Vision

A diverse, equitable, inclusive community is at the core of who we are as a school. We are committed to these values as they are vital to our mission of developing courageous leaders who shape the world for the better.

We aspire to create a healthy and positive school climate and culture by providing the conditions necessary for every member of our community to feel seen, heard, treated fairly and protected.

We act with courage and integrity as we actively build our intercultural competence across lines of difference and live by our core values of mutual understanding and equal respect in an intentionally inclusive, intercultural community.

Context

Equity and Inclusion are at the heart of the AIS mission.  Everyone in our community should be equally treated with worth and dignity (AIS Community Principles).  As a community, if we can ensure that everyone is safe and protected, it serves us all. 

But this positive intention has not made it a reality for too many of our students and community members.  The spring and summer of 2020 showed us that there is still so much work that must be done.  And we’re determined to meet that challenge.

As we continue our journey to becoming better, we are so pleased to have Kelsey Hicks-Bunns as our new Head of Equity and Inclusion.  Kelsey is building her team to help advance the work of making AIS the best it can be for all its community.

In 2020 we published an action plan - following conversations with our parents, alumni, and students.  These indicated that achieving an equitable and inclusive school culture where each and every student is seen, heard, treated fairly, and protected required deliberate attention in the five following areas: Systems and Policy, Community Support, Learning and Teaching, Community Composition and Transparency and Accountability.

Summer 2020

During the summer of 2020 many of our Black students and alumni told us that they had not felt the sense of belonging that we strive to create for all our students. 
 
We want all of our Black students, employees and families to know they are seen, heard, treated fairly and protected.  We will continually take action to ensure this environment in our school.
 
This will strengthen the learning of all our students in intercultural competency.   This is critical in developing courageous leaders.  We are an intentionally intercultural community founded in mutual respect and understanding.  We all need to live and work together in this cultural complexity--wherever we find ourselves.

In an international school community, cultural perspectives extend across many aspects of difference, and that almost everyone can be part of some minority group at AIS. This makes our work complex but it is a fundamental part of who we are - that we embrace and that our students undoubtedly benefit from.

Doing this work well for our students, employees, and families brings us ever closer to our mission as an international school in Atlanta - to develop courageous leaders who shape their world for the better.
We thank those who courageously stepped forward to create accountability around our vision and purpose.
  • A diverse, equitable, inclusive community is at the core of who we are as a school. We are committed to these values and they are vital to our mission of developing courageous leaders who shape the world for the better.
  • We aspire to create a healthy and positive school climate and culture by providing the conditions necessary for every member of our community to feel seen, heard, treated fairly and protected.
  • We act with courage and integrity as we actively build our intercultural competence across lines of difference and live by our core value of mutual understanding and equal respect in an intentionally inclusive, intercultural community.

Leadership

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  • Photo of Kelsey Hicks-Bunns

    Kelsey Hicks-Bunns 

Equity and Inclusion Team

Meet our Equity and Inclusion team here.

Programs & Resources

Our students, faculty, and staff participate annually in:

  • Intercultural Competency Workshops
  • People of Color Conference
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • White Privilege Conference
  • Anti-Defamation League Workshops
  • Teaching Tolerance Workshops
 
Our Head of Equity and Inclusion guides initiatives which include:

  • Equity & Inclusion Workshops for New Faculty & Staff
  • Student Affinity Groups
  • Faculty Affinity-based Groups
  • Community Cultural Commemoration & Celebration Events
  • Civil Conversation Dinners
  • Book Study Groups
 

Projects and Programs

Commemorations and Celebrations

Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12, featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA
404.841.3840