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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Great school, amazing teachers and many opportunities for Parent involvement! Every parent should join the PTA!
staff is helpful and friendly, the teachers are wonderful. my kids have been challenged at this school, which i think is wonderful.
IAS has worked really hard to improve the level of education our children receive. Teachers are dedicated, available, and communicative.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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