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Atlas International School

Private | PK-8 | 50 students

We are best known for low student teacher ratio.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $175,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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Posted Friday, 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 :)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2014

This will be our 6th 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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??
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 7, 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 5, 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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Posted January 4, 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!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 52%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 26%
Hispanic 0% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Elizabeth Howdeshell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Supports home-based learning
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • Varies
Girls sports
  • Varies

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • varies
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our school maintains a 6:1 student-teacher ratio in all core classes. We are a parent co-op school blending elements of traditional schooling with homeschooling.
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
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1280 Buck Jones Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
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Phone: (919) 623-2323


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