Please don't let the school brainwash you just because they are about to close. I go to ias and I can count how many kids like the school on one hand. The teachers don't care about your education and lack professionalism. Teachers quit everyday and the teacher hate kids. The principal and assistant principals do no real work to better the school. The spend all of their time gossiping about students and parents with other teachers. Teacher do not teach and do not know nor want to teach. The school goes by a different grading system than the county which they manipulate. They lower how much work you need to do or how good you have to do on something to get a good grade. I could write my name on blank sheets of paper and turn them in all year and I would still get A honor roll. That is why so many parents talk about their kids getting good grades when in actuality you don't have to even try. A 4 is still a passing grade at ias. The school has 2 flat screen TVs in the cafeteria and they show the lunch menu everyday yet when it rain the roof leaks and makes the school smell like mold. I have seen cockroaches so much that I don't even like bending down to tie my shoes. The school is more concerned with how the outside and the lobby look because they like to trick parents and visitors into thinking it's a nice classy school. Do not let the name fool you. The school has 2 clubs to offer and one is detention. Teachers give away detention for anything and never know what really happened because they were on their phones taking pictures for Instagram. The school has us all trapped here because it's too late to enroll somewhere else. I REALLY NEED THE SCHOOL TO CLOSE SO THAT I CAN GO BACK TO PUBLIC. The school admin love love love to lie and they do it more than they do their real job. They make up excuses and treat kids like we live in third world countries. Student can literally get in trouble just for complaining about the school as if we live in communist North Korea. There are kids who have been at ias for 7 years and up who I know would literally do anything to leave. Please give me peace of mind and hope and let ias get closed down. If you think your zone school is worse than ias then you honestly don't even know. The elementary kids have an ok education because teachers are paid big bucks to care. Middle School however is a hot mess and no one cares about us. We could basically wander the school all day and nobody would say anything.
Student are the complete opposite and the admin doesn't care. Kids steal and cuss each other out and fight. Student have no respect for teachers nor admin because teachers and admin lack respect for them.
I have a child that's been at IAS for two years now (1st grader this year). His two teachers have been great. We get near daily updates (Pictures, videos, etc.) from the teacher through class dojo (education app). The school texts, emails, and calls regularly to keep the communication flowing. I would strongly disagree with the reviews about lack of communication. If a parent choses any or all of these avenues of communication, it's VERY easy to be in the know about the happenings at IAS. If a person chooses not to take advantage of these avenues, they shouldn't blame the school because of it. This school has had issues with teacher turnover and test scores. Much of that has come from state funding errors (accidental, not intentional) that have had a cascade effect on the teachers' salaries and in turn the students' test scores. I'm giving a four star, not five only because I know the potential of this school. It's on the cusp of reaching that potential. And, when it happens, I'll be the first one to come back and give it the 5+ stars it deserves.
This school is terrible and the administration is poor and unable to handle parent concerns. The teacher turnover is high and teachers have poor classroom management and no support from administration. My child attended here one semester for Kindergarten and had terrible experience. Since leaving the school my child is doing great and entered into the gifted program. This school received a grade "F" on the state school report card for 2016 which is no surprise with the poor administration and teacher turnover. I would not recommend sending a child to this school. There are other schools in the Cobb School District that are much better.
Kari Schrock should be fired. She is unprofessional, rude, and I do not believe she cares about the education of the children. If she is responsible for the culture that has been developed at this school (which I would suspect as she is the Principal) it is no wonder that teachers are condescending and unresponsive.
Teachers are very petty. It is a tit for tat environment where they try to punish parents instead of working with them to better a child's education. Communication is sporadic and classroom management skills are sometimes non-existent. Should receive more communication about homework and upcoming projects and less about sending in money for school shops and dress down days.