been happy with how she is learning and how the school communicates to us regarding events and her progress.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine International Acdemy of Smyrna Is a good School. When we first got here I was going through some relocation issues, and the staff was very helpful to me as well as very professional. My daughters first teacher was excellent. She was always in communication with me and I felt very confident that my child was learning with her. It was a rough transition for her but she as of now is very happy to be in the IIAS Family.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine International Academy of Smyrna is wonderful!!! The atmosphere is very warm and the faculty and staff are always pleasant. I am very happy with the educational opportunity my children are receiving here at Imagine Smyrna!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
I moved from Rochester, NY three years ago. I have been struggling to find the "right" school for my children. I've tried public, a private Christian School and now Imagine. Imagine has given us the best experience so far. The teachers are enthusiastic, caring, and easy to communicate with whenever issues arise. The principal's (and vice principal's) involvement is evident. The teachers and the administration are very passionate about ensuring a safe and creative environment for the children. Parent involvement is mandatory and necessary. We will return next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine International Academy of Smyrna is a great school with a rich learning environment and enriching curriculum. We are happy to have our daughter here and she is doing very well academically andis happy to be apart of this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
The International Academy of Smyrnais a school that offers an awesome opportunity for a student to get an education with a "personal touch". The school and staff really care about the students educational, personal, and socialble responsibility so each can be a positive contributor to socuiety.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This is my daughters first year at IIAS. I am very pleased with the teachers and staff. I am very pleased with the learning foundation that they are giving to the kindergarten class. My daughter is excelling in numerous areas like math, reading and spelling. Her teacher is outstanding. She is a caring and understanding contribution to my child daily. I am pleased to hear my child say " Mrs. O'Shields taught me how to count like this and it is so much easier, Mommy". I am very excited to see that the school uses current day technology to assist kids with learning. My daughter is a pro on my laptop. The staff overall is very welcoming everytime I come into the school. As you can see I am very pleased with this exceptional school. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
Imagine Smyrna is a great school. My children have been attending the school for 2 years. In that time I have seen the grades and confidence of my children increase. The principal and staff are also very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This is our first year at this school and so far it has been a great experience. Our daughter (second grade) has grown so much. It is challenging but enjoyable which has made her transition easy. I apprecate the staff for their professionalism and care for the children. I hope the trend of educating continues because we would like very much to watch our daughter grow here. Keep up the good work

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
This has been a wonderful learning experiance for my children. The teachers here really DO care. My child has learned how to express herself and show confidence in the ares of reading, something she has always struggled with. The excitement my children show when it's time to go to school is something that comes from within! The foundation for learning has truley been laid! My hats are off to the entire IIAS staff! Mrs. Clark you rock!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
My son began 1st grade at Imagine Smyrna. It is only February. He has advanced so much faster than I expected. He has an excellent teacher and loves reading, math and doing homework. My only concerns right now are quality of Admin communications and issues with parking. The PTA and the school administration communications are not as specific where challenges exist (parental visits & parking woes) esp. for new parents to schl. The principal,asst. principal need to communicate better with parents about visiting school at begin of year and parking conflicts. I was very disappointed to see several police parked outside the school when students returned in January to prohibit parents from legally parking in the parking lots adjacent to the school. No prior communication by admin to inform parents of police presense or to let us know that there were major parking issues. With that said, the school is still new so I expect improvements in these areas. So far, I have not decided yet if my son will return to the school next year but I would recommend the school to parents in the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
The first year was a little rocky! However thru the challenges the staff have shown true tenacity. They truley care about our children and strive to instill in them that they are leaders of the community. That they can achieve anything. The staff here at IIAS have been charged with an overwhelming task to shape the lives of each and everyone of these children... And they enbrace it with love and commitment! My hats are off to them!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2011
My Son loves IIAS and that makes me love IIAS even more!! This is our second year and we are looking forward to 6 more. The teachers and staff are great and that comes from the great leadership of Mrs. Clark. As a second grader my son is learning and enjoying all that IIAS has to offer. He particpates in afterschool programs which help make him a better citizen. IIAS is not perfect, however it is well on it's way to Excellence!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
We love Imagine Smyrna! The IB program is rigorous and appropriate for preparing our children to compete on a global scale. The first grade team of teachers developed a program that allows them to form 3-teacher clusters in which they separate students by reading level (low, mid, high) and teach each level using blended concepts from both IB with Gifted programs. The students are able to receive relevant instruction with their peers who are on their same reading level without being held back or left behind. The school leadership is strong and enthusiastic, while the vision is ambitious and clear. The student body is diverse and supported by very active parents. In fact, parents are required to volunteer at least 15 hours of their time (per parent) every year. Socially, the school is not where I'd like for it to be. It has the academic appeal of a private school, but socially... it's just not there yet. However, there are more than enough active parents there to lead the change. Perhaps a change in PTA leadership would help.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
This is my daughter's second year at Imagine Smyrna. I can't say enough about how wonderful our principal, Mrs. Clarke, our assistant principal, Mr. Hibbler, the teachers, and staff are! I have complete confidence that my child is receiving the best possible education. The IB cirriculum is challenging and provides a well-rounded, global approach to thinking and learning. Having a choice in our area is so important. Smyrna and Cobb County are so fortunate to have this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
Imagine is still a new school and had some initial bumps in the road when it first opened four years ago - there was a leadership transition, change of venue and other growing pains. However, since Principal Clarke has taken over, the leadership has been wonderful and the school just gets better and better. My daughter has been going for 3 years, and is currently in fourth grade. I think she is getting a strong education, including a gifted program, and excellent extracurricular programs. She's had wonderful teahers as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
This is our fourth year at IAS and we have been very pleased. The academics are outstanding - My child scored 148/150 on the CRCT this year and in the 99th percentile on the ITBS. The teachers work together as a team to come up with innovative and creative assignments. The classwork and homework are hands-on and encourage individuality and creativity. Our principal is straight forward and no-nonsense. The complainers are typically the rule-breakers. I've witnessed the unconditional love she has for the children on numerous occasions. She does a great job with positive reinforcement rather than negative disciplinary techniques. Overall, I am very pleased with the school. My only real complaint is class size. Unfortunatly there are too many kids per class for my taste, but I understand that'll be any public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
My son is in his second year at Imagine. (1st grader). I love the work they are doing and the project based learning of the IB program. I adore his teacher and love the way the staff interacts with the student. I haven't met one teacher that didn't know my son's name. Imagine is a wonderful learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
Great school with very dedicated teachers and staff. I love that the Principal holds EVERYONE accountable to all policies/procedures and rules including parents. Great field trips are planned for the kids. The work is very challenging and the kids are learning!!! Teachers are very giving of their time and always willing to help out.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
My son is a student at this school this is our first year in Charter. Our experience has been excellent! Being a working parent it is key for me to have constant communication with his teachers. Everyone responds to my requests or questions in a timely manner as well as use other avenues like blogs, to communicated what is going on in the school. I look forward to a continued partnership in this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
WE CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW MUCH WE LOVE IMAGINE SMYRNA! OUR SON STARTED KINDERGARTEN IN THE NEW BUILDING LAST YEAR AND COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! WE ADORE MRS. CLARKE, THE PRINCIPAL, THE TEACHERS, AND THE STAFF! PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER AND IT REALLY SHOWS WITH THE STUDENTS! CHILDREN WHO'S PARENTS ARE INVOLVED IN THEIR SCHOOLS SUCCEED! OUR SON HAS OVER A 100% IN ALL OF HIS CLASSES. HE IS ALSO INVOLVED IN AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS, WHICH A LOT OF SCHOOLS DON'T OFFER AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE! THIS IN MY OPINION IS THE BEST SCHOOL IN SMYRNA!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
We have a 3rd and 5th grader at this school. This is our third year at IIAS. It is an excellent school! IIAS is a great alternative to private school. Professional and courteous staff who care about the children first.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
This is our son's second year at IIAS. From the curriculum to the of unwavering commitment (and accountability) by the Principal and Teacher's, IIAS is the BEST! Our son LOVES going to school each day and is challenged both academically and personally to excel to be his best. Thank you IIAS!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
My children have been students at the school since its inception. I have been impressed by the dedication of the teachers the PTA and the principal Ms. Clarke. I love the fact that the students can participate in the IB curriculum, and they continue to stress language, PE and music. There is a lot of work with the IB curriculum but it is well worth it. That combined with their Gifted Program for students makes an excellent learning environment

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
Very good school. We absolutely love the school. Very good communication between parents and teachers/staff. The broad curriculum is refreshing for a Georgia school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
IIAS IS A GREAT SCHOOL I TOOK MY SON OUT OF PUBLIC IN THE MIDDLE OF AUG 2010 AND HE HAS DONE AMAZING !!!! HE HAS AN EXCELLENT TEACHER THAT I COMMUNICATE WITH WELL AND EVERYDAY HE IS SAYING AND TELLING ME NEW THINGS THAT HE HAS LEARNED I LOVE BEING INVOLVED WITH DAILY ACTIVITIES AND WATCHING HIM PROGRESS SUCESSFULLY I PLAN ON HIM STAYING STILL 8TH GRADE !!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
I was somewhat shocked after reading some of the bad reviews. I am very happy with the school. The challenging curriculum enforces character building as well as academics. The schoolwork is much more advanced than the local public school. The staff is very knowledgable and friendly. All of this is a result of the strong leadership at the top. Best principal ever.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
we are in our 3rd year here at Imagine and we have enjoyed every year. the school has grown and continues to grow every year. i appreciate and enjoy the staff and faculty here. they really strive for the children to be WORLD learners! looking for to many more years here at Imagine!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
My child has been going to Imagine for 3years now and I see such improvements. Highly recommended if you are a parent who is not afraid of extra work.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
Our experience at IIAS has been wonderful. My daughter is being pushed daily to excel. I would like to thank the principal, Mrs Clarke for being the strong hand that helps to enforce the educational standards needed for our children to compete in the world. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
I have a first grader at IIAS and am very pleased with the program. I love the team teaching concept giving the children the experience of varying teaching styles . He has a wonderful core teacher who genuinely loves her job and goes the extra distance to make sure each student reaches their potential. I love the fact that parents have the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and not just at special functions. I also like the support and encouragement the teachers get from the administration staff. Everyone seems to pull together to make sure the children have a rewarding experience. If I had to describe IIAS in a few words I would say "it's a public school with a private school atmosphere". The curriculum is very challenging but our child is learning things in first grade that I didn't learn until 3rd grade or higher. I babysit a child attending a regular public school in the same grade and the complexity of the two children's work is so vastly different that this child wants to do my child's homework because it's more interesting! This has been a great first year for us and we're looking forward to being able to go through the entire IIAS program.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
Love our Charter School! The academics cannot be compared to any other schools in our area. The work is challenging and very hard but I would much rather my child be challenged at a more academically enhanced school rather than be a superstar at a mediocre school! The staff is a true team at our school and everyone has a smile on their face! I actually walked in the other day to find the Principal and the Assistant Principal manning the front desk so that team could meet....bet that doesn't happen at other schools! I know parents who pulled their kids out due to their child struggling and then they go to the public schools and make straight A's...that alone should tell you how much more rigorous our curriculum is!!! I will gladly take homework, projects, essays, etc. over substandard education anytime!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
My child loves this school and is doing great there. I can only speak for his teachers, they are professional and engaged with the students. He is ready for 1st grade and he's only halfway through knidergarten.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
All I can say is.....overall, a great school. There will always be challenges but is how those challenges is the key. My daughter has been a student since kindergarden andis currently in the 2nd grade. If we could, we would be here until the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
My son has been at IIAS since kindergarten. He is now in 2nd grade and all of his teachers have been fabulous. They are very caring and often go the extra mile, they are quite dedicated. The curiculum is great with Spanish and P.E. every day. The principle is accessible, involved and knows each student by name. Required parent volunteer hours keeps the parents involved too. The whole environment is warm, caring and nurturing, I would not have my son go to school anywhere else

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
Imagine Smyrna offers students a challenging curriculum above and beyond GA Standards. If you are looking for a growing school that challenges students to grow academically and personally, Imagine Smyrna is a great choice. The teachers and administration are extremely dedicated to the well-being of each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
I am truly amazed by the dedication of the teachers and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a quality education to the children of IIAS. I appreciate the efforts of the school to incorporate the IB program. I feel welcomed when I walk in the door by the extraordinary front office team. The building administration is responsive and reactive to concerns of the school's stakeholders. I find that IIAS is a great "choice" for the families of Cobb County. The school has created a Character Council to empower students to become involved in the progressive movement of the school.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2011
After months of debating where to take our Kindergartner we finally decided to give school choice a chance with Imagine International Academy of Smyrna. To our delight our daughter has grown both socially and academically. For example the students had an American Symbols project that they were able to present and it was outstanding. Many of the students were confidant in presenting their home made symbols like, The Statue of Liberty, The Washington Monument, and The American Flag. Her teacher has been wonderful. She responds to emails and concerns that we have as a family. She sends positive notes home about her progress and my daughter is always bragging about how much they have learned during the day. Communication with the administration is timely and positive. It seems like IIAS really does have a family atmosphere. I am able to meet other parents during volunteer opportunities that have let me know that we made the correct choice of sending our daughter here. We will be sending our son here next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2010
I took my daughter out of this school. It is horrible and the principal is the most unprofessional, unethical, and dishonest person I have ever met. She does not care about the kids and is only concerned about her 'paycheck' which she stated in several open forums at the school in front of parents, teachers and kids. I don't know how she got the job. They obviously have very low standards for hiring aprincipal. I feel sorry for every childstill enrolled. I am glady paying for private school after that experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
This school is horrible! I took my daughter out after only 2 months. You wait in line for carpool for almost 2 hours to pick up your child. But most importantly, they send home 8-12 handouts (front and back) for your child to complete for homework and she wasn't getting done until 9-10 in the evening. I had a conference with the teacher and told her that quantity doesn't impress me. Sending home a lot of homework doesn't mean that you have an advanced curriculum especially when she's in the 3rd grade and completing 'Lets Tell Time' handouts. She learned how to tell time in Kindergarten & 1st grade. She's in the (regular) public school in my area now and is more challenged than she'd ever be at IIAS.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
This is our second year and I have seen the school change. It has grown by leaps and bounds. My daughter is so happy there. She is one of those kids born in september so she has always been way ahead of her class. My concern had been that she ought to adequately challenged. The teacher and principal rose to the occasion and indeed did challenge all those kids that are ahead as compared to their peers. My daughter was doing 2nd grade stuff while being in 1st grade. Kudos to 1st grade teachers, especially Ms.Cooper. I am looking forward to sending my second one there.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
What an awful experience this school was for our family. I feel for the parents that have children here because although everyone is afraid to say it, it's a terrible feeling to send your child to school with your fingers crossed each day. We have left the school due to a most unprofessional principal and have not looked back. Thankfully, that has been one of the best choices my husband & I have ever made for our family.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Wonderful staff with great studnets and a nice building.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Hard working and dedicated staff who works to meet the needs of the child and the family.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
Because they have a great staff who work hard to do what is best for their students.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
I have 2 children that attend IIAS; one in middle school and a 5th grader. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments that my children and the school have achieved. IIAS has a staff that works diligently to ensure that the students receive challenging and engaging lessons and provide multiple opportunities for the students to participate in cultural and social activities that are unmatched by other schools/school systems. A testament to the dedication of the staff is the high scores that they receive on accreditations and stellar CRCT scores. The teachers put in long hours and volunteer a lot of time to provide a great school experience for their students. This is not something they have to do but rather choose to do. Way to go IIAS fac. & staff! You are appreciated! Education is a thankless profession! Many do not know the sacrifices educators make daily!!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2010
The atmosphere at this school is all about learning. Doing your best, trying your hardest. The Prinicipal has an excellent track record. With her leadership and the dedicated teachers our children are thriving. My child loves going to school, feeling safe and acknowledged for her achievements. Reading, has become her favorite subject. I find that the teachers go the extra mile to help and assist our children. Volunteering has given me a new outlook on what can be accomplished with hard work and decdication to the betterment of our children.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
I was referred to this school by a friend. This is my childs second and last year. I was intitially very impressed with the school. Is SEEMED to be a well oiled machine, boy was I WRONG!! I don't know where to start. The Principal has to be the most unprofessional, rude, disrespectful administrator I have ever encountered. The teachers seem to be overwhelmed ( A lot of other teachers have left from last year). The class sizes are quite large. The estetic of the new school is excellent, but that's where it ends; a nice building with little warmth, organization and emotionally seasoned administrators and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2009
Disappointing in most areas. Disorganized, staff turnover is too high, not enough resources for kids and teachers, morale seems low, neither principal nor regional director are interested in addressing concerns of parents. Poor test scores overall. This school sounds great but actions speak louder than words and the action here is not good.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
I brought my children to this school because they promised small classrooms and increased focus on education. 3rd grade has 20 students and 6th has 32. My children have d averages. They are a/b students. The staff is not really friendly. Nurse is rarely avaiable and when she is there, is pretty useless. Do not bother putting your children in this school, Nothing the principal promises will happen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The fabulous faculty and staff now have a fabulous new home! We love IIAS!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
Imagine Is the worst school my child has ever attended. The problem with the school is no unity. The Principle is very unprofessional,cold and totally disrespectful to parents and staff. The staff is constantly changing. That says alot about how unstable the environment is. I know numerous staff that have left only because of the principal. Please rethink sending your child to this school it is a big mistake!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
My son has been at IIAS since it first opened, and in spite of the 'Principal' the first year, he has had great, dedicated teachers. The teachers encouraged parent involvement and really kept me informed! I can't say enough good things about Mrs. Sample, and Mrs. Yanten, and they welcomed my classroom help. If your child isn't succeeding at IIAS I would strongly encourage you the parents to become as involved in the classroom as possible! Another Mom and I helped out 4 days per week last year in the 4th grade classroom, and we saw our kids Math scores go way up! Keep up the great work Mrs. Clarke and all the teachers! We love the school!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
I keep waiting for this school to turn the corner but it just isn't happening. On paper it is fantastic. Mrs. Clarke is trying but things just won't come together in all areas. I believe the biggest problem here is that Imagine Schools is too worried about their dollars and bottom line and not worried enough about doing things right by our kids. If they would only be willing to put the money in to getting everything up to where it should be based on their promises and take a loss for 2-3 years then I think we would be off and running. They won't do that though. Its all about cut cut cut but the money going to them never gets cut cut cut. Just the educational stuff. The priorities are not in the right places.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2009
Well, this school has a long way to go. Although they have good concepts in theory, it just (I don't even know how to say it) needs improvement. I have heard the elementary school does wonderful, I don't know...I have only dealt with the middle school. Teachers constantly turning over. There is a reason. A majority of the teachers are unprofessional in speech and actions. I just don't think they could get away with what they do in the public school system. The way they talk to the children. There are no supplies, they ask you to donate everything, it's just not together. As far as a new building, I think they need to try and repair themselves from the inside out beginning with the faculty. Ms. Clarke is probably trying but I think she could use an assistant principal. Middle school needs its own administrator.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
I am a parent that supported the school concept, moved my child to attend from the beginning and have been extremely active on several boards and in-classrooms. Over the last several months, I have grown more and more displeased with the school. Communication has always been concern #1 - lack of communication. Mrs. Clarke is a caring, active, thoughtful Principal, but she is one person. She severely needs a second in command aka Vice Principal to assist the growth of the school. She cannot do everything. The curriculum is good, but there are not enough qualified teachers to assist with the implementation. The new building should never have been secured and is not proper for students. The proposed gym was not included in blueprints shown earlier this year and parent s were told that the park behind would be utilized. Unacceptable. Bad weather, asthmatic childrens and public access are 3 reasons.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
May 14, 2009
We are thrilled to have our kids at IIAS! We look forward to another great school year in our brand new location!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
In its 2nd year of operation, the school is doing very well under the circumstances of getting the school built, hiring qualified teachers, etc. Having sent our daughter here after initially sending her to private school, i must say we are pleased with the quality and challenge of the curriculum presented. Once the dust settles and the young teachers become more experienced at teaching in this environment, I expect the school to move to the top as one of the premier schools in cobb county and in the state.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
I wrote a very positive review of the school last year. I tried to be understanding of a new school having bumps along the way. I felt as long as there was respect between administration and parents the school could go far. I have since realized the current administration is not interested in retaining involved parents who actually have thoughts and comments about the environment and how their children are taught. Last year we had a fabulous teacher and were shielded from a lot of the schools downfalls. Now it is becoming more evident that discipline/respectful behavior are not priorities in this school. A lot of the children still do not wear the required uniform and parents who ask about it are told that there just isn't enough manpower to deal with it. Now we are going into middle school and after 2 years it is time to try another school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2009
Overall, the elementary kids are great, the middle school is awful. The students in middle school never wear the proper uniform, and the behavier is very bad for middle school. I don't like at all. Plus the teachers can be very rude.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
Excellent teachers. Focused administration. Goal oriented students. Resourceful and involved parents. IIAS is going to be one of the top schools the Atlanta area. We are proud to be one of it's 'pioneer' families!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
After a rocky first year, this school is really coming into shape this year. Principal Clarke is perfectly suited for this school and has had a tremendously positive impact, including the application of the simple school rules that all students and parents must follow. The teachers our son has had have been well qualified and unbelievably dedicated, and our son has progressed continually beyond our expectations. The IB program brings a style of teaching and learning that may not fit all students or families, but it has proven to be of great value for our son and our family. Every day our son wakes up happy and ready to go to school, and has been performing exceptionally well. We don't consider it a coincidence that it happened at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
This is my second year in Imagine. This school is kind of alright to me. All they are missing are textbooks and a building. This school has faced a lot of problems ,but they faced them all. We had good and bad times here, mostly good!! But it was kind of awkeward because I moved here in the begining of February and I didn't get to meet the principal there. Although I didn't meet the previous prinicpal, I'm glad that I met Mrs, Clarke!!

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
Although the 1st year had plenty of bumps, this school is a welcome and needed addition to the Smyrna community. It's no secret the local schools in Smyrna (except for a couple) aren't up to the standards of the rest Cobb County, and this school is a great alternative for Smyrna families. It's not for everyone, and if you aren't willing to be involved, and spend lots of time on school projects, it's best your children stay in the local Smyrna schools. The Principal, Ms. Clarke, is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2008
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June 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
IIAS has had a challenging first year of operation. With two children at this Charter school, it has been a very positive experience for our children. Our children were blessed with two incredibly talented and wonderful teachers. The progress they've made over the year and the type of work they've done consistently amazes us. They are challenged every day and we look forward to an exciting year next year. Kudos to the new principal Ms Clarke for addressing many of the communication issues that were concerning to so many parents at the beginning of the year.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
I have tremendous respect for the parents who put their children in this program and respect for the stated goals of the school. The concept is terrific and the alternative to regular public schools is nice. The reality of the school that we experienced before pulling our child out was an abomination. I've never seen an organization with more poor communications. Dishonest staff. Incompetent staff. Nepotism. Safety hazards. Unacceptable lack of student movement during the day. Has the permanent building site been identified? If not, the fact that it was required by charter to be identified nearly 2 years ago gives you an indication of the lack of concern imagine has for families. 3 principals in less than 1 year. 1st principal left after 2 weeks? What's up with that?

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
My oldest child is in kindergarten and has had a wonderful year. I can not get over how much he has learned and grown in Ms. Anderson's class. Ms. Clark, the principal, has brought some much-needed stability and focus since her arrival in March. I believe we have learned a lot and have made great progress towards many of the issues that adversely affected the school and faculty those first few months. I am excited to be a part of that progression and positive momentum next year, and then the following year when my second child joins IIAS!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
We were very patient with IIAS for most of it's first year in operation. My son was miserable. The students were doing dull paperwork in tiny trailors most of the day. The class was chaotic. Communication w/ teacher was lacking, no clear instructions to homework or projects which meant another email sent to the teacher for clarification. By way of the school website the PTO would announce to be looking for information or items that would come home with the students. The promised info/items were never there and yet more emails to the teacher. The ball was dropped on our child being tested for gifted. The teacher was constantly pointing out what our child lacked, not highlighting the fact he was the reading two grade levels higher. 3 hrs of homework most every night even on weekends/holidays. Glad we pulled him out of there!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
IIAS has come a long way since the beginning of the year. I have 2 children at this school and I'm glad I made the decision to send my children here and to hang in there during its first year. Since Pricipal Clarke took over in March the school has made incredible improvements. My kids really like this school and they have great teachers. Ms. Wynn, kindegarten teacher, is awesome and the afterschool programs have been great! We look forward to next year.

- submitted by a parent
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2144 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA  30080
(678) 370-0980
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