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Atlanta International School Headmaster Kevin Glass
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Teachers have to be learners too"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Atlanta International School full-time

    Pros

    School has a wonderful vision for learning and development as an international school. AIS works hard to keep students and their learning at the center of what they do. Staff and faculty care a lot about the students and their success. The school tries to embrace the future where our students will live and is never satisfied with good enough.

    Cons

    A few faculty members are struggling with the changes in education in the 21st century. They have difficulties with the new approaches to learning in the classroom and tend to complain rather than learn. We ask our students to try, get it wrong and try again. Some teachers who have been at school for a long time need to do the same.

    Advice to Management

    Work to support faculty learning.


  2. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Cook-Prep Cook, Cashier in Ellenwood, GA
    Former Employee - Cook-Prep Cook, Cashier in Ellenwood, GA

    I worked at Atlanta International School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the staff is good and the kids are great

    Cons

    working some very late hours


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sad what's happened to this once great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlanta International School full-time

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues who are smart, talented and eager to collaborate, personally invested in students success.
    Substantial budget for professional development.
    Not many behavioural issues from students, most there to learn. Classrooms are exciting and vibrant places-lots of learning going on despite the cons below.

    Cons

    Class sizes have become too big as the school is growing too fast without appropriate resources (i.e. classroom space and teachers). Not much trust in the leadership, you can see this with all the turnover in the past few years. New head of secondary school, head of middle school, head of upper school, head of primary school, head of lower primary, DP coordinator, head of counseling, head of IT, head of facilities, all in a space of two years. Now the curriculum coordinator has announced shes leaving too. All the turnover makes teachers stressed and this has an effect on the students as well. School tries to do too much and thinks hiring more leaders (like steam coordinator) will make the school look better but it just makes things more chaotic. Many teachers are looking for jobs elsewhere and this is quite sad.

    Advice to Management

    The headmaster should pay attention to the results of the morale surveys of the past couple years and make plans to do something about the abysmal morale in the school. Trust teachers and respect their time. Honour those who are committed to staying at the school for a long time. Don't let the board dictate the direction of the school. Money isn't everything. Make efforts to build the community instead of pleasing the board and the donors. Be more transparent.


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  5. "A Learning Process"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    An ok place to work

    Cons

    I have no issues working here


  6. "All work on and no joy..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some extraordinary educators as the school has a reputation and capability of attracting and hiring world class teachers.

    Cons

    Only the opinions of the very few at the very top matter. Period. Everything is top down and the talents of educators that have worked hard in this and in their previous institutions are rarely recognized - if ever at all. While there are many strategic plans and paperwork dictated by the leadership, carried out by the mid-level "managers" or group leaders, it is not built by authentic collaboration with the faculty nor communicated well. Driven by so many ambitions, there is no distinct focus to the school, their mission or vision. Direction is driven by a small, elitist cult of personalities that are rapidly losing their touch with the classroom and effective teaching and learning. The secondary school lacks concise articulation of curriculum cohesively across subject areas and programs offered, and with so many egos elbowing for space in a narrow leadership pool, miscommunications, confusions and unnecessary stress are sadly the most common results. The climate amongst faculty continues to very toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Inclusivity studies, research, consultants and big thinking are valuable in trying to move to being a ground breaking school - but there is a danger that you are just becoming another big, expensive independent school doing all the same things that the competition is doing in this area to compete in the independent school student market. Know thyself. Find the focus again for the sake of the students and the faculty else the biggest school supporters and finest faculty will continue to vote with their feet.


  7. "A Waste of Time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Operations in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlanta International School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Underpaid teachers trying to make the best of an educational system stuck in the 1980s. Athletics are very good as well as parts of the humanities.

    Cons

    A small-school mindset trying to run what should have been a high-profile elite institution. Financially unstable, functionally unreliable, chaos runs supreme here. Your money is best spent else where.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to rid yourselves of that board and get your organizational structure under control. Otherwise, you won't last another 10 years because everyone else does it better and cheaper.


  8. "Potential to be fantastic, but..."

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    Current Employee - Secondary School Teacher
    Current Employee - Secondary School Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Atlanta International School full-time

    Pros

    The students are fantastic and I have really enjoyed working with them. The potential to be a top-notch school is definitely there.

    Cons

    Compensation is a joke. Teachers are expected to cover many classes during their "planning blocks" and are given no type of compensation or even a thank you. Administration is so out of touch with teachers and their needs. They make excuses for things but never bother to fix anything. Instead of celebrating the amazing teachers they have, they push them out whenever they can. I would never send my children to a school that costs 30K a year when facilities are subpar and teachers are mistreated.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your teachers and the important roles they play in the community. We are not just numbers who are easily replaceable. Start standing up to the board and finally start putting legitimate student needs first. We have multiple college counselors but only one personal counselor for the entire upper school. That tells you everything you need to know about where the school places the most importance - not the pastoral care of students but test scores and what college they get into.


  9. "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. "Summer job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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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