Atlanta International School

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Atlanta International School Reviews

Updated December 31, 2014
Updated December 31, 2014
6 Reviews
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Atlanta International School Headmaster Kevin Glass
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    Summer job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlanta International School

    Pros

    I attended Atlanta International School once I moved to the United States and was always very pleased with the overall feel of the place and the variety of people and cultures.

    Cons

    Atlanta International School is a fairly small society as a whole so it is important for one to constantly network outside the AIS circle as well as inside of it.

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    Too much work and micromanaged.

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    Current Employee - Primary School Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Primary School Teacher in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Atlanta International School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great campus with a variety of cultures.

    Cons

    Micromanaged. Bosses want diversity in teaching, but make teachers guess at how to do it. Too many meetings. Too many emails. No time to create curriculum. Must spend 2-3 hours at home to create lesson plans without books. First year teachers get thrown to the wolves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your teachers teach. They were hired to teach, but you want to change everything they do. How about introducing books. I thought this would be my dream job, but management has made it a nightmare. I will be leaving soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School

    I have been working at Atlanta International School full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues of different cultures, generally clean and attractive work environment, beautiful grounds. Many fine instructors who are among the best in their fields.

    Cons

    Micromanagement at every level of administration in this school, from the very top on down. Hasty decision making on several matters has been problematic in recent years. Too much attention (and money) focused on certain departments, including theatre, athletics, and sciences. Minimal and marginalised attention (and money) given over to other areas, including libraries, music, and art. Board has too many members who have been in place for too long, many of whom no longer have any connection to the school with their children, etc. A very few board members really do think they run the school. That is the job of the headmaster, but the last two as well as the current one are ineffective leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your compensation is NOT competitive with area private schools, no matter how the figures are skewed. Administrative compensation is staggering. Way too much travel at the school's expense; for example, a retired counselor going all over the world, at the school's expense, to host dinners and get-togethers with alumni. Another example: sending four administrators to seven job fairs in a single year, at an ungodly expense in air, hotel, meals ... only to net hiring two teachers. Current headmaster needs to stop feeling "white guilt" which has resulted in him hiring a disproportionate number of black teachers and staff members. Hire the best, please, regardless of color. Lastly, cut back on continued funding of some now-not-as-popular-or-critical events such as Spring Benefit, World Fest, and the like, and use that money to pay your teachers a decent salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great IB concepts. Poorly managed.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlanta International School full-time

    Pros

    Diversed group of experienced staffs and faculties. Friendly international community. Provides a rare multi-lingual learning and working enviroment.

    Cons

    Many people with impressive backgrounds have served a great history of the school and are still members of the Board but it is now dominated by a few (less than professional) Board members who use committees as a mean to address issues or to cover alternate agendas. Headmaster is a puppet role. Senior administrators are left with no real authority to do their job properly. Employees feel unmotivated and have no room to use their talents. If you have a job where else, do not come here. Many talented people have left under the current headmaster and Board's administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented professionals tend to choose whom they will work for and they can do so. Take a look at those talented people have left within the last few years (longer than that may be irrelevant) and also those who are leaving (stop announcing their departures because it does not make you look any better), identify the causes, and fix the issues before they get worse. Some space between the few dominated Board members and the school's senior administrators could prove necessary. Let the employees use their talents in their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice group of people... poor working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlanta International School full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people and fascinating backgrounds.

    Cons

    Overcrowded facilities, poor management, lack of infrastructure, hodgepodge poorly designed systems and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop work from home programs for admin staff. Management training for Senior Managment, Culture evaluations and process improvement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    AIS Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Atlanta International School

    Pros

    Great culture and wonderful people. Very unique and interesting mix of people.
    Amazing school - one of a kind!
    Impreccable educational institution for students!

    Cons

    The pace is far faster than it needs to be. It leads to miscommunications, unnecessary spending, and burnout of employees. Accomplishments are celebrated, but the slightest error and a committee must be formed on how to fix the problem.
    The demand on employees' personal time is also out of proportion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy your staff and the talents they bring rather than overburdening them. Not everythig is an emergency.

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