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1280 Buck Jones Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606

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(919) 623-2323
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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 24, 2015
Once again, my son has 5 classmates instead of 25. He receives a lot of individualized instruction.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 24, 2015
Unlike charter schools, all of them are certified. They're also not overwhelmed with 30 students.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 24, 2015
Kids at competing private and charter schools have projects over the breaks (Sterling Montessori, Triangle Math etc.) My family can take vacations over breaks. An hour a day is typical at Atlas.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 24, 2015
It's such a small school that the staff is easily able to address behavior issues. Any public school parent knows that recess monitors have to try to keep track of too many children. Public schools do not allow parents on their playgrounds, Atlas does.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 24, 2015
Yes. All of my son's teachers set very high standards and high expectations. Having high quality teachers is a strong point of this school.

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August 24, 2015
My son attended public school in kindergarten, his class had more than 20 students, the assistant was harsh, and the teacher was overwhelmed. We switched to Atlas and he is thriving! He has nurturing, enthusiastic teachers, and is excelling academically.

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August 20, 2015
We love Atlas! They use a project method that the kids love! And all the students learn French and Spanish AND two musical instruments. The 1 to 6 teacher-to-student ratio is awesome! Whether your child is gifted and needs more stimulation, or struggling and just needs more attention, Atlas is the place to go! All kids are placed according to their ability, not their age. You really need to visit the school and see it for yourself.

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August 14, 2015
It is a great school until you realize that it lacks SO much that is taught even in the public schools.

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Develops grit: Disagree
August 14, 2015
This school breeds sheltered students. There is nothing wrong with this until they hit a different school/school system. Then the student is in for a rude awakening.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
August 14, 2015
Atlas has some dedicated teachers. It also has a staff that is afraid to have an opinion. Teachers can't really be themselves, so we don't know how they can teach things when they are being impeded in almost every way.

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Amount of homework: Too much
August 14, 2015
All work is done at home, including projects. Very little real work is done at home as the owner feels this all falls on the parents since the school claims it is a "homeschool- co-op"

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August 14, 2015
Atlas has potential but unfortunately it is seriously lacking the resources needed to compete with other area schools. They are unable to offer a more challenging curriculum to students who work above their grade level. The preschool needs much better direction and oversight; a poorly designed program. New ownership is needed before any real positive changes can be made. While they do offer smaller class sizes, too many other shortcomings make this school an unviable option, especially considering how many other really great schools are located in this area.

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August 13, 2015
Atlas International is an amazing school and once you become part of the Atlas family, you clearly see and feel a part of something special. We feel honored to be a part of Atlas and cherish the experience in education there. Not only have we benefited from the healthy food policy, but others with whom we’ve shared this, have also benefited. When students present their projects and you visit the classrooms to hear, see and witness the learning, it is awe inspiring. We feel the project based learning allows for real life experience in the classroom, and the low student/teacher ratio allows the teachers, students and parents to better understand each other and support expectations and goals. You have to be committed in making education a priority, and understand as parents, education not only occurs at school, but it takes place at home too, which is where morals, values and ethics should be taught. The teachers are amazing, and it is very clear they are dedicated and have superior backgrounds. The teachers and administration have a vested interest in all who attend there. Atlas does an outstanding job serving the diverse makeup of the individuals who make up the Atlas family. As a long-term committed parent to Atlas and having experienced many decorated educational facilities, Atlas certainly stands out and will make a forever impression as a positive and rewarding learning experience.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 12, 2015
The teachers are incredible. Just incredible. You really get to know them and they really care about the kids.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 12, 2015
They definitely develop compassion, caring, and empathy in their students. All children are encouraged to be kind and to take care of each other.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 12, 2015
The definitely develop honesty, integrity, and fairness in their students. The books and other literature they choose are chosen in part for this.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 11, 2015
This school is a parent cooperative school and the parents are expected to work as co-teachers. It's great because we get to help educate our children!

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 11, 2015
The definitely develop respect in their students. The fact that it is a parent cooperative also means they tend to attract kids whose parents are very much involved in their education. Because of this, the kids tend to be very respectful.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
We have monthly virtues to work on with our children at home and at school that are introduced in the monthly school newsletter each month.

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August 08, 2015
Our experience at Atlas is fantastic. My children have been at the school for 5 years now. We found the school when my son was 6 and daughter was 2. We are not going anywhere! The school has a fantastic focused proven academic program that is managed using the most efficient use of everyone's time.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 08, 2015
We are able to complete all our homework on Homeschool Friday's along with project work. It is fantastic for the chlidren to spend the morning doing their homework and by lunchtime they are ready to enjoy the weekend! During the school week my children are able to relax and PLAY afterschool and before bed because they have completed their work on Fridays and reviewed it at breakfast each day before school starts.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
Yes. Both my children are taught and pushed to improve themselves with love and kindness but with a firm word. They have experienced the rewards by their hard work and they are always determined to do their best, even when the going gets tough.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
I see the students being encouraged to show great team spirit, work together and collaborate in work and in play both inside and outside of the school.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 08, 2015
Our children are taught to think about others feelings and work to love and be kind to other's all the time. The school has always helped us sustain this in numerous facets and I see it happening amongst the other children all the time.

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August 07, 2015
This will be our 7th year as part of the Atlas family. We had some very specific goals for our children's education and Atlas has met those and more. Being from a bilingual family, we very much wanted our kids to have foreign language included in their curriculum starting in pre-K. Atlas' immersion program has been great for our kids without being overwhelming for students just starting to learn. We also wanted a school which addressed the whole child, not just a score on a standardized test. Atlas emphasizes nutrition, manners, core values and being part of the team as well as teaching individuals at their own pace. With a 6:1 ratio, we know that our kids are getting the attention that they need. Finally, it was important to us to have a school where we felt that we, as parents, were part of the educational team. Atlas is great about keeping parents current on important information but they also want parents to be involved in projects and events at school. This gives us an opportunity to be hands-on and really add to what the kids are learning in the classroom. We couldn't imagine our kids going to any other school.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 07, 2015
With a 6:1 ratio, the teachers really get to know each and every kid. They are able to let some move faster or get added complexity to their lessons. Still other kids are able to slow down and spend some extra time learning individual concepts. They are really so pleased when parents are involved. They have great ideas for supplemental learning for individual kids. They are a very dedicated, caring group of educators.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 07, 2015
Because Atlas is set up as a co-op school, there is more homework than one would normally see at a public school. The idea is that the teachers set the curriculum and teach the basic concepts. Homework is assigned to reinforce these ideas but its up to the parents to judge how far to take each lesson. There will be times that kids just get through the assigned homework, understand the lesson but don't wish to learn more. There are also times when even after the homework is completed, the kid just needs a little more explanation to really understand. Finally, and here is where I LOVE being part of a co-op school, there are times that your kid finishes their homework and are absolutely fascinated by the lesson. They are eager for more. When you see your kid that excited, it's hard not to share their enthusiasm. Because of the shorten school days and no classes on Fridays, parents have the flexibility to go further with these lessons that their kids love. We go to the library and check out more books on certain topics. I can take the kids (and sometimes several friends) to the tons of local (and often free) museums to get more information. As a result of these extras, my kids are completely comfortable speaking to tour guides and museum curators. They are respectful of rules and behave wonderfully in any public situation. We can choose this topic for one of the assigned projects throughout the year and make posters, videos, or models to learn more. My kids may not remember individual lessons when they grow up, but they will remember that we had the time to have these experiences.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
August 07, 2015
Atlas is not a trophy just for participation type school. The students are praised for hard work and persistence. Those that need extra help receive it without judgement, but then everyone celebrates that much more when milestones are achieved. Atlas has a nice blend of talent. There are some that excel in the classroom, some that excel at the foreign language immersion and some that amaze us at the music recitals. Atlas understands that every kid is great at something, but no kid has to be great at everything. They are proud of accomplishments and support where extra help is needed.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
August 07, 2015
Atlas is a fantastic balance of academic curriculum and good citizen skills. They students are asked to speak to their teachers and classmates in constructive and polite ways. They are all given chores (wipe lunch table, hold door for recess, put away supply bins, etc) It's these little lessons that will stick with kids as they become habits that they will continue to use as adults.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 07, 2015
I would refer back to my previous posts of real examples where the school is encouraging kids to think beyond themselves and make good choices as to how they want to treat others. My daughter has assisted several times by having prospective students shadow her for part of the day. She told me that she loves doing it because she knows how scared/nervous they must be trying a new school and she can make them feel more comfortable. I'm sure that the teachers help kids see things from another's perspective.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 07, 2015
Every month, the director of the school sends parents a newsletter that contains a monthly virtue (in addition to important school updates and dates to remember). The intention of including this virtue every month is so that kids can begin to think about the world outside of themselves and encourage a curriculum as a world citizen not just an academic one. These lessons are discussed by the teachers and parents for reinforcement and so that the kids can ask questions at home or at school. One of the moms also started a kindness club this year. Any kids and parents interested get together a few times throughout the year and talk about kindness, empathy, inclusion, service to the community, etc. I wondered how many kids would think that it was not cool or that it was too touchy-feely but every meeting there was a great turn out with active participation.

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
August 05, 2015
The teachers hands are tied. They are limited on what they can teach and for how long...all by the owner. In fact, they are not allowed to have ANY Scholastic books in the building because the owner thinks the company who makes the books are corrupt.

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Develops grit: Disagree
August 05, 2015
This school offers very basic education. If you have any issues they will sweep them under the rug. If kids question anything, they will not listen. It's the owners way or the high way.

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August 05, 2015
This school charges a lot of money but you get nothing in return. The preschool (which costs a lot!) has a slim selection of old beaten up toys and is run entirely by volunteers. The teachers and volunteers are not background checked. The facilities are old and filthy. Bullying is very prevalent and is not addressed. Some kids are physically violent and it is tolerated if they are from the "right" family. There is an extremely high rate of turnover amongst teachers. They seem to be disengaged and several left mid year. The school is not run in a professional manner. Beware!!

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November 21, 2014
I have two children currently in the school. We have experienced elementary and preschool. The first thing I love about Atlas is that you are treated like family. If your kid is hurt and needs a hug, they'll carry them and give them a hug. The second thing is the way kids mentor one another; all the elementary kids have interactions with each other, and the older ones encorage and support the littles; so sweet. The class size is awesome, and because it's so small, they can customize your child's learning to meet his/her needs. We are big fans of Atlas :)

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October 12, 2014
I chose Atlas because of the holistic approach to learning that my children are being offered there. My children are structured and encouraged to perform to the best of their abilities while being provided with the proper tools to succeed. Parents and teachers work as a team, and students are expected to be kind and respectful. The healthy eating policies and daily recesses help make it easy for the children to stay focused during the day. I love the homeschooling aspect encouraged by the school's shortened school days and weeks allowing the parents to work with the children at home on research projects which the children proudly present to their class every other week. We love Atlas!

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October 07, 2014
When we moved to Cary, last year it has been chaotic due to the public school system. With year round schools which is more confusing and disrupting for both parents and children. In my desperation when I found Atlas I was elated. My child used to attend a public school last year. This year when we were arm twisted to attend an year round school, Atlas School was my answer. We are very happy with the school it feels like there is personal attention. Our child takes responsibility for his work and scores higher marks in his tests. Our child also discovered that he is a very creative writer. It makes a world of difference. I just wish there were schools like Atlas. It is not your fancy school but if you want to raise children with good eating habits, good ethics, and to understand academics and actually be interested, inspired towards learning then this is the place to go. They teach two foreign languages, music one on one violin and piano, and they have clubs on fridays along with Saxon math. Super, Super, school. I personally feel that this is cary's best kept secret.

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March 10, 2011
Excellent school! It is incomparable with wake county school systems. It has shorter day and no school on Friday except that it is just an amazing school and amazing teachers! I highly recommended it for any body who is looking for an excellent school with teacher student ration 1:6

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July 17, 2009
This school is wonderful! My child is challenged and looks forward to going to school every day. His teachers are some of the best in the Triangle. And thanks to the 6 to 1 student/teacher ratio, he learns more, even though the school day is somewhat shorter than at most schools.

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July 11, 2009
My child has soared at Atlas School. Her teachers are phenomenal, providing lots of structure and organization, and giving her more one-on-one attention in a day, than she got in a year, at her other school. I'm very much in tune to what she is learning and I know all the other parents, and their children. I'm especially impressed by the quality of the students. They are better behaved than most, probably because of the strong parent involvement. I also love the extra-curricular classes offered, and the emphasis on health. Hopefully more schools like this will open in the future.

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April 29, 2009
I love this school! I have two pre-schoolers who have been at Atlas for two years, but I am looking forward to one moving up to kindergarten next year. My children's teachers are some of the most nurturing and creative I've known. Further, thanks to short school days and the 6:1 ratio, the teachers do not appear to experience the frustration of having too many children for too many hours a day. Both of my parents were heavily involved in the public school system, so I know. I have also had the opportunity to work with each grade level at Atlas in one capacity or another. Thus, I have been able to witness the patience all the teachers extend towards the children, the director's astuteness in identifying what each child needs to be successful, and the community that has been created through parent-teacher collaboration. Did I mention I love this school??

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April 29, 2009
This school is fantastic! My gifted children are challenged in all subjects and love the projects they do every other weekend. They especially love the fact that they choose the topic (under a larger umbrella topic). With a 6:1 ratio, the kids get a lot of one on one attention. The parents are very much involved too. At my children's other school, I barely knew what they were studying, and the teachers seemed to feel uncomfortable having parents visit or help out. At Atlas, we are always welcome and treated with respect. My kids also love learning Spanish and French and can play both violin and piano quiet well!

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January 09, 2008
This is my daughter's first year at Atlas and she is being challenged and loves it. The ability of Atlas to enable her to push ahead in some core subjects is invaluable. And exposure to more languages and piano has been very intellectually stimulating to her. She is very happy at Atlas.

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January 07, 2008
Our family fell in love with Atlas with just the mention of foreign languages and music. Since these things are being removed from public schools it was very important to us that they recieve some language and music instruction. However, we never imagined that our five year old daughter would be taking violin, piano, French and Spanish. It is absolutely amazing and she loves going to school. The added bonus is the focus on healthly lunches and snacks, we have even incorporated this into our home!

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January 05, 2008
This is our child s first year at Atlas, and he looks forward to going to school each day. The school s low student to teacher ratio provides individual attention for each student, and the teachers and staff are wonderful. The way the classes and curriculum are structured allows students to learn at their own level. At Atlas, our child is able to take piano and Spanish every day and is making good progress in both. He is being taught to use his critical thinking and problem solving skills, and is encouraged to be creative when doing science and social studies projects. We like the way the school encourages and welcomes parent involvement, which creates a sense of community. At Atlas, our child is getting an excellent and well-rounded education.

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January 04, 2008
My daughter has attended Atlas for two years, and we love it! She is getting a quality education, the benefits of the low student-teacher ratio, two languages, music instruction in piano and violin, and only healthy food! We could not be happier. Atlas is a wonderful school!

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Atlas International School
1280 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC  27606
(919) 623-2323
Last modified Atlas International School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Atlas International School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top